Corvallis, Ore., has recently been awarded a three-year "Climate Showcase Community"
grant from the Environmental Protection Agency for an initiative it has labeled "Energize Corvallis."
According to the EPA's website, "The overall goal of the Climate Showcase Communities grant program is to create replicable models of sustainable community action that generate cost-effective and persistent greenhouse gas reductions while improving the environmental, economic, public health, or social conditions in a community." Communities which create plans that meet these criteria are candidates for funding.
"Energize Corvallis" promises to be a transformational program in which the city will increase its energy independence as well as community involvement in climate change migration action. To get as many locals involved in the process of energy transition, four pilot programs are going to be set up throughout the city with different emphases to diversify the segments of the populations involved in the process.
The city of Corvallis expects, through these four projects, that "community residents will benefit directly through cost savings from reduced energy use, and the projects will also increase communication among neighbors, improve the city's resilience to energy price shocks, and increase overall civic engagement in Corvallis." Currently 47 communities have been selected by the EPA to receive various degrees of funding. Time will tell if Corvallis lives up to its lofty goals and will be able to make a true transition to energy independence.