Hello Friends, 
Daylight in the North is quickly gaining ground – and so are the project bright spots we’re highlighting this month: sustainable community values are transforming energy infrastructure and waste management in rural Alaska; a bold bipartisan campaign is calling on policymakers to harness Alaska’s vast renewable energy resources and invest in a clean energy future; and Indigenous Peoples across the Arctic are advancing sovereignty and self-determination through transcontinental Indigenous Guardians exchanges.  

As we build on this momentum and consider how to adapt to the challenges ahead, AVF’s Nalikutaar, Jacqueline Cleveland wisely suggests, “We need to be more connected as a community, to be stronger together.”     

We hope this update brings you a greater sense of connection and shared strength. If it sparks any questions or uncovers a new bright spot for you – we’d love to hear about it.

The Alaska Venture Fund Team

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Project updates, stories and perspectives that inspire our work.

Spotlight: AVF Publications

Indigenous Leadership to Strengthen Climate Response
The rights and wellbeing of Indigenous Peoples are at stake in the climate crisis. Alaska’s JustUS Network: Indigenous Leadership to Strengthen Climate Response, AVF’s latest publication, explains why Indigenous people must be at the center of our national and global climate response. “There’s a real opportunity to learn about Alaska Native values and relationships and principles that have sustained us for thousands of years,” says Jonella Ququngaq Larson, Partner & Program Director for Justice40 Initiatives at AVF.

Video: Community Resilience Through Climate Change
“I never want to leave this place where I grew up.” In this short video, AVF’s Nalikutaar, Jacqueline Cleveland shares how strengthening community connections helps her village of Quinhagak adapt to climate change impacts.

Igiugig’s Journey Highlighted at National Tribal Clean Energy Summit
"We really love where we live - we've been living there for over 8,000 years,” AVF Partner and Program Director AlexAnna Salmon told the audience at the U.S. Department of Energy Tribal Clean Energy Summit. She was invited to speak on the panel, “Tribal Clean Energy: Indian Country Leading the Way!”

New Energy Alaska – A Bipartisan Initiative Hosted by AVF
Alaska’s world-class clean energy resources can help secure our energy independence and drive new economic vitality for our state. With significant federal funding currently available, New Energy Alaska recently launched a campaign calling on policymakers, utility boards, and business leaders to seize this moment to build a thriving clean energy sector.

Welcoming Lisa Amañuq Shield to AVF!
Lisa Amañuq Shield joins the AVF Wildfire Resilience Program as Community Wildfire Resilience and Workforce Coordinator. Lisa comes to AVF from the State of Alaska Fire Marshal's Office and brings over a decade of workforce training and fire prevention education, and a deep love and commitment to rural Alaska.

Join the AVF Team
We are looking for driven, dynamic individuals who believe in Alaska’s potential and want to build a future based on opportunity, innovation and sustainability. Learn more about our open positions:

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From Across Alaska
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Closing the Gap – Stories From the Global Energy Transition: Gwen Holdmann from the Alaska Center for Energy and Power hosts a new podcast about places around the world at the leading edge of the global energy transition – from Iceland to rural Alaska. Closing the Gap is both a history podcast and a podcast about the energy technologies of the future. The first four episodes are now available, and include Iceland’s recipe for cheap electricity and geothermal technology.

Safer Homes – Grant Supports Environmental Justice Through Home Health: A federal grant program to make family homes safer has awarded a total of $5 million to three Alaska entities, including the Chilkat Indian Village of Tlákw Áan (Klukwan). Klukwan – one of the communities where AVF has focused place-based investments – is a leader in sustainability and Tribal self-governance. The Healthy Homes HUD grants will support local contractors to complete healthy home interventions and enable home assessments to address childhood diseases and home injuries.

Local Clean Energy – Rural Alaska Efforts Get a Big Boost: The U.S. Department of Energy announced a $50 million award to Alaska’s Northwest Arctic Borough. The grant will pay for heat pumps for every home in the region and the development of community-owned solar projects to power them. In Southeast Alaska, the National Renewable Energy Lab is helping facilitate a knowledge exchange between Sitka and the Hawaiian community of Molokai to help the communities develop local energy transition plans.
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