4th Quarterly Training Institute 
ECC staff, experts, and partners from our 10 Local Councils will gather in downtown Washington, D.C. on December 13 - 16 for our 4th quarterly Training Institute, an exciting week of educational sessions, networking, and political experience. If you won't be attending, please visit our website at for information on how you can tune into our live stream online. The forum will be recorded and available so you can join in on the local, federal, and private sector conversations around "Greening America's Cities."
PolicyLink Summit 2011
L to R: Josh Arce, Nick Iuviene, Utuma Belfrey, Art Lujan, Jenny Lam, Daryl Wright, Ruben Lizardo, Leslie Moody, James Irwin, Denise Fairchild, & Amado Uno.
 PolicyLink Equity Summit
 An ECC delegation of local directors, leaders,  national board members and staff joined over 2,500  equity advocates from around the country for the  fourth annual PolicyLink Equity Summit in Detroit,  Michigan from November 8-11, 2011. The Summit  connected a diverse range of activists to create an  inclusive vision for more sustainable and equitable  development. ECC staff participated in two panels  entitled "The Next Economy: Growing Jobs,  Nurturing Sustainable Industries," and "The Future of  Equity: The Imperative for Labor-Community  Alliances," and moderated a caucus entitled: "In  Union We Are Strong: Building Labor-Community  Alliances." 


More Progress On The Ground 
ECC national staff have been traveling to several Emerald Cities during the past two months. Local enthusiasm and engagement in the ECC mission has been gratifying, and each of our Emerald Cities offers strengths and opportunities. In Cleveland and Cuyahoga County, leading private sector companies such as Cleveland Clinic, Key Bank, and Forest City are emerging as champions for energy efficiency efforts, boosting political and community support for sustainability work. The network connections they bring can be enormously helpful in moving sustainability ideas forward. The relationship between the City of Providence and the Emerald Cities effort is deep, with the local electric utility, National Grid, on the steering committee and providing a useful perspective. John Morrill, ECC VP for Sustainable Development, encourages Local Councils to build relationships with local energy utility staff.
Aggregation Holds Promise 
ECC has long held the view that aggregating both investment capital and sustainability projects can open up financing channels with greater efficiency, flexibility and reliability. "By aggregating both the funding and the projects, we can create an innovative marketplace in which to match up investors and project owners," says Kevin Warner, ECC VP for Investments. ECC national staff, several national investment groups, and local officials in some of our Emerald Cities have indicated their strong interest in such a platform, which is the foundation of our national initiative for retrofitting public housing. "Recent discussions with building owners and public officials in Seattle, Oakland and San Francisco suggest that this approach could be very valuable in driving high-road sustainability investments for the higher education, municipal facilities and affordable/workforce housing sectors," added Warner.
ACEEE has released a new tool to assist local policymakers and stakeholders in advancing appropriate energy efficiency policies within their community. The Local Energy Efficiency Policy Calculator (LEEP-C) allows users to enter characteristics about their community, learn about and customize policy options, draw on a database of energy and economic data, and analyze and compare the estimated impacts of different policy choices across time. Outputs include energy savings, cost savings, pollution reduction, and net jobs. Download it today to discover the energy efficiency opportunities available in your community!

Happy 30th Anniversary to our partner organization, Council of Large Public Housing Authorities! 

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