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Creating self-determination and climate resilience with cooperative infrastructure - starting on solar streetlights in Highland Park, MI.



Category of the action

Urban adaptation

What actions do you propose?

Who will take these actions?

This approach to infrastructure engages many stakeholders around the shared interests of a strong local economy and resilience to climate change - government, business, homeowners, renters, non-profits, and informal organizations. The Highland Park Community Economy Cooperative is engaging stakeholders to collaborate and maintains the structure for that collaboration through membership dues:

City of Highland Park - Capacity, permitting, outreach, policy development

Businesses - providing opportunities for training

Where will these actions be taken?

Initially in Highland Park, MI - but with high replicability potential for Detroit and post-industrial cities throughout the United States.

What are other key benefits?

What are the proposal’s costs?

Time line

5 years: HPCEC is running with high membership participation, managing off-grid streetlight system in HP, taking an active role in local and regional policy initiatives to support sustainable development

15 years: Soulardarity is contracting with other municipalities to develop Community Cooperatives around salient infrastructure needs, HPCEC is becoming a nationally leading model of climate resilience and local economics

50 years: 

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