Establishing Community Resilience Hubs- What Are They and How to Get Started

Establishing Community Resilience Hubs- What Are They and How to Get Started

Organizer: 
Kristin Baja
USDN
Time Slot: 
Concurrent Sessions 1
Session Type: 
Symposium
Abstract: 

Resilience Hubs are community-serving facilities enhanced to support residents, enhance community connectivity, and coordinate resource distribution and services before, during, or after a natural hazard event. Resilience Hubs can come in a variety of shapes, sizes and locations however their overall purpose remains the same, to act as focal points for neighborhood revitalization that provide the resources residents need to enhance their own individual capacity while also supporting and strengthening their neighborhood and neighbors.

The Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN) has been working with local governments around the country to develop Resilience Hubs. In this session, USDN staff will help participants better understand what a Resilience Hub is, how it provides climate mitigation, adaptation and equity benefits, and what elements are needed for a Resilience Hub to be established. Additionally, partners from American Microgrid Solutions and the Clean Energy Group will provide more in-depth information about the solar and storage components of a Resilience Hub and share their work on incorporating resilient energy systems into Resilience Hubs.

Participants will leave with: 1) a better understanding of how to develop a Resilience Hub in their community, 2) a list of common challenges faced by USDN cities working to develop Resilience Hubs, 3) a solar and storage technical feasibility assessment, and 4) step-by-step guidance for how to get started.

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Presentations

Establishing Community Resilience Hubs- What Are They and How to Get Started
Kristin Baja, Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN)
Establishing Community Resilience Hubs- What Are They and How to Get Started
Geoff Oxnam , American Microgrid Solutions
Establishing Community Resilience Hubs- What Are They and How to Get Started
Seth Mullendore, Clean Energy Group