Opportunity: Sovereignty is of paramount importance to Native American tribes, reflecting the ability to determine their future for themselves. Energy independence is a promising pathway to strengthen tribal sovereignty, tapping the variety of efficiency and renewable energy options that are now very affordable.
Process: For a client tribe, inNative staff led the creation of a strategic energy plan, scoping out the vision, objectives, and projects in concert with the tribal council. Core to plan development was conducting an assessment of energy use, quantifying annual consumption of electricity, propane and gasoline. Another major piece of the effort was scoping out size, cost, production and payback time for solar and wind investments.
Results: Still emerging from this ongoing project. Stay tuned!
Opportunity: GHG reduction potential lies in many places. Use Reusables was searching for a way to reduce massive amounts of waste in the shipping and transport packaging that most people never see.
Process: inNative provided technical support around business use of reusable packaging in transport and shipping. Tasks included cost-benefit tool development, grant program development support, greenhouse gas savings quantification, marketing to potential implementers, and implementation guidance through reusables pilot projects.
Results: Collectively, the Use Reusables team successfully engaged over one hundred companies, saved over 2,000 metric tons of GHG emissions, and conducted eight workshops and webinars over three years. inNative was recognized as a key partner in realizing this success.
Opportunity: Communities in East Oakland in partnership with the City of Oakland identified an opportunity to address long-standing disparities and advance climate justice through planning for affordable housing, transit improvements, greenspace enhancement and related efforts.
Process: inNative staff held one of the two plan writer roles, acting as the point of synthesis, weaving together the strands of community engagement and analysis, drafting sections of the plan and managing review. We also kept an eye on the requirements levied by potential sources of implementation funding, and analyzed and displayed planning demographics.
Results: Successfully plan completion led to a proposal that secured $28.2 million in 2020 for the community plan implementation.