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Sustainability 2012, 4(5), 794-818; doi:10.3390/su4050794

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

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
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Received: 28 March 2012 / Revised: 11 April 2012 / Accepted: 12 April 2012 / Published: 25 April 2012
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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.
Keywords: Native American; indigenous people; sustainability; renewable energy; co-design Native American; indigenous people; sustainability; renewable energy; co-design
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 3.0).

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Shelby, R.; Perez, Y.; Agogino, A. Partnering with the Pinoleville Pomo Nation: Co-Design Methodology Case Study for Creating Sustainable, Culturally Inspired Renewable Energy Systems and Infrastructure. Sustainability 2012, 4, 794-818.

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