There is a wave of state and federal funding on its way to fund local clean energy resiliency projects. CEL partnered with The Climate Center and SmartBlock to organize a series of workshops and a community of practice. The series enabled and empowered nearly 60 local community leaders to take advantage of these upcoming opportunities. The workshops established four regional cohorts each of which met monthly in a plenary style workshop and training session and then again outside of the main meeting with their organizing cohort. By the end of the series three of the four regional cohorts had identified projects that exemplify the ideals of community energy democracy, resilience and equity. Tanya Barham, CEL's CEO, donated 25% of her time for two years between 2020-2021 to collaborating with The Climate Center, Smart Blocks and communities to make the workshop a reality.
A virtual community of practice workshop series with technical assistance and organizing tools for members
Faculty lead participants step-by-step through the award-winning Community Energy Resilience Toolkit that CEL staff developed while at PECI. Workshop activities, tools and format help cohorts methodically identify and advance clean, local, and reliable energy projects and put in place the necessary steps to make projects a reality.
The aim of the CER series is to build the next generation of leaders. Every participant will leave the workshop with the tools, skills and support network necessary to identify feasible and fundable projects that meet community and funders’ objectives, and develop a strong, self-sustaining community of practice with like-minded peers. The groundbreaking format sowed the seeds for a new generation of community leaders and collaborators to sustain the kind and pace of change necessary for energy sector transformation.
We held the series of eight workshops via Zoom on the second Wednesday of each month, 10-11:30 AM, May through December 2021. Monthly workshops covered tools, strategies, practices, case studies and exercises on the following topics:
Series participants received: