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Better Buildings Challenge 
Emerald Cities Collaborative is taking on the U.S. Department of Energy's Better Buildings Challenge, which calls on CEOs, university presidents, and state and local leaders to create jobs through building energy efficiency retrofits. The campaign supports the Emerald Cities mission, and provides an excellent opportunity to establish local hiring and contracting opportunities. Members of Emerald Cities Atlanta and Seattle are "at the table," contributing their workforce development capacities and injecting high road principles into the corporate community planning processes. Atlanta has pledged to reduce energy consumption 20% by 2020, by retrofitting 20 million square feet of downtown commercial and industrial space. The City of Seattle, in partnership with the Seattle 2030 District, has committed to retrofit 23 million square feet of downtown commercial and municipal building space. In addition, Emerald Cities Cleveland has gained the support of the prestigious Cleveland Clinic to help support their emerging Better Buildings Challenge effort. More info.


ECC Atlanta Training


Local Directors, L to R: Nick Iuviene (NY), Avni Jamdar (SF), Tara Marchant (Cle), John Morrill (ECC VP Sustainable Dev.), Andrew Cortes (Prov), Deborah Scott (Atl), Stacia Jenkins (Sea), Lizette Hernandez-Moore (LA), Casey Barnard (Por)

For over 40 ECC Local Council representatives, August 7 - August 10 marked the 3rd ECC training session held at NeighborWorks Training Institute in Atlanta Georgia. The highlight was, of course, EC Atlanta's down-home southern hospitality, despite daily 12-hour plus agendas. Board member Dayna Cunningham from MIT-CoLab sent participants on "learning journeys" to local sustainability and economic development projects, after preparing them with the tools to engage in "generative" conversations about the challenges and strategies of economic and social transformation. A team of experts from the national and local building trades, Partnership for Working Families, Cornell University, and Local Council community groups spent a day discussing design, processes, and roles for creating effective community workforce agreements. Finally, the team plotted out initial local and state policy agendas and developed preliminary strategies and tactics.

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Board Feature: Community Action

On August 23-26, ECC board partner Community Action Partnership held its annual convention in San Francisco, bringing together emerging and current leaders to engage and advocate for relevant policy issues and outputs in opportunity and economic security in America. Opening keynote speaker Angela Glover Blackwell of ECC board fame "wowed" the 1,100 convention participants, and distinguished guests engaged in leadership trainings, and discussed their stories and history in Community Action and nonprofits during lively roundtable dialogues. Gene Nichol, Director of Center on Poverty and Law at Univ of NC shared, and Richard Heinberg of Post Carbon Institute in Santa Rosa, CA spoke on economic resource depletion and its affect on low-income communities. CAP presented their prestigious Community Economic Development Awards, and preceeded the conference with a site visit to La Cocina, a business incubator where a diverse group of low income individuals are taught and given skills necessary to succeed in the food service industry.

City of the Month


Los Angeles


Here's what's happening with Emerald Cities Los Angeles: 

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L to R: Lizette Hernandez-Moore, EC Los Angeles Local Director, Manuel Medina, CDTech TechCorps Leadership Program Graduate, Isella Ramirez, East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice Co - Director, Denise Fairchild, ECC President, Jane Templin, IBEW Vice President

  • Last month, EC Los Angeles visited the Electrical Training Institute (ETI), a state-of the art facility operated by IBEW, where new apprentices are trained to become professional electricians on the latest technology. IBEW is committed to training young people of color from low-income communities and ensuring that electrical workers "receive a fair wage, have training programs, pension plans, dental and medical plans for themselves and their families." The tour and meeting with local partners was a key step in increasing the readiness of local community members for work with IBEW. 
  • EC Los Angeles, with Green Urban Manufacturing Initiative (GUMI), is building a table of players for the retrofit of industrial facilities throughout the county. EC Los Angeles is specifically focusing on food processing, metals and other manufacturing sectors.   
  • EC Los Angeles is working with local environmental justice grassroots organizations to prioritize retrofits of industrial facilities located next to community-sensitive sites, such as schools, homes and parks. In an effort to reduce the cumulative environmental impact of living near these facilities, EC Los Angeles is working to ensure the dedication of resources to communities that can benefit from new green careers, as well as the retrofit of manufacturers' facilities and industrial processes.  

Correction: July eNews

Our July 2011 eNews held an article about the Clinton Global Initiative meeting in Chicago, where AFL-CIO announced plans to invest $10 billion in national infrastructure and job creation, including support for ECC efforts to retrofit buildings for energy efficiency. The photo below was included without a caption. Shown, from left to right, are Deborah Scott, EC Atlanta Convenor & Director of Georgia StandUp, Damon A. Silvers, General Counsil of AFL-CIO, Denise Fairchild, President of ECC, and Mark Ayers, President of BCTD AFL-CIO.

Clinton Initiative 


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Right Stuff Awards 






Denise Fairchild Has The Right Stuff

Emerald Cities President Denise Fairchild will be honored and recognized for her leadership in strengthening economic opportunities and developing jobs and housing for low-income residents and communities of color domestically and internationally. The Right Stuff Awards will be hosted by BlueGreen Alliance in San Francisco on Wednesday, September 21.


HUD Community Challenge Grants 

The Department of Housing and Urban Development's $28 million Community Challenge Planning Grant Program aims at achieving affordable, economically vital, and sustainable communities. This includes amending local master plans and zoning and building codes, to promote mixed-use development, affordable housing, and the reuse of older buildings, with the goal of promoting sustainability at the local or neighborhood level. The Program is being initiated in close coordination with U.S. DOT and EPA, co-leaders with HUD in the Partnership for Sustainable Communities. Applications must be submitted by September 9, 2011 at 11:59:59 p.m. EDT to


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The Member Section of our website -  - is now available to all partners of ECC - as a shared online space for collaboration. Documents, photos, calendar events, news feeds, and more are available you and your organizaiton. Register now. 




ECC Board of Directors Meeting
Via Teleconference
Friday, September 16

The Right Stuff Awards
San Francisco, CA 
Wednesday, September 21

ACEEE Nat'l Conference on

Energy Efficiency as a Resource

Denver, CO

Sunday, September 25 - 27

Solutions for Sustainable Communities: 2011 Learning Conference on State & Local

Housing Policy 

Washington, DC 
Monday, September 26
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