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.”

Key to CERI are:

  • Food and energy resilience, which are drivers for mitigating and adapting to climate change;
  • Economic resilience designed to harnesses the procurement, investment and economic power of ECC’s institutional partners to build more resilient local business and community capacities; and
  • Equity/community engagement – each site has a robust, pre-existing community engagement component that ensures the inclusion of low-income communities of color in resilience planning and implementation.

The proposed scope of work includes:

  • Multi-stakeholder collaboratives dedicated to planning and developing resilient community and energy infrastructure;
  • Climate resilience education and training for institutional and community partners and health workers;
  • Resilience planning, including climate risk analyses, asset mapping, gap analyses and an infrastructure investment program for one of the target communities, East Oakland/Richmond;
  • Anchor institution investment plans and strategies to mitigate the causes and consequences of climate change; and
  • Dissemination of multiple frameworks, tools and approaches for engaging anchor institutions in community and energy resilience planning and implementation.


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