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Title: Leveraging the Stimulus:

Leveraging the Stimulus

Community Innovators Lab
  • Retrofitting Communities to Build Equity
  • May 11th, 2009

Maximizing the Impact
  • Leverage different funding sources build
  • Invest in deep retrofits to maximize gains to
    prevent lost opportunities
  • Infuse equity into allocation of funds and design
    of programs
  • Ensure that short-term gains are investments into
    long-term triple bottom lines

Only Top 20 With Significant Income Increases
from 1998-2006
Strategies for Mitigating Effects on Low-Income
  • Utilize Stimulus Funds
  • Increase Energy Efficiency
  • Manage demand through education Smart Grid
  • Create economic development opportunities for
    shared wealth generation through green jobs,
    green businesses, etc.
  • Ensure equitable access to educational and
    communications technologies such as broadband

Example of Demand management
Source www.gridpoint.com/curve/overview/
Some Green Funds in the Stimulus
  • Total in energy efficiency alone 12.35 billion
  • 3.1B State Energy Programs
  • 3.2B Energy Efficiency Conservation Block Grants
  • 5B Weatherization Assistance Programs (WAP)
  • Up to 1B Training TA from WAP
  • .5B Green Jobs
  • .3B ENERGY STAR Rebates
  • .25B HUD Section 8 Housing
  • 6B Innovative Technology Loan
  • 4.5B Smart Grid Investment Program
  • .1B Jobs Training for Smart Grid
  • 7.2B Broadband

  • Low Income Weatherization (WAP) 5 billion,
    expanded from 400 million (est.)
  • Includes up to 20 for Training and Technical
  • Increase per-house expenditure from 2,500 to
  • Increase eligibility from 150 to 200 of poverty
  • Energy Efficiency Conservation Block Grant
  • Opportunity for funds to be used for
    comprehensive planning
  • Includes both formula competitive grants
  • Up to 15 can be used for revolving loans
  • Up to 20 can be allocated to non-profits
  • Section 8 Energy Retrofit
  • 250 million directed to project based section 8
    housing for energy retrofits
  • HUD is responsible for implementation. No more
    details yet
  • Green Jobs Training
  • 500 million
  • Dept. of Labor, Office of Employment and Training
  • Includes research, job exchange and training

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DUSP Stimulus Project - Work Plan Coordination
Plan Model
General Proposal
Specific Proposal
Policy Argument
Assessment Questions Programs That Fit
Analysis Coordination
Comprehensive Roadmap
Best Practices at Scale
Technical Assistance Sources
Technical Assistance Resources
Community Role
Community Role
Civic Action Advocacy
Broad Mission Goals
  • Encourage comprehensive community-based planning
  • Why Communities are more likely to participate
    if they are involved in decision-making.
    Innovations require a high amount of community
    education and input
  • Build community capacity improve community
  • Why Improving the capacity of low-income
    communities to act on their own behalf will help
    to blunt the negative effects of economic
    downturns and will also support communities in
    seizing positive opportunities.
  • Leverage existing funding sources with each other
    and with private investment
  • Why Leveraging sources will increase multiplier
    effects, create synergies, and help to capitalize
    on the short-term stimulus to provide
    infrastructure for long-term projects and
  • Perform Deep Retrofit buildings in low-income
    communities of color
  • Why These communities tend to reside in areas
    with the worst building stock, deep retrofits
    deliver the greatest bang for the buck and
    helps to increase savings for communities
  • Reduce global warming pollution
  • Why Cutting carbon emissions and other types of
    pollution will improve health conditions for all
    people and reduce negative environmental impacts.

Specific Mission Goals
  • Increase Equitable Access to Resources
  • Conserve resources (ie. Materials, waste water,
    energy, etc)
  • Why Taking action on conservation is a built-in
    income generating program with multiple spin-off
  • Ensure convenient access to healthy foods
  • Why Low income people are experiencing spike in
    diabetes and other nutrition related diseases and
    access to healthy foods is critical
  • Green public facilities (schools, hospitals,
    public housing, waste stations)
  • Why They tend to be located in low-income areas
    and greening them could produce opportunities for
    improving facilities, creating local businesses
    (cooperatives, private, non-profits) and
    maintaining community level systems (energy,
    food, water)
  • Increase broadband access
  • Why The poor have least access to broadband and
    are most in need of 21st century education and
    economic development opportunities
  • Prioritize the needs of disabled and impoverished
    elderly and children
  • Why Poor communities have high concentrations of
    these vulnerable populations, which need
    additional help during the retrofitting process
    and other greening processes.

