POWER House Becomes Resiliency Center

January 3, 2018

Community Center Transformation Provides Local Jobs in Renewable Energy Sector

December 8, 2017, Baltimore – This week, the installation of solar panels on POWER House marks an important milestone in Baltimore City Office of Sustainability’s plan to make Baltimore the first U.S. city to have community-based resiliency hubs. Living Classrooms partnered with the agency to outfit our community centers to offer resources and support to residents in some the City’s most vulnerable neighborhoods in the event of major emergencies or natural disasters.

The installation is being led by Power52 and members of the first graduating class from our Workforce Development program in partnership with the Power52 Foundation–training local adults for careers in the renewable energy sector.

The addition of small solar panels with battery storage will allow our centers to provide a few days of support to neighbors to charge cell phones, store medicines and provide residents resources such as fresh water, food, radios, snow shovels etc.

Also involved in the plan is Community Emergency Response Training led by the Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management, which is already underway at each of our sites, and will educate and equip our staff and select community members with tools to respond and work with the community in the event of an emergency.

Solar panels were previously installed at Patterson Park House and will soon be added to the UA House at Fayette, which will increase our capacity to provide these vital resources to residents living within the Baltimore Target Investment Zone, including the public housing communities of Perkins Homes and Pleasant View Gardens and neighborhoods surrounding Patterson Park and Johns Hopkins Hospital, Oldtown/Middle East, Fayette Street Corridor, and McElderry Park.

Article written by Living Classrooms Staff