Living Cully Community Energy Plan
What is the Living Cully Community Energy Plan
The Living Cully Community Energy Plan (LCCEP) is a bold initiative that centers the needs of low-income people and people of color (“frontline communities”) in the development of energy conservation and energy generation investments in the Cully neighborhood. As local and state governments continue to develop policy and actions aimed at reducing carbon emissions and preparing for climate change, the LCCEP ensures that frontline communities are represented in the decision making process and have a voice in identifying energy solutions. Furthermore, as the Cully neighborhood finds itself in the early stages of gentrification, identifying energy solutions that also provide opportunities to sustain and or increase affordable housing is essential so the low-income residents may benefit from energy investments. Working at the intersection of energy and anti-displacement may seem overly ambitious, but Living Cully understands that for energy investments to truly benefit frontline communities, this is where our work must be done.
The LCCEP identifies pilot projects and programs that help residents, organizations and business access new and present opportunities in energy efficiency, weatherization, solar and other renewables. Pilots seek additional co-benefits such as community education and organizing, employment, health and increased affordable housing. We aim that the LCCEP serve more than just the Cully neighborhood and also provide as a resource so that other frontline communities can shift energy discussions and investments to better suit current 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
Monthly PAC meeting agendas and notes can be found here: (BEING UPDATED)
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.