Life on Standing Rock Reservation can be challenging: more than 40 percent of residents live below the federal poverty line, it’s a USDA-designated “food desert,” and due to a significant lack of adequate and affordable housing, residential overcrowding is severe. This project aims to address these issues by developing a sustainable, community-scale housing initiative.
The project has two primary goals. First, it’ll focus on establishing culturally appropriate housing at an affordable cost. Second, it’ll harness the tribe’s renewable energy resources to develop a year-round net-zero greenhouse operation for economic growth, thereby offsetting commercial and residential energy demands—and increasing access to healthy food.
With powerful winds and underdeveloped geothermal and solar resources, there’s substantial renewable energy potential on Standing Rock.
This initiative would provide the opportunity to create and implement a microgrid to tie both housing and greenhouse into one primary energy source.
Food-growing capabilities would address the tribe’s food desert dilemma, reduce the carbon intensity of food, make use of unproductive land, provide a year-round growing season, and offer food security.
Recipient of Tiospaye in Engineering Scholarship
Named a 2016 AISES Chevron Scholar
Semifinalist for the 2015 Bush Foundation Fellowship
Develop and evaluate a net-zero greenhouse operation that can be scaled to compete commercially in the fresh produce industry nationwide
Generate economic prosperity for local communities and provide the necessary capital to continue development of sustainable, net-zero homes and buildings on the reservation
Investors for net zero housing initiatives and greenhouse operation
Collaboration with engineering schools, tribal colleges, and nonprofit organizations
High-level assessment of renewable energy potential and installation feasibility
Evaluation of baseline data on energy consumption, costs, trends, and short-term and long-term impacts
Grant identification and support for sustainable and green housing
Create a network of people who have experience in community education and design for sustainability
Rapid City, SD, USA
Standing Rock Reservation, USA
- Kimberlynn Cameron M.S. Civil & Environmental Engineering, South Dakota School of Mines & Technology