ECC Logo APRIL 2011

Emerald Cities Seattle Public Launch May 23

Emerald Cities Seattle is celebrating one year since first convening their collaboration, and are proud to announce their presence, strength, and initiatives to a broader, regional audience. On Monday, May 23, ECS will host a reception featuring ECC President Denise Fairchild and speakers from their Executive Board, Mayor Mike McGinn, Seattle Building Trades Executive Secretary Lee Newgent, Seattle Foundation President Norman B. Rice, and Board Chair of the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce, Maud Daudon. The reception will be followed by a June 9 forum of elected officials and business, labor, community and environmental leaders on what it means to Green Our Cities, Build Our Communities and Strengthen Our Democracy, and how together, they can change the world with a sustainable, green economy.


Congressional Briefing 
Karen Bass

Congresswoman Karen Bass and panelists Art Lujan, Junious Williams, and Deborah Scott.

On April 8, ECC presented ourselves and our legislative priorities at a congressional briefing sponsored by Los Angeles Congresswoman Karen Bass. Representatives from our Local Councils and Board presented the ECC vision and initiatives for green, economically vibrant, and equitable regional economies. The audience included more than 30 representatives from Congressional offices in our target cities, members of key congressional committees, and members from other interested Congressional Districts. The showing was incredible, considering the Hill was (literally) in the 11th hour of a potential government shutdown - it was surreal trying to move America forward in the midst of such uncertainty.Panelists were: Dana Bourland - Vice President of Enterprise Community Partners; Russell Garcia - ARRA Program Director at Johnson Controls West Region; Sally Prouty - President/CEO of the Corps Network; Deborah Scott - Executive Director of Georgia STAND-UP; Art Lujan - Special Assistant to the President of the Building and Construction Trades Department; Junious Williams - CEO of Urban Strategies Council in Oakland.

ECC SF/Oakland Funders Briefing

Emerald Cities Oakland and San Francisco partnered up April 14 for their first regional funders briefing at the Energy Foundation in San Francisco. The funders were invited to hear about the ECC model and become a part of the regional partnership aimed at greening the Bay Area the "high road" way. In the spirit of a skilled relay team, ECC President Dr. Denise Fairchild, Stephen De Berry of Bronze Investment, and the local leadership, including Apollo Alliance, Building Trades, PolicyLink, Brightline Defense, Urban Strategies Council, and PODER, articulated excitement about the unique roles Emerald Cities Councils are beginning to fill. The two-hour discussion provided a common table for points of intersection and partnership among everyone. The event was co-hosted by The California Endowment and The San Francisco Foundation.


DOE Inter-Agency Briefing

On March 24, ECC presented the key findings of its recent study, Voices for the Field: Greening America's Distressed Housing, at an inter-agency briefing sponsored by the Department of Energy. EPA and HUD representatives also attended the half-day meeting, which featured similar efforts of DOE/EERE and Green and Healthy Homes to understand and redress the challenges of weatherizing America's older housing stock. ECC stressed the importance of data collection and information management as tools for understanding and tracking the extent of the problem, and encouraged overall inter-agency administrative and financial coordination. The participating federal agencies have already begun to take this work to heart - DOE has proposed an interactive data platform and referral system, and HUD is developing a "bonus program" for regions that prioritize the inclusion of healthy home strategies in housing plans.


Municipal Retrofitting & Financing
All ECC Local Councils recently completed preliminary municipal facility surveys, taking the first steps toward scoping out the size of the inventory available for retrofitting. Our 10 first-round cities have over 8,000 municipally owned facilities, most of which have not been benchmarked or retrofitted. ECC Local Councils are working to change this. Our Municipal Retrofit Initiative (MRI) will use the Energy Star Portfolio Manager to develop retrofit and financing plans for all eligible municipal buildings.


ECC President Dr. Denise Fairchild was a featured panelist at the Center for American Progress's forum on economic growth and equality, aired on C-SPAN last Friday, April 22. Watch the full video, or just Dr. Fairchild's portion under the "Transcript" section.


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Emerald Cities was mentioned in an article in the most recent issue of Shelterforce, a national nonprofit magazine focused on affordable housing, community development, and revitalization and empowerment in low-income communities (mention is on page 3).  
New Staff Member
In light of our ongoing hiring process, ECC is pleased to welcome Natalie May to our national staff as our new Operations Manager, responsible for executive support, meeting logistics, and operational/office infrastructure. She joins us with over 11 years experience in Meetings and Program Support, most recently with Partnership for Prevention in Washington DC.
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City of the Month


Here are some of the great things happening with Emerald Cities Providence:

  • May 9th Official Signing Ceremony, with Mayor Angel Taveras and key partners. 7 ECC board members will be in attendance. 
  • Mayor Taveras Signs Green and Healthy Housing Initiative Compact; Endorses U.S. Conference of Mayors Climate Protection Agreement. GHHI is our partner on both the national and local levels.
  • ECC has been a part of a California statewide coalition effort to increase financing for retrofitting affordable housing projects, and EC Providence will take the next steps as they host a series of meetings with the National Housing Trust, the National Consumer Law Center and the Benningfield Group.

Providence Signing Ceremony

Monday, May 9, 2011

ECC Nat'l Training Session Pt.2

NeighborWorks Training Institute

Training: Sun. May 15- 17, 2011

Symposium: Weds. May 18, 2011

Detroit Cobo Convention Center



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