Archived News Release: June 8, 2023 - The City of Ann Arbor and Community Action Network are hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house Friday, June 9, at 6 p.m. to celebrate the launch of the city's second resilience hub. The ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at the new resilience hub, Bryant Community Center (3 Eden Court), and will include remarks from Ann Arbor Mayor Christopher Taylor, Derrick Miller, executive director of Community Action Network (CAN), and Councilmembers Travis Radina and Ayesha Ghazi Edwin. Tours of the resilience hub will be provided every 15 minutes for those interested in seeing the site. In addition, community groups such as the Ann Arbor Police and Fire departments, Community Action Network, Ann Arbor Office of Emergency Management, Common Cycle and the Ann Arbor Office of Sustainability and Innovations will be onsite with fun activities.
The event formally starts at 5 p.m., with free Kona Ice and pizza available for the first 100 attendees. This event is part of the city's annual A2ZERO week celebration.
“We are delighted to welcome the public into the city's second resilience at the Bryant Community Center," said Derrick Miller, executive director of CAN. “CAN and the city have been working for years to help advance equitable climate action and I'm delighted to see the completion of this resilience hub as one important component of this work."
The Bryant Community Center and Resilience Hub features a 13kw solar system, two 16-kWh batteries, onsite stormwater management features, a kitchen for food distribution and preparation, educational space that is activated most days of the week for community programming, onsite bike repair materials, and a series of additional support services. In addition, the city and CAN are collaborating to turn the Bryant Community Center and Resilience Hub into a carbon-negative facility that can serve as the city's living, learning lab for what carbon neutrality looks like in practice.
“CAN and the Bryant community have been and continue to be critical collaborators in our work to usher in a just transition to community-wide carbon neutrality by the year 2030," said Dr. Missy Stults, sustainability and innovations director for the City of Ann Arbor. “Today we celebrate the opening of the Bryant Resilience Hub as part of our shared work to create a more resilient, healthy and sustainable present and future for all Ann Arborites."
This project is part of the city's unanimously adopted A2ZERO Carbon Neutrality plan, which outlines a path for how the entire Ann Arbor community can achieve a just transition to community-wide carbon neutrality by the year 2030. Learn more at www.a2gov.org/sustainability.
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