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New ECC Staff

Emerald Cities is excited to announce and introduce our talented new staff that will bring heightened energy and capacity to the ECC mission. Together they offer over 60 years of experience in sustainable development, energy efficiency, finance & investments, and policy/civic engagement. Please welcome them and know that we are now poised to go from GOOD to GREAT!

John Morrill


Our VP of Sustainable Development, John Morrill, is responsible for initiating, building and managing ECC's local partnership sites and providing technical support in a range of sustainable development and building retrofit services. He will oversee ECC's overall program plan implementing ECC's vision for strong sustainable economies throughout the United States metropolitan regions, using ECC's high road strategies.  



Kevin Warner



Our VP of Investment Services, Kevin Warner, is responsible for capitalizing ECC's sustainable and energy retrofit projects through the creative pooling of public and private investments, and managing the investment portfolio and assets in partnership with ECC's financial and development partners.




Malcolm Amado Uno


Our Advocacy & Civic Engagement Director, Malcolm Amado Uno, is responsible for overseeing ECC's policy and government affairs initiatives at the national and local level, with a key focus on helping our local affiliates build a broad-based constituency -- of labor, community, government and businesses -- and policy agenda for "high road" sustainable development and building retrofits. 

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

  • Spurred by President Barack Obama's Better Buildings Challenge, Mayor Kasim Reed has committed to accelerate Atlanta's energy efficiency market and forge a world-class green workforce. In partnership with Emerald Cities Atlanta, an implementation strategy will be finalized over the next 90 days, with specific focus on labor and minority participation in municipal contracts for large-scale retrofits. Key partners include the Atlanta and North Georgia Building and Construction Trades Council, STAND-UP, TRADE-UP, Atlanta Urban League, the City of Atlanta Office of Sustainability, Southface, YouthBuild, Partnership for Southern Equity, Atlanta Technical College, Enterprise Community Partners, and HTS Enterprises.
  • On June 20 - 24, the Building Trades Multicraft Core Curriculum Training, sponsored by the Dept. of Labor national YouthBuild program and the N. GA Building and Construction Trades Council, served as a platform for the city collaborative to lay groundwork for an ECC workforce development system and deliver a multi-craft curriculum between community-based organizations and trades.
  •  Clinton InitiativeDeborah Scott of Atlanta STAND-UP and TRADE-UP participated in the recent Clinton Global Initiative meeting in Chicago, where AFL-CIO announced plans to invest at least $20 million in national infrastructure and job creation, including retrofitting buildings for energy efficiency.

YouthBuild 90-Second Contest

YouthBuild USA, a board partner of ECC, hosted a contest for students to produce 90-second videos themed around what YouthBuild means to them. After many wonderful submissions, YouthBuild Long Island was chosen as one of two winners. Winners received $1,000, an iPod, and a trip to Washington DC. YouthBuild helps low-income young adults prepare for skilled living-wage jobs, building affordable, green housing in their communities, while working toward GEDs, high school diplomas, and college admission.

Sec. Solis Testifies On Green Energy

On July 26, US Department of Labor Secretary Hilda Solis testified before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, & Pensions, stressing training and education to prepare workers for jobs in the green energy and manufacturing sectors, and the need to protect collective bargaining rights of workers as a way to rebuild the middle class. Watch the webcast.


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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Public and Indian Housing, and CLPHA hosted a conference on "Going Green: Intelligent Investments for Public Housing" in Boston July 13-14. The conference brought together stakeholders from public and affordable housing, green building, and enregy efficiency industry groups to discuss strategies for making public housing more energy efficient and sustainable in its daily operations.
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ECC Nat'l Training Session

August 7 - 10, 2011

NeighborWorks Training Institute

Hilton Atlanta

255 Courtland Street NE

Atlanta, GA 30308


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