RESCHEDULED: Kicking Off Community Engagement in Energy Democracy!

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Centilia Cultural Center

1660 South Roberto Maestas Festival Street

Seattle, WA 98144

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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.


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.

Jack Newman is a certified Renewable Energy Professional with the Association of Energy Engineers and serves on the board of directors at Solar Washington, a non-profit organization overseeing Washington’s rapidly growing solar industry. With a background in utility renewable energy program management and interconnection policy, solar project development, and net-zero energy certification program management at the International Living Future Institute, Jack’s work as a Green Building Consultant with Säzän Environmental Services seeks to engage the latest renewable energy, energy efficiency, battery storage and microgrid solutions to complement a wide range of sustainable design consulting services for public and private clients and partners.

Derek Hoshiko is a community-supported organizer with For the People. He is launching a bold project—Rapid and Just Climate Action—organizing with communities in Washington State to stop global warming within 10-years by building broader more inclusive movements through anti-racist, anti-patriarchal, and intersectional organizing; and by supercharging organizing with innovative capacity building tools. For him, the climate crisis became personal—and urgent—during a life-changing 1,000-mile bicycle pilgrimage along the Trans Mountain pipeline to the tar sands in Northern Alberta, Canada. Derek serves on the boards of E3 Washington and Salish Sea Cooperative Finance, and has worked for change at many organizations such as Greenpeace USA; Climate Solutions; Cascadia Climate Collaborative; YES! Magazine; Seattle Good Business Network; and Web Collective.


Date/Time: 1-4:30PM

Location/Address: Centilia Cultural Center, 1660 S Roberto Maestas Festival St, Seattle WA 98144


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 exit 164 for I90 toward Bellevue.

· Continue onto I90, then take exit 3 for Rainier Ave S.

· Turn right onto Rainier Ave S, then right onto S Massachusetts St, left onto 17th Ave S, and then right again before the Beacon Hill light rail station. The Centilia Cultural Center is on the right side of Roberto Maestas Plaza.

Driving from the south (going north) via I5:

· Take I5 exit 163 for Columbian Way.

· Continue onto S Columbia Way, then use the left lane to turn left onto S Spokane St.

· Turn left onto 15th Ave S, then right onto S Forest St, left onto 17th Ave S, and then left again after the Beacon Hill light rail station. The Centilia Cultural Center is on the right side of Roberto Maestas Plaza.

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