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Shiva Prakash

2016, Equal Justice Works Fellowships, Shiva Prakash

Shiva Prakash

Name of Host Organization: New York Lawyers for the Public Interest
City, State: New York, New York
Issue area: Community/Economic Development
Sponsors: Akin Gump, Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

The Project

Provide legal services to low-income New York City communities developing affordable, reliable and clean energy projects that create local economic development and relieve utility burdens.

The Inspiration

Need Addressed By Project
Lack of access to affordable, clean energy poses a significant challenge for New York City’s low-income communities. With electricity rates 59% higher in New York than the national average and a record number of power termination notices issued in 2014, low-income families face a crushing utility burden. In addition, these same communities shoulder the lion’s share of the negative health impacts of aging, conventional energy infrastructure.
The Right Person For This Project
Shiva is the right person for the project because:
• She worked for several years implementing community-based energy efficiency and renewable energy generation in low-income housing and communities
• She has a background in urban planning and has engaged in many community economic development efforts related to housing, energy and local business development
• She has provided transactional legal services to low-income business owners and community groups as part of a clinic