Powering and Empowering Communities with Resilient Solar: Institute for Sustainable Communities Webinar

April 5, 2018 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Stories of communities building resilience with solar and energy storage.

Cities across the U.S. are exploring how the technologies of resilient solar can advance their goals to strengthen communities, aid emergency preparedness plans, and protect and support vulnerable populations during disasters.

This webinar, presented by the Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC), will tell the stories of trailblazing resilient solar projects in New York, San Francisco, and Baltimore featured in ISC’s recently released publication, Resilient Solar: Powering and Empowering Communities. It will also highlight how cities play an important role in advancing individual projects and developing resilience strategies.


  • Kathryn Wright, senior associate at Meister Consultants Group, will discuss New York’s citywide energy storage strategy, which aims to create a more resilient energy system for residents during times of emergency.
  • Hear from Jessica Tse, the distributed energy resources specialist for the San Francisco Department of the Environment, about how San Francisco found opportunities for resilient solar to support emergency preparedness and created tools and opportunities for other cities to do the same.
  • Learn from Krystle Starvis, the workforce development program manager at Living Classrooms Foundation, how this community-based organization is collaborating with city government to use resilient solar to provide emergency support and jobs for the low-income communities they serve in Baltimore.