Living Cully Community Energy Plan
What is the Living Cully Community Energy Plan
The Living Cully Community Energy Plan is a project that looks at the needs of low-income people and people of color (“frontline communities”) to develop energy conservation and energy generation investments in the Cully neighborhood. Local and state governments are designing energy policies and actions that address a changing climate. The LCCEP makes sure that frontline community voices are at the table when making decisions. For example, in neighborhoods like Cully, rising housing costs can result in displacement. Thus, finding energy projects that sustain or increase affordable housing is necessary so that low-income residents may access the energy investments. Working at the intersection of energy and anti-displacement may seem challenging, but Living Cully believes that for energy investments to truly benefit frontline communities, our work must be done here.
The LCCEP identifies pilot projects that help residents, organizations and businesses access new and existing opportunities in energy efficiency, weatherization, solar and other renewables. We are specifically looking for pilot projects that come with other benefits, such as community education and organizing, employment, increased health, and increased affordable housing. Additionally, we hope that the LCCEP will serve more than just the Cully neighborhood by acting as a resource for other frontline communities to develop energy investments based on community needs.
We are currently in the research phase of writing the LCCEP and will be publishing our final plan in late fall of 2017.
The LCCEP Project Advisory Committee
The LCCEP is guided by a Project Advisory Committee (PAC) made up of technical experts and community partners. The PAC meets monthly during the research phase of the LCCEP. PAC members are:
Taren Evans, Neighborhood Revitalization Manager, Habitat for Humanity
Kelly Haines, Senior Project Manager, Worksystems, Inc.
Holly Meyer Braun, Energy Policy and Sustainability Manager, NW Natural
Desiree William-Rajee, Board Member, Verde
Jaimes Valdez, Policy Manager, Spark NW
Andria Jacob, Senior Program Manager, City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
Eron Riddle, Cully Weatherization 2.0 Project Manager, Native American Youth and Family Center
Maiyee Yuan, Jade District Coordinator, Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon,
Lizzie Rubado, Renewables Program Strategies Manager, Energy Trust of Oregon
Oriana Magnara, Outreach and Policy Advocate, Northwest Energy Coalition
Zack Sippel, Project Coordinator, Energy Trust of Oregon
Cameron Herrington, Anti-displacement Coordinator, Living Cully
Alan Hipolito, Executive Director, Verde
PAC Meeting and Agendas:
Initial Community Outreach Results
During the summer of 2017, LCCEP staff surveyed community members about their perspectives and interests related to energy conservation and solar energy.
For more information on the Living Cully Community Energy Plan
If you are interested and want to know more about the Living Cully Community Energy Plan, please subscribe to our Living Cully newsletter, or email our Community Energy Advocate Carolina Iraheta Gonzalez at CarolinaIraheta@verdenw.org.