Executive Summary: Defining and Addressing Community Opposition to Wind Development in Oaxaca

Jan. 28, 2016 | Written by Kaki Comer

Equitable Origin's case study on wind development and community opposition in Oaxaca, Mexico is now available for to the public.

This morning, we announced an updated version of our case study, Defining and Addressing Community Opposition to Wind Development in Oaxaca (originally published in November 2015) in a press release and made it available for download. Read on for an executive summary of the study:

Since Mexico opened its energy resources to foreign development and investment, wind energy development in the southern state of Oaxaca has boomed, buoyed by the federal government's goal to triple its wind capacity by 2018. Windy Oaxaca is home to a dynamic that is becoming increasingly common around the world as a consequence of the expansion of energy development into new and remote areas: energy development projects within the legal and/or traditional ...

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Equitable Origin 2015 Assurance Report

Jan. 6, 2016 | Written by Equitable Origin

Click here to access Equitable Origin's 2015 Assurance System Report

Information sharing with all stakeholders is a top priority for EO. Just as we seek to bring greater transparency to the energy industry, we are dedicated to making our own organization's systems and operations transparent as well. The sharing of such information with stakeholders is generally known as "assurance."

As a full member of the International Social and Environmental Accreditation and Labeling (ISEAL) Alliance, EO is subject to certain requirements for disclosing internal processes and other operational information to the public. One category of information that ISEAL requires its members to make public is a detailed and up-to-date description of assurance systems--the procedures that facilitate the free flow of information about an organization.

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Advancing COP21’s Climate Vision with Verified-Responsible Renewable Energy in Mexico and Around the World

Dec. 14, 2015 | Written by Soledad Mills

A wind farm in Texas. (credit: "GreenMountainWindFarm Fluvanna 2004" by Leaflet - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons).

Before the COP21 climate summit officially kicked off on November 30th, renewable energy had already received a major boost. The previous day, a group of billionaires led by Bill Gates used the occasion of COP21 to announce the formation of the Breakthrough Energy Coalition, an initiative to “invest early, broadly, boldly, and wisely” in clean energy research and technical innovation to speed the transition to a no-carbon future. Days later, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a Solar Alliance of 120 countries committed to investing in more affordable and more widespread deployment of solar power.

The final agreement ratified by 195 nations on Saturday leaves no doubt that the urgency, investment, and political will in favor of ...

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The Origins of Equitable Origin: Watch the Film, Contribute to the Mission

Dec. 2, 2015 | Written by Equitable Origin

EO President and Co-Founder David Poritz, the co-star of "Oil and Water" in the Amazon jungle as a teenager.

In many ways, Equitable Origin began in a middle school classroom in Amherst, Massachusetts in 2001. That's the place and time that, at the age of 14, EO President and Co-Founder David Poritz began to discover his passion for defending the people and nature of the Amazon jungle. You can read a brief version of the rest of the story...or you can experience it in your own home.

The documentary film "Oil & Water" is now available for home rental through the Equitable Origin Website! Sign up for a free Vimeo.com account and pay $5.99 (via credit card or PayPal) to stream the full movie for 24 hours from any connected device--click the player below to begin. Once you've experienced the story of how EO came to be, we ask you to join us in our mission by making a tax-deductible donation through our secure online system.

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"Oil & Water" picks up the history of EO in that Amherst classroom and takes the audience along for an exciting ride through six years of David's life and deep into the Amazon to visit the indigenous communities that inspired him. The film ...

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EO is Hiring: Development Manager

Dec. 1, 2015 | Written by Equitable Origin

EO is looking for a driven and dedicated Development Manger to add to its team in New York City! It's a great opportunity to work in all aspects of nonprofit fundraising for an innovative and dynamic organization.

For more information about the position, read and download the PDF job description here.

To be considered for the Development Manager Position, please send a CV and cover letter to careers@equitableorigin.org with the subject "Development Manager."

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EO President Explains Value of Voluntary Standards for Risk Reduction in New Mexican Energy Sector at PEMEX Conference

Nov. 6, 2015 | Written by Josh Garrett

EO President and Co-Founder on stage for a panel discussion at the PEMEX International Congress and Exhibition on Hydrocarbons, Petroluem, and Petrochemical Logistics in Veracruz, Mexico..

