In recent years, the concept of resiliency hubs has gained traction as a response to the challenges of climate change and human-caused disasters. These hubs, often located in houses of worship for their safe and comforting environments, are designed to provide the surrounding community with resources and support during times of crisis. In our most recent webinar, “Providing Sanctuary: Congregational Resiliency Hubs in California” we explore the unique ways houses of worship can respond to the climate crisis by transforming their facilities in resiliency hubs. Highlighted are four special guests: both Rabbi Marvin Goodman and Rev. John Current who’ve equipped their houses of worship with solar+storage, and then, Rev. Ambrose Carroll of Green The Church and Rev. Heather Lee of SFCARD who shared their experiences and knowledge working with a variety of congregations on resiliency. We also learn about neighborhood, city, and governmental partnerships, and some of the tips, and lessons learned from those who have pioneered the projects.
Here’s some of what we covered in the webinar:
What are Resiliency Hubs?
Resiliency Hubs are community-driven spaces that provide resources and support to local residents during times of crisis. They are designed to withstand extreme weather events and other disasters, providing a safe space for community members to gather, access resources, and receive support. These hubs often incorporate sustainable solutions, such as solar power and rainwater harvesting, to ensure they can operate independently of the grid during a crisis.
The Role of Houses of Worship as Resiliency Hubs
Houses of worship have long been pillars of their communities, providing spiritual guidance, social services, and a sense of community. As such, they are ideally suited to host resilience hubs. Their central location, existing infrastructure, and community trust make them an ideal choice for these critical resources.
In addition to their practical benefits, houses of worship also bring a spiritual dimension to resilience hubs. They provide a space for community members to come together, not only to access resources but also to find comfort and support in times of crisis.
As climate change continues to pose significant challenges, the role of resilience hubs in houses of worship will become increasingly important. By providing a space for communities to come together, access resources, and find support, these hubs can help communities become more resilient in the face of these challenges.
Here are some of the resources to help get you started:
- Webinar Recording
- Resiliency Hub Resource Packet
- Resiliency Hub web page
- Department of Energy Solar Funding
- California Strategic Growth Council Resiliency Centers
- Listos California (Disaster Preparedness)
If you have any specific questions, need assistance, or would like to discuss how we can collaborate with you on your green projects, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. We are here to provide guidance, connect you with resources, and offer any support you may require.