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Secretary Donovan Visits ECC-Bay Area

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Secretary Shaun Donovan and Mayor Jean Quan

On May 31, Emerald Cities Oakland and San Francisco co-hosted a conversation with Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan, Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, key officials from the Bay Area's local public housing authorities and department, and National Board representatives Angela Blackwell Glover of PolicyLink and ECC President Denise Fairchild. The Secretary heard from community advocates, contractors, pre-apprenticeship leaders, city representatives, affordable housing managers and more, about efforts, challenges, and ideas for targeting the affordable housing sector in the Bay Area. Having retrofitted 250,000 units of public housing through ARRA dollars, HUD sees retrofitting affordable housing as a 'win-win' strategy for jobs, workforce development, education, energy savings and carbon emission reduction. In addition, they are committed to developing high-road job career pathways with PLA adoption and Community Benefit objectives. Recognizing Emerald Cities as a key driver of these same objectives for local communities, the Bay Area was honored to accommodate HUD's request to host this intimate discussion, and looks forward to building the partnership needed to bring about true and valued impacts in our cities. 


Workshops In Seattle
ECSeattleLaunchEmerald Cities Seattle hosted the second half of their public launch Thursday, June 9. EC Seattle Board members on the panel included David West of Puget Sound Sage, Michael Woo of Got Green, David Freiboth of the MLK County Labor Council, Jessica Finn Coven of Climate Solutions, and Jayson Antonoff of City of Seattle's Seattle Energy and Climate Change. Panelists showcased local programs and progress in the creation of a strong and sustainable economy. Guests included local leaders in the fields of energy efficiency, social justice, business and workforce development, along with representatives of U. S. Congressman Jim McDermott and the Boeing and Bullitt Foundations.    

DOL 100 Years Of Apprenticeship

On Monday June 6, Department of Labor Secretary Hilda Solis stood to commemorate 100 years of apprenticeship, joined by program leaders, Administration officials, and inspiring young apprentices, including the Labor Department's YouthBuild and Job Corps students, who are getting the skills they need to re-build this country - and their lives. "Joint apprenticeships are one of this country's best kept secrets. But from the National Mall this morning, I was proud to let the secret out," Secretary Solis remarked. Registered apprenticeship programs strive to provide job-seekers with the skills to land good-paying jobs, while linking employers with highly trained talent, and are a direct priority at ECC. Read the blog.

City of the Month




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

  • Casey Barnard, the new Project Director of Emerald Cities Portland, brings eight years of experience in nonprofit management, affordable housing, sustainable community development, environmental advocacy and law to her position. A longtime advocate for social and environmental justice, she has served as an AmeriCorps Member, worked for a foundation, and run an internship program aimed at bringing more diversity to the conservation field. 
  • Led by the Portland Housing Bureau, the Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability  and other partners, Emerald Cities Portland is creating the M-Power Fund (the "M" stands for multifamily and the word is pronounced "empower"), an innovative financing program for efficiency improvements in affordable housing. Building on the collaboration that led to Clean Energy Works Oregon, this exciting initiative addresses the challenges of financing for efficiency upgrades through resident engagement, training, and partnerships with utility companies, and seeks to develop a distinct building sector with significant investment potential.
  • Clean Energy Works Oregon (CEWO) aims to weatherize at least 6,000 homes across the state in 3 years. CEWO, along with the Laborers' Union and a number of contractors, has created the Weatherize for Good program to assist high road weatherization contractors in building demand for their services.
  • The "cool schools" initiative will begin this summer to help schools pay the upfront costs of energy and seismic upgrades in K-12 classrooms. Schools will be able to repay the low or zero interest loans using savings from the increased efficiency. Governor Kitzhaber estimates every $1 million invested in energy upgrades could create 10 to 15 construction jobs throughout the state.
ECC was acknowledged in O'Brien & Company's most recent Building Capacity Blog for our national collaboration on sustainability initiatives. 


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Farewell to Asha

Asha MashakaAsha Mashaka, ECC's Finance and Operations Intern recently completed her MBA from The George Washington University this past May. She heads back to her home town of Los Angeles to join her bother in the operation of their restaurant, Hoagies & Wings. Asha has given so much to ECC as a key figure in assisting in the development of ECC's internal operations, from accounting, to conference planning, to IT, to development of the Member Section of our website, which is scheduled to launch in July. Asha is looking forward to having a little free time to play tennis. As she moves on to expand and franchise, we wish the best for her and congratulate her on her MBA!


DOE LogoAs part of the Obama Administration's efforts to improve commercial building efficiency 20% by 2020, US Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced a partnership with The Appraisal Foundation that will help, improve building appraisals, expand access to energy efficiency and building performance information for commercial buildings, and help American businesses to reduce energy waste. This partnership is part of President Obama's Better Buildings Initiative to accelerate private sector investment in energy efficiency to create jobs and build a stronger economy.  



The Corps Network:

Marvin Gaye Park Unveiling 

July 12, 2011

Washington DC


ECC Board of Directors Meeting

July 18, 2011

Pew Charitable Trusts

Washington, DC


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