Jackson Koeppel is a co-founder and executive director of Soulardarity, an energy democracy organization based in Highland Park. Soulardarity started after DTE repossessed more than 1,000 of Highland Park’s streetlights, prompting residents to organize for community-owned solar lights and the adoption of community-owned clean energy.
Jackson has been working on environmental justice issues since seeing the impacts of mountaintop removal coal mining in West Virginia and hydraulic fracturing in Ohio. He believes we need concrete alternatives to the fossil fuel economy that work for communities, and that the communities most negatively impacted are going to lead the creation of those alternatives.
In addition to his work with Soulardarity, he is a Wayne State student, member of Resource Generation and avid collector of Hawaiian shirts. You can learn more about Jackson’s work at soulardarity.com.