Culturally Inspired, Sustainable Housing and Energy for the Pinoleville Pomo Nation

Welcome to the webpage of the CARES - Pinoleville Pomo Nation - UC Berkeley Collaboration

We are using this website as a place to share information, communicate and discuss the different projects between students at UC Berkeley and members of the Pinoleville Pomo Nation. This is a virtual place where members of the PPN and students can discuss issues of importance to the various projects underway.

New CARES Site Launched!!

This week, CARES has begun the roll out of a new site that will house all the energy and sustianability projects that CARES has been working over the past 3 years.

The new site is  We plan on completing the intergration of our websites within 3 weeks. 

CARES wins 2nd place in the Big Ideas @ Berkeley Competition!

Good News: CARES won 2nd place at the Big Ideas @ Berkeley project competition within the Social Justice, Community Engagement competition category.

Yael lead the project proposal entitled "Students-Community Collaborative Design Challenge" focused on the use of Design Challenges for providing solutions to underserved communities.

We are looking forward to using these funds to aid us in the co-design of more culturally inspired buildings with our Native American partners! 

CARES Renewable Energy Workshop with the PPN

On Saturday, December 4th, members from CARES and engineering students from Berkeley's ENG39F CARES seminar class held a Renewable Energy Workshop with members of the Pinoleville Pomo Nation on solar and wind energy systems.

The wind and solar energy session focus on elementary, middle and high school students while the adults attended a planning session where objective were laid out for metering the microhydro and wind energy potential of the PPN lands.

I really enjoyed seeing all the faces of the youth light during these sessions.  Everyone seemed really engaged and seemed eager to pursue careers in the renewable energy fields. 

Plus, the PPN gave Alice and I some tokens of their appreciation of dedication to this partnership for almost 3 years.   

Go here for the pictures from that day.


Gov. Gray Davis Meeting about Pinoleville Pomo Nation/CARES Partnership

Today, I had a great opportunity to speak with Gov. Gray Davis about my work with the Pinoleville Pomo Nation during the unveiling of his plaque in the CITRIS Headquarters.

During his time as Governor, Gov. Davis championed energy efficiency and research in renewable energy technology. 

He seemed to be really glad that there are researchers at Berkeley working in CITRIS to carry on some of his initiatives in the realm of energy.

Go here to see the full set of images from that day. 

Gov. Davis and I talking about the PPN model

Gov. Davis and I talking about the PPN model

Pinoleville Pomo Nation Anemometer Installation on September 17th, 2010

On Friday, September 17th 2010, I was able to work with members of the Pinoleville Pomo Nation to install a 20 m (60 ft) anemometer to measure the wind speed for power generation.

This work was fund by the Department of Energy and the Tribal Energy Program as apart of a renewable energy feasibility study grant the PPN received.

I had a great time working with everyone and I look forward to getting other CARES student to help out in the microhydro and pyranometer meters as well.

Please go here for the full set of images from that day.


       Swinging the Sledge Hammer     PPN & CARES Team at end of day     Rising the Anemometer


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