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Good For the Planet, Good for the People.

Rural Beacon Initiative (RBI) is a North Carolina-based social enterprise, committed to advancing business sustainability and environmental justice. Through both private and public consultancy, strategic convening, and deploying models for practical, scalable community based solutions we help businesses address the triple bottom line with practical, equitable solutions.

"We must make progress on climate change. We cannot burn our way to the future. We cannot pretend the danger does not exist ... or dismiss it because it affects someone else."

Ban Ki-moon, President of the Global Green Growth Institute


Key Partnerships in the Southeast

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Croatan Institute is an independent, nonprofit research and action institute whose mission is to build social equity and ecological resilience by leveraging finance to create pathways to a just economy.

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Good Solar provides education, advocacy, and consulting services in the renewable energy industry to and for the benefit of nonprofit and other tax-exempt organizations and low- and moderate-income communities.

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Coalition for Green Capital (CGC) is a non-profit with a mission to halt climate change by accelerating investment in clean energy technologies. CGC achieves this by advocating for, creating, and implementing Green Bank finance institutions.

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Foodshed Capital exists to build more equitable, regenerative foodsheds. They prioritize borrowers who have historically faced difficulty accessing capital through traditional lenders, particularly low-income, BIPOC, female, immigrant, LGBTQ, or indigenous individuals. 


Modernist Communication Strategies is a mission-driven marketing and communications agency focused on helping social entrepreneurs catalyze groundbreaking ideas with digital marketing strategy. 

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Aliance of Native Seedkeepers seeks out a future where indigenous peoples may live with the security of food, health, culture, environment, unity, and justice.

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Providence Omnistructure is a social enterprise delivering connectivity for abundance. Providence accomplishes this audacious mission by maximizing social impacts, building digital infrastructure, curating content and delivering connectivity necessary for thriving, future-ready communities

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Mana Group provides strategic guidance as the trusted voice between national and rural stakeholders for a sustained clean energy economy. 

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The Robert D. Bullard Center for Environmental and Climate Justice at Texas Southern University was launched to address longstanding issues of systemic inequality and structural racism that cause disproportionate pain, suffering and death in Black and other people of color communities.

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Optimal Tech intelligently lowers energy costs by up to 60% by identifying, monitoring, controlling, and maintaining your key electrical equipment. We manage any engineering, procurement, and construction for our clients.

Optimal Tech identifies, monitors, controls, and maintains key electrical equipment, while designing clean energy solutions.


Meet the Team

Our Staff 

Nakisa Glover

Program Coordinator, Justice40 Initiative

Vanessa Barksdale

Director of Communications

Michael McLean

Director of Technology and Operations

Benjamin Barber

Director of External Relations

Stu Dalheim

Senior Fellow, Impact Investment

William Barber


Randy Lucas

Director of Compliance

Meet the Team

Advisory Board


Time until Irreversible Climate Damage

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