Basav Sen joined the Institute for Policy Studies as the Climate Justice Project Director in February 2017. His work focuses on climate solutions at the national, state, and local level that address racial, economic, gender and other forms of inequality.

Prior to joining IPS, Basav worked for about 11 years as a strategic corporate campaign researcher at the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW). He has also had experience as a campaigner on the World Bank, International Monetary Fund (IMF), and global finance and trade issues. As a member of a grassroots neighborhood-based environmental group, he has been involved in local struggles on energy justice in Washington DC.

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Solar Energy Is An Equity Issue

A new report explains how states and cities can lift up low-income households through green energy initiatives.
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This report compiles existing state models for Renewable Portfolio Standards expansion and distributed solar access to low-income communities to create best practices for RPS legislation that can be replicated around the country.

Report: How States Can Boost Renewables With Benefits for All

Renewable Portfolio Standards and Distributed Solar Access for Low-Income Households
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Low-income Families Will Bear the Brunt of Climate Change. This Organization is Working to Change That.

Renew Oregon is advancing innovative climate justice proposals, building on a legislative victory to expand the state’s use of renewable energy, with strong benefits for low-income consumers.

White House Declares War On Earth’s Atmosphere

But states are moving independent of the administration to protect us from a climate catastrophe.
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More Secretary of State Email Trouble? This Time It's Rex Tillerson

Rex Tillerson used an email alias when he was the CEO of Exxon. Now, reports have emerged that those emails were used to cover up Tillerson's communications about climate change.
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As the White House Drops the Ball on Climate, Expect the States to Pick Up the Slack

The consequences of Trump's proposed budget cuts to our environmental programs would be vast, but there's a lot cities and states can do to fight back, IPS climate policy experts Basav Sen and Janet Redman tell the Marc Steiner Show.

Help Spread the Word: #RPS4All

Help us spread the word about our latest report, "How States Can Boost Renewables with Benefits for All: Renewable Portfolio Standards and Distributed Solar Access for Low-Income Households."
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Trump's War on the Climate

The administration is actively denying climate change, but cities and states are fighting back.

Project Director

Climate Policy

basav@ips-dc.org

202-787-5215

Topics of Interest

Climate and Labor, Climate Change, climate justice, Climate Organizing