Place and People: Learning and Connecting
The Equitable Building Electrification Fund: A Collaboration for Frontline Communities Learning Community Collaboratory is a strategic support structure to facilitate collaborative thinking on equitably decarbonizing the built environment.
In early 2020, Logan Burke, Jackson Koeppel, Cecil Corbin-Mark, Michelle Martinez, Carmelita Miller, Jacqui Patterson, isaac sevier, and Jen Somers began to brainstorm about how to build a national community space that could support our mutual learning, protect collective ideas, strategies and the knowledge economy coming from the environmental and climate justice community, and grow community capacity to lead on the topic of building electrification.
Founding member of the Equitable Building Electrification Fund Governance Assembly, Cecil Corbin-Mark coined the name "Collaboratory" or Collaborative Laboratory for this national community space.
The ultimate goal of the Fund Learning Community Collaboratory is to create new models for addressing climate, health, and energy challenges in ways that center people and impacted communities.
The Equitable Building Electrification Fund is a collaborative venture among funders, grassroots organizations, and frontline community members.
The Fund and the Learning Community Collaboratory honor and uphold the Jemez Principles for Democratic Organizing, including the core Jemez principle of building just relationships among ourselves.
Comprised of philanthropic, community practitioner, and grantee partners, the Equitable Building Electrification Fund Learning Community Collaboratory fosters new relationships, shares wisdom, and lifts up resource priorities of frontline communities.
The Learning Community Collaboratory is a strategic support structure to facilitate collaborative thinking on equitably decarbonizing the built environment, keeping housing and energy costs low, and ensuring that limited wealth communities and communities of color are leading on decarbonization strategies.
The Learning Community Collaboratory is a place of mutual learning and a place of sharing both philanthropic and frontline perspectives and strategies. No single group is leading the teaching of others. We all learni together.