ECC Logo MARCH 2011

Inaugural Training Launch

L.A. Training

DOE rep Mark Johnson, right, leads a session.


ECC's first Building Retrofit Bootcamp took place February

27 - March 2, 2011 at the NeighborWorks Training Institute in Los Angeles. The project-based training program marked the beginning of a year-long intensive learning journey for the 30 representatives of ECC's Local Councils.


The first stop was an introduction to ECC's high road strategy  for building sustainable metropolitan regions, defining core elements and the role of Local Councils. During intensive 12-hour days, participants learned the how-to's of 1) basic retrofit planning, installation and management, 2) auditing and retrofitting municipal buildings, and 3) accessing ratepayer dollars to retrofit affordable housing projects. They began moving their retrofit projects to the next phase - pre-development - completing energy policy scorecards and rankings of their cities, inventories of resources, plans for workforce development grants, and energy surveys of municipal buildings. The program ended with a symposium on "Green Choices, Green Value" and an energized readiness.


The four-day session was powered by: Joel Rogers, Denise Fairchild, DOE, EPA, Citi, McKinstry, Johnson Controls, National Consumer Law Center, the Benningfield Group, SCOPE/LA Apollo Alliance, NeighborWorks, LISC, Phil Thompson, MIT, Cecilia Estallano, Green for All, and more.


ECC board and staff look forward to meeting up again in Detroit, Michigan in May 2011, as the journey continues.



New Release: Distressed Property Report


ECC recently released Voices for the Field: Greening America's Distressed Housing -  our first policy report on weatherizing distressed properties. We're taking the first steps toward improving housing quality and providing access to energy services in our communities.


The report includes extensive background research, a field survey of the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP), and focus groups of weatherization service providers and affordable housing managers that work in communities ravaged by housing divestment and neglect. It reveals that those that need weatherization the most are least likely to get it because the costs of major structural upgrades and other health and safety issues fall outside the training and cost abilities of WAP. On the other hand, the report also reveals the heroic and entrepreneurial efforts of WAP providers to patch together low-cost solutions, with which ECC has worked to present options for better inter-agency coordination, standardized protocols, documentation and reporting, and more.


The report was a collaborative project of several ECC board members, including Community Action Partnership as lead, Youth Build, Enterprise Community Partners and NeighborWorks.


Congressional Briefing Set For April 8

On April 8th ECC will stand before Congress to tell our story. We're building relationships on the hill and informing new members of Congress about our national organization and local level work.
Congressional representatives from ECC cities and committees on energy, environment and the workforce will hear about our programs, partnerships, and pledge to create jobs and reduce energy use in their districts. The briefing will be hosted by Los Angeles Representative Honorable Karen Bass.


Congrats To Atlanta & Cleveland


We're proud to officially welcome Atlanta to the family of Local Councils. On March 17, 2011 Mayor Kasim Reed signed the ECC partnership agreement, co-signing with a large and impressive coalition of community, business, development, non-profit and community college partners.


Also, the Clevelend Local Council, fired up after the L.A. training session, returned home and proposed an ECC-led municipal retrofit program to Mayor Frank G. Jackson's Retrofit Working Group. The program has been unanimously approved and we await Mayor Jackson's final approval.

Deborah Kobes Joins Jobs For The Future


Deborah Kobes

Deborah Kobes, ECC's first hire, has returned to Boston to join her new husband and the staff at Jobs for the Future. This move ends her commute to the D.C. area and supports her interest in advancing innovative job programs throughout the US. Deborah leaves an indelible mark on ECC; her footprint permeates the organization as the brains behind ECC's new image and brand, communication infrastructure, organization of the Local Councils, critical field support, and our distressed properties report. We know that she will continue to do well in Boston and we wish her the best!



RFQs Issued


ECC is putting our training and technical assistance team together and we've begun searching for successful candidates to assist both our National and Local Councils in five major areas: 1) energy building management and assessment, 2) energy efficiency project planning, development and financing, 3) workforce development, 4) community engagement, and 5) organizational development.

Share Your Stories 

ECC partners can now submit news to share with the public via our website or monthly newsletter, as we continue to serve as a resource for outreach, networking, education, and collaboration.


Partner News 
In Portland, Green For All has been helping implement Recovery Act-funded programs that create high-quality jobs. They've just completed a 500-home energy efficiency pilot and are leading the launch of a state-wide effort to upgrade 6,000 homes over the next three years. This brief report highlights the impact of that investment in terms of high-quality job creation, equitable hiring, inclusive business opportunities, standardized training, and energy conservation.



Congressional Briefing

Friday April 8, 2011

11:30pm - 1pm @
Capital Visitor Center


ECC Oakland Funders Briefing

Thursday April 14, 2011

Energy Foundation Rm 215
ECC Local Councils Map