Mexico is in the midst of a historic turning point for its energy industry. Over the last three years, major reforms have opened up the Mexican energy landscape to foreign development and investment more completely than at any time in the last seven decades. As a result, an estimated $220 billion in investment opportunities are available in the newly-liberalized private energy sector. With so many opportunities available, a Mexican energy development boom is all but assured--the country holds massive oil and gas reserves, as well as substantial wind and solar energy potential. Low oil and gas prices have tempered the interest of international exploration and development companies in the short term, but when prices ...

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Groundbreaking EO-Organized Forum in Lima Sparks Dialogue for More Equitable Energy Development on Indigenous Lands in Peru

Nov. 1, 2015 | Written by Josh Garrett

AIDESEP representative Sedequias Ancón watches a presentation on the first day of the forum.

Last week, EO co-hosted a first-of-its kind event in Lima in what we hope will prove to be the first step on a new path for responsible and inclusive energy development in the indigenous territories of Peru. When we first announced the forum "Indigenous Communities and Extractive Industries: Standards for Quality and Generation of Opportunities Under Equitable Conditions," we noted that it comes at a crucial juncture in the history of oil and gas development in Peru. Just six years ago, indigenous communities' opposition to oil and gas projects in their territories led to violent clashes with police that resulted in 73 deaths and 150 injuries. The tragedy underscored what remains true today: the processes for planning, approving, and implementing oil and gas development in the ...

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VIDEO: Director of Shale Programs Talks Responsible Natural Gas Development with Viridian Energy

Oct. 28, 2015 | Written by Equitable Origin

Equitable Origin Director of Shale Programs Josh Garrett discusses EO's work for responsible natural gas development with Viridian Energy in a video interview.

In September, EO earned a valuable source of support for its work on natural gas development in the U.S. in the form of a $25,000 grant from responsible energy retailer Viridian Energy. As a recipient of Viridian's Simply Right Natural Gas Fund, EO is honored to join a group of organizations dedicated to clear and pragmatic approaches to improving social and environmental practices in natural gas development.

In this video interview with Viridian, EO's Director of Shale Programs Josh Garrett explains how the grant is being used to expand and improve community consultation efforts aimed at finalizing the EO100 Standard for Shale Oil and Gas and discusses where EO fits into the ...

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Startup Innovation, Environmental Economics are Central Themes of EO President's Swing Through Nebraska

Oct. 6, 2015 | Written by Josh Garrett

EO President and Co-Founder David Poritz addresses an audience of students and faculty at Doane College after a screening of "Oil & Water"

"The world has changed: corporate executives in the energy industry now know that community buy-in is critical to the life and success of development projects," EO President and Co-Founder explained to an energetic audience at Lincoln Startup Week in Lincoln, Nebraska last week. Portiz's proclamation, drawn from years of experience speaking and working with the leaders of energy companies, helped him explain how Equitable Origin was able to gain traction in the energy space after its founding in 2009. The audience for Poritz's talk, "Founding a Sustainability Company and Nonprofit" at Lincoln Nonprofit Hub absorbed the story and lessons of his experiences with Equitable Origin and contemplated how to apply them to their own nonprofit and ...

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EO Leadership Visits EO-Certified Site in Colombia to Oversee Verification Audit

Oct. 5, 2015 | Written by Josh Garrett

Equitable Origin Chief Executive Officer Soledad Mills at the entrance to the EO-certified Rubiales oil field in Colombia. Mills and Director of Latin America Operations Sebastian Pérez were both on site to oversee the verification audit of Rubiales and the adjacent Quifa field.

In September of last year, EO announced a major milestone: the first-ever certification of an energy development site under the EO100 Standard. The EO certification of the site, comprised of two oil production operations (the Quifa and Rubiales fields) in rural Colombia operated by Pacific Exploration and Production (E&P) (formerly Pacific Rubiales Energy), marked the beginning of a new chapter for EO and for energy development by demonstrating that independent, stakeholder-based standards could successfully measure and incentivize best social and environmental practices. Shortly after the certification was granted, we published a certified site profile that gave ...

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