Eva Blake serves as the Senior Director of the YouthBuild USA Green
Initiative which she and a colleague launched in 2005 to create opportunities
for YouthBuild students and graduates to build green and healthy homes,
pursue green industry careers and develop environmental leadership and
literacy. With the tenth anniversary of the Green Initiative this year, she was named one of several Climate Change Champions by Green for All.
With the approximately $13 million in funds she has attracted and raised, she
and her team have distributed almost $8 million in pass-through grants to
sites, coordinated over 140 events for over 2,600 staff, students and
graduates from YouthBuild affiliates for green building, construction
certification, green business, and green career development. This includes a
$1.3 million Dept. of Energy Weatherization Innovation Pilot Program grant
that resulted in 863 units of low- to very-low income housing weatherized by
YouthBuild members and graduates in six rural, tribal and urban communities
while creating or retaining 370 jobs.
Eva has been a LEED Green Associate since 2010, served two years on the USGBC
Education Events Committee, is a current member of the USGBC Affordable
Housing and Sustainable Communities Advisory group, a Solar Energy
International graduate, and received her B.A. with honors in Art and
Community Studies from the University of California Santa Cruz with a
concentration on the theory and practice of environmental energy justice in
Indian Country. This program sparked her affiliation with the Indigenous
Environmental Network where she completed a six month field study, installed
a solar array to power a national conference, delivered a solar energy
workshop at another, and represented on a panel at Yale University.
Eva has also worked for the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s Native
American Renewable Energy Education Project and the Rising Sun Energy Center.
In her Wampanoag community, she has served in the past as Secretary and Chair
of the Wopanâak Language Reclamation Project, and is an active member of the
Advisory Committee of the Massachusetts Center for Native American Awareness.