Specific Mission Goals
  • Create Train for Well-Paying Jobs Local
    Economic Development
  • Create jobs, training opportunities, and career
    ladders for communities with high unemployment
    and poverty
  • Why Self help system reduces spin-off costs from
    unemployment and poverty
  • Build sustainable economic development by
    supporting and investing in minority and
    women-owned businesses
  • Why Such businesses tend to encourage
    entrepreneurship in and capacity-building for
    under-resourced communities and can be next
    steps on green jobs career pathways.
  • Invest in Measures to Aid Communities in
    Addressing Prohibitive Costs of Adaptation
  • Retrofit homes in neighborhoods with high
    foreclosure problems
  • Why Such retrofits will help to reduce cost to
    homeowners and prevent further foreclosures
  • Prevent displacement of low-income residents by
    maintaining housing and cost-of-living
  • Why Saving energy and transportation costs is
    increasingly critical in ensuring low-income
    communities are not displaced from their

6 Components of Deep Retrofits
  • A coherent vision for maximizing the benefits of
    green retrofits must jointly address six critical
    and interrelated elements
  • 1. Infrastructure Retrofits require an informed
    and context-sensitive choice of technology and
    materials at the building level.
  • 2. Employment Equitable retrofits can contribute
    to the economy through credentialed training
    programs, broad labor-community-business
    consensus on job access and performance, and the
    design of inclusive labor standards.
  • 3. Business model Small business development
    requires new, sustainable business models that
    ensure high quality work.
  • 4. Financing Leveraging existing funding sources
    with each other and private investment will
    create programmatic synergy while increasing the
    multiplier effect of the stimulus plan
  • 5. Community planning Thus, an optimal retrofit
    plan will include high community involvement in
    project design advanced leadership training for
    key local actors and additional support through
    public policy and regulations.
  • 6. Coordination  These scaled urban retrofits
    are both extremely attractive social projects and
    enormously complex. Thus, their execution
    requires extensive coordination.

Community Assessment Programs That Fit
  • Excel tool that allows cities/coalitions/organizat
    ions to answer assessment questions and link
    those answers to stimulus programs that are a
    good fit
  • Evaluate current context of organization/groups
    of actors
  • Evaluate goals capacity of specific orgnization
  • Evaluate capacity and goals of potential partners
  • Identify the most pressing needs of the
  • What synergies that might exist between stimulus
  • How to coordinate multiple programs to achieve
    specific goals?
  • What are strategies for partnering with the
    public and private sector to maximize funds?
  • What capacity is needed by base-building
    organizations to leverage the stimulus?

Step 1 - Community Assessment
Step 2 - Community Assessment Answers
Step 3 Identifying Programs that Fit
Best Practices for 6 Components (In Progress)
  • 1. Infrastructure
  • Whole House Weatherization
  • Retrofitting Public Facilities
  • Energy Generation
  • Smart Grid Broadband
  • 2. Employment
  • Career Bridges Pathways
  • Coupling job training with ACTUAL jobs
  • Creating community/training/private sector
  • 3. Business model
  • Emphasis on minority women-owned enterprises
  • Procurement of contracts
  • Scaling up
  • Financing

Best Practices for 6 Components (In Progress)
  • 4. Financing
  • Tax breaks
  • On-bill financing
  • Selling energy to the Forward Capacity Market
  • 5. Community planning
  • Comprehensive neighborhood planning
  • Popular education decision-making
  • Building capacity for implementation
  • 6. Coordination
  • Models for coordination between key stakeholders
  • Leveraging partnerships to gain power to

Civic Action Advocacy
  • No guarantee that funds will be spent in a manner
    that promotes jobs, job training, and community
    organization in underserved communities
  • Civic action advocacy is the key to properly
    investing these funds. 
  • National organizations released toolkits to
    assist local actors organize for green jobs.
  • Link for Green For All Recovery Toolkit
  • Link for Sierra Club Cool Cities Activist
    Toolkit http//newjersey.sierraclub.org/ConCom/Co
  • Community Innovators Lab (CoLab), in conjunction
    with the Emerald Cities Initiative, is also
    seeking to catalyze civic action.

Leveraging the Stimulus

Community Innovators Lab
  • Retrofitting Communities to Build Equity
  • May 11th, 2009
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