Peer Learning

Partnership for Resilient Communities: Peer Learning Workshop II

Detroit, MI | September 14-15, 2017

Peer Learning Recap

The Partnership for Resilient Communities peer learning workshop was the second in a series of peer learning events. This workshop brought together our partners—Eastside Community Network of Detroit, Larimer Consensus Group of Pittsburgh, Living Classrooms Foundation of Baltimore, and Westside Housing Organization of Kansas City—to foster a constructive working relationship and facilitate opportunities for each organization to learn from their own experiences and expertise. This event connected the organizations not only with each other, but with local and national experts from the ISC network to collaborate on innovative solutions to challenges big and small, cross-cutting and place-based.

I tell everyone who'll listen how excited I am to be a partner in a project with [PRC] and ISC. And now I feel as though the partnership has expanded to include like-minded groups across the country working at the intersection of equity and climate resilience. Thank you for the support, the learning, and the inspiration.

–Liz Epstein
Director of Operations and Strategic Initiatives, Westside Housing Organization, Inc.

Presenters, Advisors, and Staff:

Yusef Ali, Larimer Consensus Group
Steve Bountress, Living Classrooms Foundation
Cherie Brooks, Power52 Foundation
Jill Capotosto, Institute for Sustainable Communities
Suzanne Cleage, Eastside Community Network
Anne Draddy, City of Baltimore
Nicole Enright, Institute for Sustainable Communities
Christopher Forinash, Institute for Sustainable Communities
Beth Gibbons, American Society of Adaptation Professionals
Donna Givens, Eastside Community Network
Thomas Guentner, Landforce
Stanley Holbrook, Larimer Consensus Group
Joel Howrani Heeres, City of Detroit
John Huffington, Living Classrooms Foundation
Tessa Kaneene, Institute for Sustainable Communities
Anna Kohn, RecoveryPark
Ilyssa Manspeizer, Landforce
Henry McKay, Institute for Sustainable Communities
Dave Norwood, City of Dearborn
Gloria Ortiz-Fisher, Westside Housing Organization
Sarida Scott, Community Development Advocates of Detroit
Rob Wallace, Power52 Energy Solutions


An international nonprofit organization, the Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC) has 26 years of practical experience working with local leaders to accelerate climate change and sustainability solutions. ISC’s programs are designed to facilitate peer learning and engagement among local leaders charged with the work of making their communities more sustainable. ISC has led more than 110 projects in 30 countries, and currently works in Asia and the United States. Learn more at:


This workshop brought together the four community-based organizations from the Partnership for Resilient Communities.



The Resource Guide for the second Partnership for Resilient Communities Peer Learning Workshop.

The agenda for the Partnership for Resilient Communities peer learning workshop in Detroit.

Eastside Community Network's 5x5 presentation.

Larimer Consensus Group's 5x5 presentation.

Living Classroom Foundation's 5x5 presentation.