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Partnering with the Pinoleville Pomo Nation: Co-Design Methodology Case Study for Creating Sustainable, Culturally Inspired Renewable Energy Systems and Infrastructure

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  • Ryan Shelby

    () (Community Assessment of Renewable Energy and Sustainability (CARES) Lab, University of California, Berkeley, 450 Sutardja Dai Hall, Mail Box #17, Berkeley, CA 94720-1758, USA)

  • Yael Perez

    () (Community Assessment of Renewable Energy and Sustainability (CARES) Lab, University of California, Berkeley, 450 Sutardja Dai Hall, Mail Box #17, Berkeley, CA 94720-1758, USA)

  • Alice Agogino

    () (Community Assessment of Renewable Energy and Sustainability (CARES) Lab, University of California, Berkeley, 450 Sutardja Dai Hall, Mail Box #17, Berkeley, CA 94720-1758, USA)

Abstract

This paper describes the co-design methodology created by the authors to partner with communities that have historical trauma associated with working with outsiders on projects that involved substantial use of engineering and science—renewable energy technologies, for example—that have not integrated their value system or has been historically denied to them. As a case study, we present the lessons learned from a partnership with the Pinoleville Pomo Nation (PPN) of Ukiah, CA and UC Berkeley’s Community Assessment of Renewable Energy and Sustainability (CARES) team to develop sustainable housing that utilizes sustainability best practices and renewable energy technology as well as reflect the long-standing culture and traditions of the PPN. We also present the Pomo-inspired housing design created by this partnership and illustrate how Native American nations can partner with universities and other academic organizations to utilize engineering expertise to co-design solutions that address the needs of the tribes.

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  • Ryan Shelby & Yael Perez & Alice Agogino, 2012. "Partnering with the Pinoleville Pomo Nation: Co-Design Methodology Case Study for Creating Sustainable, Culturally Inspired Renewable Energy Systems and Infrastructure," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 4(5), pages 1-25, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:gam:jsusta:v:4:y:2012:i:5:p:794-818:d:17393
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    Keywords

    Native American; indigenous people; sustainability; renewable energy; co-design;

    JEL classification:

    • Q - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics
    • Q0 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - General
    • Q2 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation
    • Q3 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Nonrenewable Resources and Conservation
    • Q5 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics
    • Q56 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Environment and Development; Environment and Trade; Sustainability; Environmental Accounts and Accounting; Environmental Equity; Population Growth
    • O13 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Agriculture; Natural Resources; Environment; Other Primary Products

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