CARES: Community Assessment of Renewable Energy and Sustainability

The Community Assessment of Renewable Energy and Sustainability (CARES) is a multidisciplinary team of engineers, architects and environmental specialists at the University of California, Berkeley. CARES was founded in 2007 with a grant from the VentureWell and CITRIS to address the disconnect between the creation of sustainability technological innovations by engineers and the needs of the end users.

The founding members of CARES include Dr. Alice Agogino, Ryan Shelby, and Yael Perez.

The mission of CARES is to enable end users to make informed decisions about sustainability and renewable energy technologies by giving them agency during the design, development, and implementation of sustainability best practices and renewable energy technologies.

Since March 2008, the Community Assessment of Renewable Energy and Sustainability (CARES) has been partnering with the Pinoleville Pomo Nation (PPN) near Ukiah, CA to co-design culturally-inspired, sustainable housing and renewable energy power systems that utilize sustainability best practices, renewable energy technology, and reflect the long-standing culture of the Pinoleville Pomo Nation.

In order to build up the online community and sustainability database, CARES has begun bootstrapping our development through a series of grants and project:

  1. Pinoleville Pomo Nation (PPN)
  2. Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA)
  3. Green Residence Halls at UC Berkeley, and
  4. Human Power Generation in Fitness Facilities

These projects are being used to build a knowledge base of sustainable best practices, renewable energy technology, economic return on investment data, and implementation results.

Presentation and Reports

Conference Proceedings

C-1. “Sustainable Product Design: Designing for Diversity in Engineering Education“, (L. Oehlberg, R. Shelby, & A. Agogino), International Journal of Engineering Education Special Issue: Sustaining Sustainable Design, Vol 26-2, 2010 Download Paper.

C-2. “The Co-Design of Water and Energy Efficient Sustainable Housing with the Pinoleville Pomo Nation”, (T. Schultz, R. Shelby, & A. Agogino),  American Society of Mechanical Engineers Energy Sustainability Conference Proceedings”   Download Paper.

Published Invited Talks

PT-1. “Co‐Productions of Environmental Science, Technology, and Indigenous Governance: The Pinoleville Pomo Nation – UC Berkeley Partnership to Co‐Design Culturally Informed, Sustainable Housing”, Native American and Indigenous Studies Association Conference, Panel 53, 2009, (May 21-23 2009, Minneapolis, MN), Download Presentation.   Download Paper

PT-2. “Reviving the Oldest Approach to Sustainable Design: How Cultural Values and a Sense of Place Lead to Green Building Design”, 2009 U.S. Green Building Council International Greenbuild Conference and Expo, Session OR02, November 12, 2009, Phoenix, AZ. Download Presentation.

PT-3. “Pinoleville Pomo Nation Renewable Energy Feasibility Study Status”, 2009 DOE Tribal Energy Program Review, November 16-20, 2009, Denver, CO. Download Presentation.

PT-4. T.C. Schultz, Shelby, R., and Agogino, A.M. The Co-Design of Water and Energy Efficient Sustainable Housing with the Pinoleville-Pomo Nation. Download Presentation.

PT-5. “Enabling the Adoption of ICT for Sustainable Business Transformations“, Hewlett Packard, Open Innovation Office, October 2008

Unpublished Invited Talks

UT-1. “A Human Centered Approach to Co-design Culturally-sensitive and Sustainable Housing with the Pinoleville Pomo Nation”, American Indian Science & Engineering Society National Conference, Graduate Oral Presentation Session, 10/2008. Download Presentation.

UT-2. “A Strategy for Sustainable Design”, Engineering Frontiers in Developing Countries DeCal, 09/2009. Download Presentation. Download Syllabus.

UT-3. “Tribal Sovereignty in the Pinoleville Pomo Nation: Sustainable Housing and Renewable Energy Technologies”, I181 Technology and Poverty, University of California, Berkeley, 02/2010. Download Presentation. Download Syllabus.

Technical Reports

TR-1. “Potential Low Energy Strategies for New Housing for the Pinoleville Pomo Nation Community in Lakeport, CA”, Community Assessment of Renewable Energy and Sustainability, 06/2008. Download Report.

TR-2: “Pinoleville Pomo Nation Prototype Home Final Design Report”, Community Assessment of Renewable Energy and Sustainability, 07/2009. Download Report.

TR-3: “Partnership for Sustainable Communities: Accomplishments Report 2009-2013”, US EPA, US HUD, US DOT, Download Article.

Caption for Feature Image: 2010-2011 CARES Student Team: (l to r): Ryan Shelby, Alex Kwon, Yael Perez, Tommy Liu, Cindy Bayley, Antonio Love, Stephanie Scott, Larissa Korach, Danny Wilson, and Stephen Appert.