Who We Are

Our Vision

We imagine a world where everyone benefits from electric technologies powered by clean energy, positively transforming communities and bringing new opportunities for training, jobs, and economic growth. This vision drives us towards a renewed, recharged economy that works for us all.

Our Mission

Recharge America helps strengthen communities by deploying philanthropic resources to work with local leaders, businesses, schools, and energy and transportation groups in support of initiatives that foster a home-grown clean energy future.

Helping Communities Thrive By Implementing New Clean Energy Initiatives

What happens when just one internal combustion engine car is replaced by an EV?

Each EV generates savings of almost $1,500 annually on fuel and $3,200 over a decade on maintenance. Those savings remain in household pocketbooks.

Meanwhile, local investments to support EV charging help bring energy dollars local, spurring greater hometown economic growth while community members collectively enjoy less air pollution from vehicles.

Recharge America Works to Make This All Happen

Recharge Goals by 2030

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Communities
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Corporate Leadership
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Charge Stations
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EVs on US Roads
Recharge America is a national 501(c)(3) non-profit whose goal is to promote local economic development through community-wide investments in emerging electric technologies. We focus on communities across the country that might otherwise be left behind as transportation and other areas are transformed to run on electricity and our nation’s electric infrastructure becomes smarter, more efficient, cleaner, and stronger.
Recharge America aims to ensure that the greatest possible economic, geographic, and demographic equity accompanies these changes. We facilitate collaboration among leaders in the communities we work with, including those from business, education, community-based organizations, community and family foundations, and electric utilities.

By emphasizing local involvement and careful listening, Recharge America crafts community engagement, economic development, electric transportation, and general electrification plans that tap into community assets to ensure that crucial work is completed.

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Strengthening Communities With Clean Energy

New energy technologies are revitalizing communities by enhancing sustainability, creating jobs, and fostering economic growth while reducing environmental impact.

Renewable energy sources such as solar and wind power, energy-efficient buildings, electric vehicles (EVs), smart grids, and energy storage solutions are some of the key technologies driving the transition to a more sustainable energy future.

Communities that develop a shared vision for leveraging the opportunities brought by this transition stand to reap the greatest benefits.

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Recharge America Participants — companies and other local leaders committed to sharing their stories – stand at the center of our work.

We help participants and the communities where they are located to share successes and create a stronger, cleaner and fairer future for all.

Attendees at a Recharge America Symposium talking while seated.

Strengthening Communities With Clean Energy

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New energy technologies are revitalizing communities by enhancing sustainability, creating jobs, and fostering economic growth while reducing environmental impact.

Renewable energy sources such as solar and wind power, energy-efficient buildings, electric vehicles (EVs), smart grids, and energy storage solutions are some of the key technologies driving the transition to a more sustainable energy future.

Communities that develop a shared vision for leveraging the opportunities brought by this transition stand to reap the greatest benefits.

Attendees at a Recharge Symposium at a round table discussion.
Close up view of symposium flyer and notepad on attendee's lap, the person is holding a pen and taking notes.

Recharge America Participants — companies and other local leaders committed to sharing their stories – stand at the center of our work.

We help participants and the communities where they are located to share successes and create a stronger, cleaner and fairer future for all.

Attendees at a Recharge America Symposium talking while seated.

Commitment to Environmental Justice

Large-scale technology shifts in the past have often resulted in uneven and inequitable outcomes, disproportionately benefiting already-thriving areas while leaving rural, low-income, and underrepresented communities with negative environmental legacies.

Recharge America is helping communities secure opportunities afforded by the coming energy transition through:

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Education:

Connections to training, retraining and upskilling programs to provide enough construction workers, electricians, plumbers, carpenters, solar installers, EV mechanics, HVAC technicians, and repairers to upgrade and maintain infrastructure

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Innovation:

Helping communities identify new energy innovations. As one example – to make batteries smaller and longer-lasting, devise storage techniques for holding large amounts of electricity for off-peak use, and create a cyclical economy to recover precious elements for reuse

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Planning:

Recharge America supports thoughtful approaches that incorporate the needs and voices of all stakeholders to ensure coming changes benefit everybody

Electricity is Power

The power and the promise of sustainable energy generation is already in our hands: electric cars, electrified homes, electric transit options.

All powered by renewable sources like solar and wind. A smart, resilient electrical grid that manages demand and can route around problem spots. Adopting these technologies and adapting our economy will Recharge America.

Our Team

Recharge America President, Kirk Brown

Kirk Brown

President

Watching student interns from around the country and the world experience clean energy technologies for the first time made me realize the potential we have to achieve great things as we Recharge America!

The opportunity to deliver a refreshed energy economy to communities everywhere is breathtaking and enormously inspiring. I’m thrilled to work with our Recharge participants and communities across the country!

Recharge America National Program Director, Stephanie Dorman

Stephanie Dorman

National Program Director

Community growth - financial and educational - is key to an equitable transition to clean transportation.

Community engagement and programming are my jam! I am passionate about all things helping people, a humanitarian by default, a true leader, fundraiser, advocate and all-around people person.

Recharge America Lead Program & Events Manager, Madeleine Blum

Madeleine Blum

Lead Program & Events Manager

Let’s work together to Recharge the future!

I planned my first major event as a teenager and have been planning various types of events, programs, etc. both personally and professionally since then. Meanwhile, I’ve also branched out into operations, management, teaching, and training. When looking for the next step in my career, I wanted to find a role where I could use my skills for a cause I really believed in, and I found that at Recharge America.

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Recharge America Stamp logo, deep red

Our Team

Recharge America President, Kirk Brown

Kirk Brown

President

Watching student interns from around the country and the world experience clean energy technologies for the first time made me realize the potential we have to achieve great things as we Recharge America!

The opportunity to deliver a refreshed energy economy to communities everywhere is breathtaking and enormously inspiring. I’m thrilled to work with our Recharge participants and communities across the country!

Recharge America National Program Director, Stephanie Dorman

Stephanie Dorman

National Program Director

Community growth - financial and educational - is key to an equitable transition to clean transportation.

Community engagement and programming are my jam! I am passionate about all things helping people, a humanitarian by default, a true leader, fundraiser, advocate and all-around people person.

Recharge America Lead Program & Events Manager, Madeleine Blum

Madeleine Blum

Lead Program & Events Manager

Let’s work together to Recharge the future!

I planned my first major event as a teenager and have been planning various types of events, programs, etc. both personally and professionally since then. Meanwhile, I’ve also branched out into operations, management, teaching, and training. When looking for the next step in my career, I wanted to find a role where I could use my skills for a cause I really believed in, and I found that at Recharge America.

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