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RESCHEDULED: Kicking Off Community Engagement in Energy Democracy!

Thursday, April 25, 2019, 8:00 PM


We are bringing Denise Fairchild back to continue the conversation around building the movement for energy democracy. Denise will draw from her recent book, Energy Democracy: Advancing Equity in Clean Energy Solutions, and we will hear from local panel of experts about work going on in our region to advance community-owned energy and improve access to both energy efficiency and renewable energy. We will then dig into how to increase community development and ownership of renewable energy resources. This interactive workshop will answer some questions and pose new ones around: -          Who makes decisions about our energy systems and structures? -          What are the barriers to energy democracy broadly and in our local context? -          What assets and opportunities do we have to overcome those barriers to increase community ownership over our energy system and reduce energy burdens? -          What is the role of utilities in energy democracy, and how can they serve communities in a democratic way? -          How can we use energy democracy as tool for advancing affordable housing? The event will also include an update on the progress of the 20 by 2020 Building Challenge, a campaign by Shift Zero, Passive House NW, Housing Development Consortium, King County GreenTools, and other partners to promote the development of at least 20 Passive House and net zero buildings, 20,000 square feet or larger in size, by 2020 in King County. The update will include a report on HDC’s new Exemplary Buildings Pilot Program and its progress in charting a pathway to ultra-energy efficiency that is equitable and financially sustainable for affordable housing providers. Attendees will learn how 20 by 2020 and the HDC Exemplary Buildings Pilot can help propel energy democracy in the buildings sector and how to get involved. Speakers Denise Fairchild is the inaugural president of Emerald Cities Collaborative, a national nonprofit organization of business, labor, and community groups. She is charged with advancing ECC’s “high-road” mission to green our cities, build resilient local economies and ensure equity inclusion in both the process and outcomes of a new green and healthy economy. Denise is nationally recognized and respected for her 40-year successful track record and innovative programs in sustainable and community economic development, domestically and internationally. Her civic and political appointments have included the California Commission on Regionalism, the California Economic Strategy Panel, the California Local Economic Development Association, the Urban Land Institute National Inner City Advisor, the Coalition for Women's Economic Development and the Los Angeles Environmental Quality Board. She has lived, worked and educated her two sons in South Los Angeles since 1977 and also served as Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's special advisor for South L.A. Investments.  Katrina is the Climate Justice Program Manager at Puget Sound Sage. She provides advocacy, policy analysis, and strategic direction for the climate program. Previously, Katrina worked at Washington Environmental Council and Climate Solutions, where she provided database support and feedback on racial equity and justice initiatives. She currently serves on Got Green's Climate Justice Committee and has experience as an environmental educator and guide, chaplain, and counselor. Katrina holds a Master of Divinity from Harvard and a Bachelors in Political Science from Yale.  Details  Date/Time:  1-4:30PM Location/Address: Centilia Cultural Center, 1660 S Roberto Maestas Festival St, Seattle WA 98144  Directions:  By Bus: Routes 36, 60, and 107 stop near El Centro de la Raza. The Link light rail Beacon Hill station is also directly across the street. We recommend using transit if possible, as there is limited parking in the area. See Metro’s Trip Planner to map out your transit options.   By Car or Carpool:   Driving from the north (going south) via I5:  ·         Take I5

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