MENDOCINO Co., 04/22 – The Hopland Band of Pomo has received a $ 100,000 grant from Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), as part of a larger program providing grants to “resilience centers” in across California. The program will run for five years and will support the development of community spaces designed to cope with “climate related disruptions”, including power cuts planned by PG&E.
The Hopland Band of Pomo’s proposal is for an intertribal resource center and will include a program of workshops focused on the development of sustainable water practices such as gray water, aquaponics and rainwater catchment systems, as well as on forest fire safety. PG&E’s announcement states:
the Hopland Band of Pomo Indians Pomo Inter-Tribal Resiliency Hub will offer workshops throughout the year on climate adaptation, including demonstration projects on rainwater catchment systems, gray water systems, landscaping fire fighting, aquaponics and emergency response.
“The Hopland Band of Pomo Indians has been increasingly affected by climate change, with catastrophic forest fires causing evacuations and poor air quality, drought and extreme heat resulting in food and water insecurity,” and the loss of traditional foods, teas, fiber and medicine, ”said Tribe President Sonny J. Elliott. “Hopland Tribe is collaborating with PG&E to increase intertribal resilience to climate change and will coordinate workshops and demonstration projects with the grant. The Pole of Resilience projects will provide tribal members in Sonoma, Lake and Mendocino counties with the tools they need to increase food and water security, with aquaponics systems, rainwater harvesting and other methods of water. adaptation.
Here is the full announcement from PG&E:
CTE NORD, California. – Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) today announced the 2021 recipients of its new Resilience Hubs grants, a program that provides support to local and safe gathering places and access to essential services during extreme weather events and other emergencies.
The Resilience Hubs grant program is in its first of five years and aims to help communities create a physical space or set of resources that supports community resilience – such as access to electricity, shelter and information – climate related disturbances as well as security power outage events. Once developed, these resilience poles are also accessible year-round as a community resource.
The program awarded $ 25,000 each to four feasibility projects to fund a needs assessment of the resilience pole and / or conceptual ideas for a resilience pole. The grant recipients are the following organizations:
In addition, the program awarded $ 100,000 each to three design and construction projects towards the design and / or creation of a resilience pole for the following grant beneficiaries. Through these projects, organizations will plan and design new physical spaces or mobile resources, or renovate existing buildings or structures to support community resilience.
City of Richmond
Hopland Band of Pomo Indians
The Latino Equity Advocacy and Policy Institute (LEAP)
“Communities across California need safe gathering places during extreme climate-related weather events or other local emergencies,” said Carla Peterman, Executive Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Chief Sustainability Officer of PG&E Corporation. “Through these grants, PG&E sees and responds to an emerging need in California, helping our hometowns to develop centers of resilience in a sustainable manner to support their residents for years to come.”
Feasibility projects: profiles of grant recipients
- Albany CERT Inc. is a completely voluntary organization focused on the safety of residents of the city of Albany, especially during emergencies. The organization will conduct outreach activities to gather community feedback on the locations of resilience centers, components and resources for the centers, and opportunities for training citizens on disaster preparedness.
“Albany CERT Inc will apply this grant to establishing emergency communication centers in all areas of our city,” said Blake Yeaman, president of the organization. “These funds will allow us to do a full feasibility study, including outreach to our underserved and low-income community members, and help ensure that they will be served equally during emergencies.” We will share the results of this study and our prototypes with PG&E, other CERT organizations and on our website so that other communities will benefit from the results as well. “
- Blue lake rancheria Conduct a feasibility study for a food-anchored resilience center in the site’s tribal convenience store and identify strategies to ensure access to food and other emergency items for identified vulnerable populations.
“The Blue Lake Rancheria is excited to explore and develop regional resilience in all of its dimensions, including food resilience and addressing regional inequalities in food distribution and access,” said Jason Ramos , tribal administrator of the Rancheria. “We are eager to assess the opportunities for a resilient food center at La Rancheria and are grateful to PG&E for the financial assistance.”
- By working directly with community members, Humboldt cooperation perform analyzes to determine the location of a resilience hub and the functions it will provide to meet the highest priority needs.
“With the support of the city of Arcata, a team of community members from the Comunidad Unida del Norte de Arcata and the cooperation Humboldt’s Disaster Response through Community Resilience program will conduct research on the need for a resilience center and of a community center in the Valley West community of North Arcata, ”said Sabrina Miller, coordinator of the Humboldt Cooperation Program. “This project will focus the voices of a vulnerable population within Arcata with the aim of addressing climate risks and building resilience within the surrounding community.”
- the Santa Barbara County will use community inputs and data to identify a site and conceptual design for a pilot resilience center serving indigenous migrant communities and develop a design toolkit to advance the practice across the county.
“We look forward to establishing a center of resilience for our most vulnerable communities,” said Ashley Watkins, chief of the county’s sustainability division. “PG&E’s support will ensure that we create meaningful relationships with community members as we engage in this process. “
Design and build projects: Profiles of grant recipients
- the City of Richmond Install portable solar panels at two existing community centers to create “power stations” that allow residents to use electricity and Wi-Fi during blackouts and emergencies. Clean electricity will be available for both outdoor and indoor use in the centers.
“The City of Richmond appreciates the opportunity to strengthen our communities,” said LaShonda White, Acting Director of Library and Community Services. “With the PG&E Resilience Hubs grant, we will help residents respond to disruptions, such as power outages and extreme heat, caused by climate change. “
- the Hopland Band of Pomo Indians Pomo Inter-Tribal Resiliency Hub will offer workshops throughout the year on climate adaptation, including demonstration projects on rainwater catchment systems, gray water systems, landscaping fire fighting, aquaponics and emergency response.
“The Hopland Band of Pomo Indians has been increasingly affected by climate change, with catastrophic forest fires causing evacuations and poor air quality, drought and extreme heat resulting in food and water insecurity,” and the loss of traditional foods, teas, fiber and medicine, ”said Tribe President Sonny J. Elliott. “Hopland Tribe is collaborating with PG&E to increase intertribal resilience to climate change and will coordinate workshops and demonstration projects with the grant. The Pole of Resilience projects will provide tribal members in Sonoma, Lake and Mendocino counties with the tools they need to increase food and water security, with aquaponics systems, rainwater catchments and other methods of water. ‘adaptation.
- LEAP Institute build 16 mobile resilience centers in the central valley, using grant funding supplemented by additional funding, and provide training to community members to create and operate resilience centers.
“Designing resilience centers to provide mobile centers for climate and air quality monitoring will have multiple benefits for our community and our region,” said Rey Leon, executive director of the LEAP Institute. “LEAP has progressed to become a leader in innovation for equity and supporting PG&E will allow us to train, hire and build mobile resilience hubs locally in the heart of the Central Valley. “
About the Resilience Hubs Grants
The Resilience Hubs grant program will award $ 400,000 per year over five years. Grants for the Resilience Hubs grant program were distributed through a solicitation and competitive bidding process to eligible nonprofit or government organizations (including tribal governments) in the service territory. by PG&E. Priority was given to proposals that responded to the needs of disadvantaged and / or vulnerable communities. The grants are funded by PG&E shareholders as part of the company’s investments in statewide wildland fire resilience and response, pursuant to a mandate from the California Public Utilities Commission. Please see the Resilience Hubs grant program website for more information.