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New Cohort of Partners Join Partnership for Resilient Communities

For Immediate Release: October 11, 2019

New Cohort of Partners Join Partnership for Resilient Communities

National equity-centered climate program welcomes new and returning partners

October 11, 2019 – The Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC) today announced that new community-based organizations will join the Partnership for Resilient Communities (PRC). The organizations – led by people of color and serving urban communities of color – will implement projects to make divested neighborhoods more resilient to social, environmental, and economic stresses while advancing racial equity in the climate resilience field. These eight partners will join with four PRC partners from previous years to form a 12 organization planning phase cohort.

The PRC works to transform the national urban climate resilience field by increasing the number of leaders of color in the urban field of practice, advancing approaches that build the resilience of people and places, and by fostering inclusiveness through policy approaches, technical assistance, information and resources. The organizations will participate in a six-month planning phase where they will receive customized technical assistance and resources to work on intensive resilience-building plans to improve the climate resilience of their communities.

“We are excited to bring on this dynamic cohort of new and returning partners and look forward to working diligently with each of them to build community resilience that will enable these community-based organizations to be leaders in improving the climate resiliency in their respective communities.”

Steve Nicholas, ISC’s Vice President of U.S. Programs

The 12 organizations making-up the PRC planning phase cohort are:

  • Asian Pacific Environmental Network, Richmond, CA
  • California Indian Museum & Cultural Center, Santa Rosa, CA
  • Eastside Community Network, Detroit, MI
  • Garfield Park Community Council, Chicago, IL
  • Healthy Community Services, New Orleans, LA
  • La Mujer Obrera, El Paso, TX
  • Operation Better Block, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Power52 Foundation, Baltimore, MD
  • The People’s Justice Council, Birmingham, AL
  • Virginia Environmental Justice Collaborative, Petersburg, VA
  • Walnut Way Conservation Corp, Milwaukee, WI
  • We Stay/Nos Quedamos, New York, NY

Click here to download the entire 2019 Planning Phase Cohort list. 

Partners awarded planning phase grants will have the opportunity to apply for implementation funding at the conclusion of the six-month planning cycle. Funding for planning and implementation of the PRC is made possible by the generous support of The JPB Foundation. Learn more about the Partnership for Resilient Communities here.


About the Institute for Sustainable Communities

Since 1991, the Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC) ISC has led more than 115 transformative community-driven sustainability projects in 30 countries including the United States, China, India, and Bangladesh. ISC helps unleash the existing power of local people and institutions to address immediate social, economic, and environmental 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