This list is by no means conclusive, it lifts up only a handful of the major accomplishments, milestones, and highlights of the PRC partners so far this year. Please click the links to each organization’s website to learn more and directly support their work.
Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN) – Oakland, CA; Richmond, CA
APEN and allies have been working on bolstering support on AB 1087, a groundbreaking statewide bill that would invest in “resilience hubs” throughout California so communities can gather and access resources before, during, and after disasters. The bill would boost climate resiliency in institutions that already have community trust (schools, libraries, senior centers). The bill recently passed out of the Assembly Natural Resources Committee and will now go before the Appropriations Committee.
California Indian Museum and Cultural Center (CIMCC) – Santa Rosa, CA
CIMCC plans to complete its solar installation later this Summer. The team is planning to reopen the museum in June and are continuing their Healing Through Cultural Arts education program. CIMCC also recently received funding from the Healthy Food Financing Initiative to support infrastructure development for its Food Hub. This will support HVAC upgrades necessary for energy efficiency and green infrastructure improvements.
Eastside Community Network – Detroit, MI
ECN has been working in partnership with FoodPlus Detroit, Sustainable Community Farms, and Breathe Free Detroit for a Composting for Community Health Program. This program has been supporting ECN staff in learning more about the importance of waste diversion and the opportunities created from composting, especially as it relates to climate equity. The ECN Resilience Hub is installed and the organization is planning for potential tours later this year, in collaboration with the Brilliant Detroit and Hamilton Rainscape Learning Lab in a safe, socially distanced manner.
Garfield Park Community Council – Chicago Illinois
GPCC worked with a local resident to initiate a series of “Wellness Walks” in the community. These group walking events, including an MLK-themed walk and a Black History Month walk, have featured poetry readings and storytelling. Twenty residents attended the most recent walk. The walking series is held monthly and seeks to activate some of the neighborhood’s green spaces and increase community cohesion in a safe and socially distanced environment.
Health Community Services – New Orleans, LA
HCS has partnered with Earth Economics to complete an Economic Feasibility Study, which will be released in collaboration with The Kresge Foundation, Earth Economics, Water Wise Gulf South, Greater Treme Consortium, and Bunny Friend Neighborhood Association. The study puts a valuation of $1.3-$17.8 million of yearly ecosystem benefits for all the current and proposed green infrastructure projects across the Water Wise Gulf South brand. HCS and the Water Wise Gulf South team also worked with the state and local governments to streamline stormwater permitting process issues. This will save communities time and eliminate the need to go to various departments separately for approvals.
La Mujer Obrera – El Paso, TX
La Mujer Obrera celebrated the grand opening of the Chamizal Community Center on April 17. This center is the result of efforts from members of Familias Unidas del Chamizal which is the organizing project of La Mujer Obrera. Chamizal did not have a community center and residents had to travel to other communities to use their rec centers. One of the major challenges was the lack of access to computers and wifi. Having a center that provides recreational activities for the youth is important, as well as having a space that would provide a vast variety of resources for the entire community, from the youngest to the oldest.
Nos Quedamos/We Stay – Bronx, NY
Nos Quedamos strengthened its partnership with Hester Street, which provides the team with planning, design, and community development technical assistance. The work with Hester Street resulted in the completion of its OER Planning Study Report, which is the basis for a series of popular education materials NQ is now developing to utilize within its roster of community outreach and education activities.
Power 52 – Baltimore, MD
Power 52 boosted its recruiting efforts by increasing informative sessions through “Coffee and Conversations” sessions, community outreach, and also working on initiatives with its current trainees and alumni. The work the team put in on renewing efforts resulted in twenty-five participants enrolling for Power 52’s 16th cohort. Power52 has also created an outdoor training space for its workforce development training program. They will be graduating their next cohort in summer 2021.
Walnut Way – Milwaukee, WI
In April, Walnut Way celebrated Blue Skies Landscaping’s (BSL) latest accomplishment – the acquisition of their new headquarters. BSL is a workforce and conservation program of Walnut Way providing a full range of landscaping services in the Milwaukee area – specialized in green infrastructure projects while providing employment and civic engagement opportunities for community members. Walnut Way also officially launched its community-owned apparel printing business, Designaway. The project is a social enterprise that creates jobs, prints apparel for bulk customers, and gives local artists, businesses, and organizations the opportunity to have their very own apparel online storefront where customers can purchase their art on high-quality apparel.
Virginia Environmental Justice Collaborative (VEJC) – Richmond, VA
VEJC received funding from Honnold Foundation to cover the complete installation of its Solar PF panels. The team is excited to begin permitting and installation as soon as the organization is paired with a solar installation company. VEJC’s fiscal sponsor United Parents Against Lead also won a grant to install a Garden Labyrinth in Richmond, VA.