Organizations like Growing up Healthy in Northfield, MN understand that the first step toward progress isn’t always action, it’s simply listening. Director Jennyffer Barrientos says that listening was foundational to the success of a recent community project. Supported by a CERTs seed grant, the project prioritized what local Latine community members wanted to learn about energy efficiency and climate change, and in response, created print and digital materials in Spanish and English. Growing Up Healthy has a 15-year history working in Northfield and through that work, has built trust with the local Latine community.
"Fruitful conversations with residents came from door-knocking in the neighborhoods and neighborhood-based interactions that removed transportation and other barriers to participation," said Barrientos.