Holistic Pilot Project in Oscarville

In Fall 2014, a group of agency leaders held the first roundtable on a Holistic Approach to Sustainable Northern Communities. The roundtable brought together federal, state, local, and nonprofit partners to develop a more collaborative approach to projects in rural Alaska. While issues like energy, housing, transportation, sanitation, health, and economic development are typically addressed by separate agencies, they are all interconnected. The goal of the roundtable is to use a holistic approach in these efforts that is driven by the community and leverages the expertise and resources of agency partners.

Oscarville, a small community near Bethel, volunteered as a pilot project for a holistic approach. Oscarville has very little infrastructure, a housing shortage, and high energy costs. In early 2015, a multi-agency team visited Oscarville for a site assessment and community meeting. Oscarville is currently working on a community development plan to set priorities and identify opportunities.

 

The Oscarville pilot project was featured in a story by the Alaska Dispatch here.

See a white paper of the project here.

See a timeline of what has been accomplished here.

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Projects

Venetie Prototype Home The Venetie teacher housing four-plex uses super-insulated log walls to integrate traditional resources and high-performance building science.
Portable Alternative Sanitation System (PASS) CCHRC worked with the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium and Lifewater Engineering to develop a simple in-home sanitation system for Kivalina to replace hauled water and honey buckets.
Bethel Aviation Housing CCHRC partnered with the Association of Village Council Presidents (AVCP) to design two duplexes for flight school students in Bethel. The duplexes demonstrate the integrated truss technology and energy efficient building strategies in a hub community, helping to publicly vet these approaches and serve as model homes in the region.
Quinhagak Prototype Home The Native Village of Kwinhagak has asked CCHRC to partner with residents to design a super-efficient prototype house, which was completed in 2010. The design features an octagonal-shape, to hold heat and shed wind-driven rain, and an innovative wall system that is light, simple, and mobile.
North Slope Housing Prototypes CCHRC is working with Tagiugiullu Nunamiullu Housing Authority to design homes in six North Slope villages. The homes feature a unique foundation system designed for the permafrost conditions in the high arctic.