The Kresge Foundation Funds Anchor Institution Resilience Strategy
ECC has received a $500,000, two-year planning and development grant from the Kresge Foundation to collaborate with anchor institutions and other partners on a Community and Energy Resilience Initiative (CERI) in three low-income coastal communities at risk of climate change: East Oakland/Richmond, Calif., the Bronx, N.Y., and Miami, Fla. (The initiative is also known as Anchors for Resilient Communities, or ARC.)
The anchor institutions – major local nonprofit, public and private institutions including hospitals and community colleges – will act as catalysts in strengthening the physical, social and economic resilience of their surrounding urban communities.
“Anchor Institutions are the centerpieces and catalysts for building stronger local economies and climate-resilient infrastructure,” said ECC President and CEO Denise Fairchild. “CERI will engage the health mission and economic power of hospitals and other anchor partners to plan, promote and implement community-wide resilience initiatives.”