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National Resilience Program Expands to Six Community Partners
The Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC) announced today that two new community-based organizations will join the Partnership for Resilient Communities (PRC). Through the partnership’s competitive proposal process, The Urban Collaborative Project of San Diego, Calif. and Walnut Way of Milwaukee, Wis. were chosen to join the PRC to work on community-driven resilience projects that serve the most vulnerable populations in these communities.
Resilience for All
Our partners say it best—empowering community-based organizations and the residents they serve creates "an opportunity for monumental change."
Financing Clean Energy in Your City: An Introduction to Urban Green Banks
This webinar, hosted by the Institute for Sustainable Communities and the Coalition for Green Capital, covers how green banks work and explores success stories from the nation’s leaders on green banks.
Energy Resilience in San Francisco and New York
Across the country, natural disasters and extreme weather—from wildfires in California to hurricanes along the Gulf Coast—have left communities without electricity for hours or even weeks at a time. Incidents like these have spurred cities to look more closely at how they plan for energy resilience in their emergency management preparations. Many turn to new approaches that use solar and battery storage technologies to provide greater reliability and economics than diesel generators.
With funding from the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office and support from the Institute for Sustainable Communities, the City and County of San Francisco and Sustainable CUNY at the City University of New York have completed in-depth feasibility studies on how to provide electricity to critical facilities like police and fire stations, hospitals, and shelters. Other communities now have the opportunity to learn from these leading cities and to use the practical tools, educational materials, and software they have developed.
New Solar Tools
Over the past three years, Solar Market Pathways, a U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office initiative, has supported 14 innovative solar projects around the country with the goal of increasing solar energy adoption by reducing the soft costs associated with solar. These projects have generated new online tools and how-to guides to help customers, developers, local governments, universities, and other stakeholders make well-informed decisions about solar energy.
From all the financial calculators, rooftop solar potential tools, manuals, checklists, and software, we’ve compiled some of the best resources to help those who want to learn more about community solar, energy resilience, new markets, solar for colleges and universities, and multi-family housing.
Meet the Master Rain Gardeners of Detroit’s Lower Eastside
We are partnering with Eastside Community Network (ECN) in Detroit to implement innovative green infrastructure projects—like community-build rain gardens—that directly respond to urgent needs of the city’s lowest income communities. Meet the Master Rain Gardeners who are transforming Detroit's Lower Eastside.
Pioneering Community Solar in Kansas City
Through the Partnership for Resilient Communities, Westside Housing is transforming a five-acre vacant lot in a predominantly Latino community into the Kansas City, MO's first community solar garden.
Call for Proposals, National Equity-Focused Resilience Program
ISC issued a call for proposals from community-based organizations with strong histories of leading positive transformations in their neighborhoods to join the Partnership for Resilient Communities.
Landforce's presentation on workforce development.
Workforce Development Infographic
Living Classroom Foundation's infographic on workforce development.
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