I'm pleased to announce that the grand opening of the co-designed homes at the Pinoleville Pomo Nation will featured in an Open House next Friday, Sept. 21 in Ukiah, CA at 10 am.
Please come if you can!!!
Since March 2008, the Community Assessment of Renewable Energy and Sustainability (CARES) has been partnering with the Pinoleville Pomo Nation (PPN) near Ukiah, CA to co-design culturally-inspired, sustainable housing and renewable energy power systems that utilize sustainability best practices, renewable energy technology, and reflect the long-standing culture of the Pinoleville Pomo Nation.
During that time, this partnership has secured roughly $1.5 million via CITRIS, DOE, HUD, and EPA for construction and funded 2 PhDs and 2 MS projects in the College of Engineering and the Department of Architecture.
Two of the co-designed homes have been built and the PPN conducted “green jobs” training sessions on strawbale construction materials, grey water, and renewable energy systems for its citizens and local labors participating in their construction.
This partnership has been honored with the 2010 Chancellor’s Award for Public Service in the Civic Engagement and has also been featured in UC Berkeley’s College of Engineering's Innovations (October 2008), College of Engineering's Engineering News (December 2008), College of Engineering's ForeFront (Spring 2009), and the University Relations’ Promise of Berkeley (Fall 2009).
SWEET!!! CARES won a $75K seed CITRIS grant to start a CARES center at Berkeley to codesign & build green it & energy systems for Native Nations.
The center will be called Native American Community Assessment for Renewable Energy and Sustainability (Native CARES) and will include Native American partners such as the Pinoleville Pomo Nation, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and Sandia National Laboratories.
Thanks to everyone that's supporting our efforts to helping communities improve their overall level of sustainability and meet their triple bottom line requirements!
CARES has seen much success since we won the E Team grant in 2007 from NCIIA. I believe that this grant is a another key step in establishing CARES as a major force in the sustainability arena.
The panel included myself, David Edmunds from the Pinoleville Pomo Nation (PPN), Michelle Baker from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and Kimberly TallBear from UC Berkeley.
During our panel we spoke on about the partnership amongst CARES, PPN, and UC Berkeley and how the utilization of Co-Design methodology lead to the creation of the culturally inspired housing design adopted by the PPN.
Overall, Greenbuild was an outstanding success!!. We got an standing ovation at the end of our panel and we made good contacts with representatives form LEED and USGBC.
Currently, we are planning for another panel and paper on the subject of LEED and Native American Nations for the summer as well.
Until then, check out some other comments and blogs about our presentation here and here.