Resilient Hubs

A Resilient Hub is a site that aims to be “ready for anything” - better prepared for natural disasters, climate change and other stresses in our community. During non-disaster times, these Hubs serve as a gathering and learning space for the community, providing inspiration and knowledge to empower us all to adopt more sustainable ways of living.

Ideal sites for Resilient Hubs include the following:

  • Community gardens and farms
  • Apartment buildings & homes
  • Neighborhood centers
  • Libraries
  • Intentional communities
  • Conscious businesses
  • Schools
  • Places of worship

There are three critical components of a Resilient Hub, which are listed below along with possible activities associated with each.

Building community

  • Hosting regular opportunities for neighbors to get together, from block parties to play dates
  • Promoting neighborhood sharing, from tools to cars
  • Working on projects together to support neighborhood placemaking, including intersection repair and garden work parties
  • Skill shares - rainwater, greywater, much more
  • Anti racism workshops
  • Conflict resolution workshops
  • Disaster preparedness workshops and action days

Regenerative ecological features

  • Save Water:  greywater, rainwater catchment, drip irrigation
  • Grow Food: edible landscaping, from planter boxes to food forests
  • Go toxin-free: no or low-VOC paints, green cleaning products
  • Save Energy: double-pane windows, solar panels, bike riding, electric cars
  • Seed saving/sharing
  • Compost toilets

Disaster preparedness and response

  • A robust cache of water, food, and supplies on hand for earthquakes and other disasters
  • An emergency plan for when a disaster does hit
  • Carbon monoxide detectors, fire extinguishers, first aid kits and other products ready for use
  • Solar power with storage
  • Community emergency response teams
  • To-go emergency bags
  • Post-emergency healing space
  • Resiliency-based rebuilding