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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.”

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ECC Launches 'Anchors for Resilient Communities' in California's East Bay

Anchors for Resilient Communities (ARC), is a new partnership between ECC, Health Care without Harm and The Democracy Collaborative that seeks to leverage the assets and capacities of Northern California’s anchor institutions to develop healthy, resilient and economically prosperous communities, focusing on under-served neighborhoods in Richmond and Oakland, Calif. 

The initiative was launched in Oakland at The California Endowment’s (TCE) conference center on March 9 with the first in a series of planned quarterly “public learning sessions” providing opportunities for in-depth discussion and exploration of key concepts that will guide the work.

“ARC will take advantage of a unique and vibrant confluence of opportunities that have been building in the Oakland and Richmond communities,” observed EC Oakland Director Tara Marchant. “ARC will tackle key challenges of poverty and environmental health, including provisions in the Affordable Care Act that reorient the health sector towards a preventive, community-based model.”

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The Good Jobs, Green Jobs conference will be held on April 13th in Washington, DC. The theme is "Energize America."

Many events commemorating the
45th anniversary of Earth Day are coming up, including Earth Day on the National Mall on April 18th, 2015, featuring band No Doubt and artist Usher, among others. 

The Harvard Kennedy School of Government is holding its annual 
Black Policy Conference from April 10th - 12th, 2015 in Cambridge, MA. This year's theme is "Old to the Struggle, New to the Movement: Strategic Action for Fighting Racial Injustice."

ACEEE hosts its
National Symposium on Market Transformation from April 20th - 22nd, 2015 in Washington, DC, as well as its Energy Efficiency Finance Forum from May 31st - June 2nd, 2015 in San Francisco, CA. 
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