Tribal teens to get the lowdown on renewable energy
By Andy Giegerich
Sustainable Business Oregon editor
The group behind the Inter-Tribal Energy & Tech Tour includes Redbridge CEO Shannon Hulbert, Tyrah Sawyer from the Yurok Tribe/Karuk Tribe/San Carlos Apache/Salt River Pima, Brianna Horton of the Tolowa/Elk Valley/Hoopa Tribe and Theresa Addington from the Hoopa Tribe.
Some 60 Native American teens will get an up-close look at the way energy systems work toward the end of July.
The first Intertribal Energy and Technology Tour will host young members from 21 regional tribes. The July 28-Aug. 2 events are touted as the “first summer camp committed to educating tomorrow’s tribal leadership on energy, technology and partnership potential.”
The seven-day tour will include stops at renewable energy facilities and other spots in Oregon, Northern California and Washington. Portland-based Redbridge, a Native American-owned marketing company, is putting on the events.
The teens who embark on the tour will ostensibly educate their communities about energy opportunities, according to a Redbridge release. The stops include the Smith River Rancheria’s geothermal exchange project, in Smith River, Calif., as well as the Warm Springs Water and Power Enterprises in Central Oregon.
“For generations, tribes have practiced sustainability and environmental preservation, said Shannon Hulbert, Redbridge’s president, in a release. “Today, with more than 5 percent of the nation’s natural resources located on tribal lands, tribes have the opportunity to share sustainable practice and lead the nation toward energy independence on and off reservation lands.”
The Department of Indian Energy estimates 14 billion MWh utility-scale rural solar resources exist on tribal lands.
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