The Energy Systems and Resiliency workshop is designed for communities to better understand how they are being impacted by the current energy infrastructure. Workshop participants will interact with hands-on supplies to model an energy system. They will examine how communities are being impacted by electrical transmission, power plants, and fuel extraction and distribution.
A guided discussion will highlight points in the system for communities to meet their energy needs in a sustainable way and build resilience and alternatives to a fossil fuel economy.
To set up a workshop in your community, please contact Say Yang. Download the CEED Toolkit for materials to lead your own workshop. Find more popular education workshops and contact CEED to work in your communities here.
Climate change brings with it a wide range of long-term everyday stressors as well as more frequent and more intense extreme weather events. Environmental Justice communities are often those first hit and hardest impacted by weather emergencies. Knowing what to expect and preparation for your household can reduce the impacts of extreme weather and make your household more resilient to climate change.
Take steps toward climate resiliency by knowing what to expect and preparing for your household:
CEED has collaborated with the Zenteotl Project to hold larger community events to share skills and resources and build community resilience. A video from our 2015 Responding Together: Community Emergency Preparedness event is below:
Community Emergency Response Event (2015) supported in part by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.
Environmental Justice communities pay a greater proportion of their income on home energy bills while bearing the brunt of harm from energy systems. Many energy programs are not relevant for or do not reach low-income communities or households that do not own their homes or do not live in single-family houses.
CEED’s home energy justice workshops use interactive activities for community members to learn how to read their electricity and heating bills, determine how energy is used in their homes, and practice using tools to reduce energy use. Participants can take home high efficiency LED lightbulbs and surge protectors to reduce electricity costs, and weatherization materials to block cold drafts and keep your home warm while lowering your bills.
To set up a workshop in your community, please contact Say Yang.
Keep energy bills affordable and your heat from being disconnected during the winter months
The Cold Weather Rule is a Minnesota law that prevent heat disconnections during the winter months with payment arrangements.
The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Programs is an energy assistance program that helps income-qualified households with their heating and cooling energy costs, bill payment assistance, energy crisis assistance, weatherization and energy-related home repairs.
The Gas Affordability Program is state mandated program that is available to recipients of LIHEAP benefits. It provides assistance with gas utility bills based on percentage of household income spent on heating and help resolve late or incomplete bills.
Find more resources available to residents in the Twin Cities to make your home energy more affordable:
CEED encourages the free use of our popular education materials for community learning and movement building for environmental justice communities. Please enjoy and share the tools published here. We ask you to acknowledge CEED for the creation of these materials in any reproduction of our images, documents, or activities. For use outside of EJ communities please contact CEED. Commercial use is not permitted. Please contact CEED with any questions or comments about the use of these materials.
The carbon emissions activity is a way to visualize our energy use and the comparative impact of energy systems around the world. Participants guess how many tons of carbon per person is emitted on average in different countries around the world. Discussion centers on the long-term and global impact of our energy use as well as the impact of historical emissions relative between countries.
After mapping out the ways we use energy throughout the day, participants can contextualize how deeply our daily actions are tied to our energy system. A complete transformation is needed to move to a just energy economy.
Energy Democracy is a shift from the corporate, centralized fossil fuel economy to one that is governed by communities; designed on the principle of no harm to the environment; that will support local economies; and contributes to health and well-being all peoples.
Energy Democracy will require transformation of the politics and economics that created the fossil fuel energy system we have today, and is a long-term project. Yet, because of the urgency of climate change and other environmental threats, as well as the harms being imposed on peoples in the U.S. and globally as a result of the fossil fuel energy regime, there is a critical need to act now.
Energy Democracy promotes an agenda that incorporates both immediate and longer-term strategies that will guide us toward achieving the vision of a true Energy Democracy. These strategies must be designed around several fundamental principles of democracy:
Energy as a Commons
Diversity and Scale
Acknowledge, Act and Repair Historical Harms
Rights of Nature
Today, we are facing the one of the gravest environmental problems in history. The effects of 200 years of the fossil-fuel economy threatens our Earth’s climate and ecosystem, and as a result, will also inflict even more harms on communities around the world. Many of these communities are, and have been for some time, suffering significant costs associated with the extractive energy economy.
Historically, these frontline communities were the first to experience the effects of the exploitation of land, labor and nature that were part of the first phase of fossil-fuel development. Energy Democracy requires the elimination of unsustainable dirty energy toward a new energy economy.
CEED has conducted Energy Democracy trainings and has helped to develop Energy Democracy platforms for national coalitions.