MHDCEmerald Cities San Francisco is proud to announce a Community Workforce Agreement (CWA) on Mission Housing Development Corporation's Energy Efficiency Retrofit project. As part EC San Francisco's pilot project, seven MHDC properties have been selected for green retrofits by the San Francisco Mayor's Office of Housing. The project is a collaborative effort beween MHDC, the Building and Construction Trades Council, the Laborers' Union, and community-based organizations, to ensure green union jobs, community benefits, and pathways to apprenticeships for disadvantaged residents. A press conference will be held November 14. 

Public Housing Energy Efficiency Retrofit Initiative

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Emerald Cities Portland is partnering up for Portland's MPower Fund, a mulitstakeholder, collaborative model aimed at delivering low-cost energy and water efficiency financing to the affordable multifamily rental housing sector. The pilot program will retrofit 2,000-2,500 units over the next three years and deliver access to high-quality green jobs, increased economic resiliency, and reductions in resource consumption and carbon emissions. Emerald Cities Portland is contributing to the Fund with $50,000 in in-kind staff resources for the development of a Community Workforce Agreement. Other contrubuters from the EC Portland Steering Committee include Jeremy Hays of Green for All, Andria Jacob from the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, Amanda Saul from Enterprise Community Partners, and John Warner from Blue Tree Strategies.

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ECC VP for Investments Kevin Warner points out the ECC brochure at the Seattle Mayor's office.
Progress On The Ground
National staff Amado Uno, John Morrill, and Kevin Warner spent the month of October traveling to the Emerald Cities of Seattle, San Francisco, Oakland, and Providence. They met with local Steering Committees and stakeholders to prioritize local workplans, identify steps to move clean energy projects forward, and consider new projects. Specifically, community colleges emerged as a new market opportunity for potential clean energy partnerships within the Emerald Cities, especially in San Francisco and Oakland. Like local governments, community colleges are public entities subject to budget constraints, but they represent the local fabric and often have substantial campuses with significant energy needs.
Reclaim The Future
On October 13-14, a diverse ECC delegation joined Partnership for Working Families for "Reclaim the Future," a national conference that brought together hundreds of leaders to collaborate on strategies to rebuild the country from the cities up. ECC President Denise Fairchild participated in a panel conversation on "Infrastructure, Transit and Construction Retrofit Investment: Federal, State and Local Policy Advocacy Opportunities." Other panelists included John Irons with the Economic Policy Institute, James Corless with Transportation for America, Anastasia Christman and Christine Riordan with the National Employment Law Project, and moderator Dorian Warren with Columbia University. In her presentation, Denise highlighted the creative work of Local Councils and the advancement of energy efficiency retrofit projects nationwide.
Jobs Act Stalls In Senate  

On September 8 President Obama introduced to Congress the American Jobs Act, intended to rebuild the economy by putting Americans back to work. Although the Act offers fair, responsible and bipartisan solutions that are supported by a broad cross-section of the American public, on October 11 the Senate voted the measure down, almost exclusively along party lines. There are, however, efforts to move individual components forward, including Project Rebuild. Through a combination of formula funds to local and state governments and competitive grants, Project Rebuild would advance the ECC mission and put people back to work. The $15 billion investment focuses on rehabilitating residential and commercial buildings in neighborhoods with high concentrations of foreclosures. 


equity summit

On November 8-11, PolicyLink will host thousands of advocates in Detroit, to share on-the-ground solutions to some of the biggest challenges facing low-income communities and communities of color, including jobs, transportation, housing, and healthy food access. Emerald Cities Collaborative staff & Board members will be in full force, including ECC President Denise Fairchild, ECC ACE Director Amado Uno, ECC Co-Founder and Chair Gerry Hudson, ECC Co-Founder and MIT Associate Professor Phil Hudson, PolicyLink Founder and CEO Angela Blackwell, and PolicyLink Deputy Director Rubén Lizardo. Register now!



CLPHA 30th Anniversary Reception
November 2, 2011
Washington, DC

PolicyLink Equity Summit
November 8-10, 2011
Detroit, MI

ECC National Training Session
December  13-16, 2011
Washington, DC
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