Participatory Climate Action: The EPIC Chollas Eco-Village
A cross-sector community planning project in collaboration with the UCSD Center for Energy Research to design a near zero-net energy community in the disadvantaged neighborhoods of Encanto, funded by a $1.5M planning grant in 2016 from the California Energy Commission (GFO-15-312). Partners include the environmental non-profit Groundwork San Diego, the San Diego Unified School District, San Diego Gas & Electric, and the City of San Diego. The 2-year planning phase merged the technological, financial, policy and social- educational imperatives of doing climate action in underserved urban neighborhoods. The planning phase included an environmental education focus, including the design and application of an innovative climate attitude and behavior survey, coordinated by the Center on Global Justice. Our proposal to the CEC for Phase II build-out is presently underway.