Peer Learning

Partnership for Resilient Communities: Peer Learning Workshop III

Chicago, IL | November 5-7, 2018


The Partnership for Resilient Communities peer learning workshop was the third in a series of peer learning events. This workshop brought together our partners—Eastside Community Network of Detroit, Living Classrooms Foundation of Baltimore, and Westside Housing Organization of Kansas City, Walnut Way Conservation Corporation of Milwaukee, and Power52 Foundation of Baltimore —to create a space where teams could build off of their prior experiences to take their resilience work to the next level.

Presenters, Advisors, and Staff:

Taren Evans, Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East
Nile Malloy, Neighborhood Funders Group
Bina M. Patel, Saathi Impact Consulting LLC
Jennifer Patrick, The JPB Foundation
Kimberly Rudd, Rudd Resources LLC
Nathaniel Smith, Partnership for Southern Equity
Rev. Booker Vance, Elevate Energy
Chrysta Wilson, Wilson and Associates Coaching and Consulting
Nicole Enright, Institute for Sustainable Communities
Emily Hlavka, Institute for Sustainable Communities
Jaime Love, Institute for Sustainable Communities
Steve Nicholas, Institute for Sustainable Communities
Audrey Seaman, Institute for Sustainable Communities
Sarita Turner, Institute for Sustainable Communities


Since 1991, the Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC) has worked in the United States and around the world to help communities, cities, industry, and NGOs accomplish their environmental, economic, and social goals. ISC uses training, technical assistance, peer-to-peer learning, and demonstration projects to help unleash the power of local people and institutions to address immediate challenges and opportunities – all while building those on-the-ground solutions into national and international best practices and policy. At the heart of the organization’s approach is results-focused, authentic and pragmatic engagement with all stakeholders, which unearths locally-driven and equitable solutions to the biggest challenge we face – global climate change. Learn more at


This workshop brought together the six community-based organizations from the Partnership for Resilient Communities.



Slides from Nile Malloy's presentation on the Just Transition framework, which helps shift from an extractive economy to a fair and sustainable economy where we can all participate and prosper.

Reverend Booker Vance, Policy Outreach Manager, Elevate Energy
Nile Malloy, Senior Program Manager, Neighborhood Funders Group
Nathaniel Smith, Partnership for Southern Equity

Moderator: Sarita Turner, ISC

These slides supported Kimberley Rudd's breakout session on how to communicate for success, tell your community's story well, and develop approaches that build a narrative about the complex intersection of climate, resilience, economics, race, and community.

Taren Evans shares the inspiring story about the Cully neighborhood of Northeast Portland. She offers smart lessons in
resilience building for us all. Determination, community organizing, partnerships, collaboration, and crowd-funding are some of the key ingredients to the success of Living Cully.

These slides are from Taren Evans' presentation about the Cully neighborhood of Northeast Portland, which offers smart lessons in
resilience building. Determination, community organizing, partnerships, collaboration, and crowd-funding are some of the key ingredients to the success of Living Cully