Peer Learning

Partnership for Resilient Communities: Peer Learning Workshop III

Chicago, IL | November 5-7, 2018


The Partnership for Resilient Communities (PRC) peer learning workshop was the third in a series of peer learning events (Sept. 2017 & Feb. 2017). The PRC, a flagship program of the Institute for Sustainable Communities, partners with community-based organizations to offer technical support, strategic resources, and funding to shape and lead resilience projects born from the voices and priorities of communities of color. The ultimate goal of the PRC is to promote and build capacity for inclusive, community-led approaches to urban resilience – advancing racial equity, and bolstering networks of high capacity organizations and leaders of color within the climate field.

This workshop brought together our PRC partners to create a space where teams could build off of their prior experiences and take their resilience work to the next level. Workshop highlights included these two keynotes which focused on putting equity and racial justice at the center of resilience and sustainability work. Watch these videos to hear how people and communities of color can and are carving out leadership space in the predominantly white climate arena.

Presenters, Advisors, and Staff:

Taren Evans, Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East
Nile Malloy, Neighborhood Funders Group
Bina M. Patel, Saathi Impact Consulting LLC
Jennifer Patrick, The JPB Foundation
Kimberly Rudd, Rudd Resources LLC
Nathaniel Smith, Partnership for Southern Equity
Rev. Booker Vance, Elevate Energy
Chrysta Wilson, Wilson and Associates Coaching and Consulting
Nicole Enright, Institute for Sustainable Communities
Emily Hlavka, Institute for Sustainable Communities
Jaime Love, Institute for Sustainable Communities
Steve Nicholas, Institute for Sustainable Communities
Audrey Seaman, Institute for Sustainable Communities
Sarita Turner, Institute for Sustainable Communities


Since 1991, the Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC) has worked in the United States and around the world to help communities, cities, industry, and NGOs accomplish their environmental, economic, and social goals. ISC uses training, technical assistance, peer-to-peer learning, and demonstration projects to help unleash the power of local people and institutions to address immediate challenges and opportunities – all while building those on-the-ground solutions into national and international best practices and policy. At the heart of the organization’s approach is results-focused, authentic and pragmatic engagement with all stakeholders, which unearths locally-driven and equitable solutions to the biggest challenge we face – global climate change. Learn more at


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



This event guide that supported the Partnership for Resilient Communities' third peer learning workshop, held in Chicago, Illinois from November 5-7, 2018.

This planning clinic workbook was developed specifically for each of the Partnership for Resilient Communities teams to develop ideas and next steps for the creation of a three-year plan.

These slides supported the planning clinic curriculum for each of the Partnership for Resilient Communities teams to develop ideas and next steps for the creation of a three-year plan.

Nathaniel Smith, the Chief Equity Officer of Partnership for Southern Equity speaks on the climate change economy as a wealth and power building opportunity. 

Bina M. Patel shares inspiration and ways forward for how people and communities of color can carve out leadership space in the predominantly white climate arena.