Install a rain water catchment system you’ve always wanted, to prepare for a drought? Check. Prepare your home for “The Big Earthquake”? Check. Meet the neighbors you’ve always wanted to talk with? Check.
The Resilient Hubs Initiative uses a grassroots community-based approach to help scale up home and neighborhood resilience. Our vision is to create a network of sites - including homes, schools, community gardens and neighborhood centers that are “ready for anything” - better prepared for natural disasters, climate change and other stresses in our community. Our long-term vision includes online resource guides, community organizing training workshops and support for on-the-ground activities such as garden and water conservation work parties. The Resilient Hubs Initiative is a collaboration with Daily Acts.
We are excited to help to scale up home and neighborhood resilience efforts through this community-based approach. According to the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities Initiative, one of the most crucial community resilience strategies is to strengthen social cohesion among neighbors and community members so that it’s easier to work together during emergencies. Yet there are surprisingly few environmental groups that focus on strengthening neighborhoods to support resilient homes, and few disaster preparedness efforts that integrate climate action into their programs.
“Social networks—the horizontal and vertical ties that connect us to others—are our most important defense against disasters.”
(Daniel P. Aldrich, 2011, Citylab.com)
Read about the three pillars of the program below.
2018 Pilot Test
We are pleased to be pilot testing the Resilient Hubs Initiative in 2018 in the East Bay, thanks to the support of EBMUD (East Bay Municipal Utilities District) Water Conservation Program, Water Education Foundation and Threshold Foundation’s Thriving Resilient Communities Collaboratory. Our Pilot Testing includes:
- Mini-grants to various sites named as Pilot Hubs, to organize work parties that build out bioswales, rain water catchment systems and other water conservation features
- Profiles about the Resilient Sites, and stories about the amazing individuals behind the sites
- A tour and workshop to showcase the sites
Out 2018 Pilot Test Sites:
- Hoover Elementary School (Oakland)
- Rising Spring Farm (El Sobrante)
- PLACE for Sustainable Living (Oakland)
- Canticle Farm (Oakland)
- Ashby Garden (Berkeley)
- Sogorea Te' Land Trust (Oakland)
- Emilio Zapata Street Academy (Oakland)