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Scott Honored As White House Champion
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Deborah Scott sits among fellow White House Champions

On Wednesday, April 25th, the White House highlighted Deborah Scott, convenor of Emerald Cities Atlanta and Director of Georgia Stand-Up and Trade-Up, as one of nine individuals who are Champions of Change for greening our cities and towns. The event honored leaders who are using innovative approaches to promote energy efficiency, revitalize outdoor spaces, encourage transportation options, and improve quality of life in our cities and towns. Watch the video.

 

"Healthy, sustainable communities support a strong economy and better quality of life for Americans," said Nancy Sutley, Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality. "The leaders we've selected as Champions of Change are finding creative ways to make their communities healthier places to live, work and play, and demonstrating how a healthy environment and strong economy go hand in hand."

 

The Champions of Change program was created as a part of President Obama's Winning the Future initiative. Each week, a different sector is highlighted and groups of Champions, ranging from educators to entrepreneurs to community leaders, are recognized for the work they are doing to serve and strengthen their communities.

 

 

City College of San Francisco Is In
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EC San Francisco and City College of San Francisco (CCSF) are joining forces for a college-wide energy efficiency retrofit project, as made official by a unanimously-signed letter of intent from the College's Board of Trustees this week. Together, they will review the scope of potential retrofit work, identify sources of financing, and negotiate a Community Workforce Agreement with the San Francisco Building Trades Council and the Laborers' Union. The processes will incorporate community representatives and ensure that created retrofitting jobs will benefit disadvantaged San Francisco residents.   
 
 
2012 Virtual Training Series

Our first Virtual Training Energy Series took place April 16 & 17. Despite some technical difficulties with the new and unfamiliar system, the sessions were great. You can watch Jobs In The Utility Sector, with Ann Randazzo of CEWD, and Working With ESCOs, with Donald Gilligan of NAESCO on our YouTube channel.

 

The next series is scheduled for May 21 & 22, both at 3:30pm Eastern, on Organizational Development. 

 

Emerald Cities Collaborative's Virtual Training Series is replacing last year's quarterly training sessions in the form of two 60-minute webinar sessions per month, for all of our staff, stakeholders, & friends. Just like the training sessions, these webinars will strengthen our capacity to implement major components of the high road retrofit development process. We anticipate full participation from our staff, local councils, board, and partners, as each session will be customized to meet city-specific needs and develop effective energy market intermediaries. Our Virtual Training Series will utilize the expertise of guest presenters, including our high-caliber team of national subject matter experts, board members, industry professionals, administrative personnel, etc. to help navigate these critical topics. 

 

 

Remembering Mark Ayers
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April 8, 2012 marked the passing of Mark Ayers, the late President of the AFL-CIO Building and Construction Trades Department. Mark Ayers was a truly great labor leader. He was brilliant, principled, and practical. Earlier than most, he saw the opportunity for labor to help lead America to a new energy economy. Drawing from the oldest traditions of the trades, he proposed a skills-based organizing strategy to seize it. But he also insisted, going forward, that the trades open their ranks, make new friends outside them, and put the movement back into labor. Mark had a deeply positive vision of America, and labor's role in realizing it.  He believed in respecting craft, rewarding work, peacefully overwhelming those who would do neither. His simple and very radical goal was that such basics of practical justice would be generally accepted in America, and that anyone who shared them would be welcome in the trades. Nobody was a more stalwart friend of Emerald Cities Collaborative. We will all miss this good man terribly, and we will honor his life by continuing the work of making his vision a reality.
 
Perspective: Social Justice
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ECC President Denise Fairchild
Strengthening Our Democracy is an Emerald Cities Collaborative goal, tightly integrated with our parallel efforts to Green Our Cities and Build Our Communities. On Thursday, April 26, ECC President Denise Fairchild put a spotlight on the issue of social and economic justice during USC's "From the Ashes," one of many events organized to reflect upon The 1992 L.A. Riots. April 29, 1992 marked the worst riots in American history, with 55 people killed and 2,000 injured in Los Angeles. Now, twenty years later, Dr. Fairchild, residents, researchers, civic leaders, and the media are chronicling the lessons learned and what still needs to be done, with conversations piqued by the recent Trayvon Martin incident, which exposed new wounds and unresolved issues in communities of color. 
 
Other events focused on efforts of social justice organizers to remake Los Angeles.
The Day of Dialogue, sponsored by County Supervisor Mark Ridley Thomas
was a multi-ethnic conversation around strengthening LA's civic infrastructure and race relations. The Council on Foundations also convened funders from around the country as part of a multi-day learning journey. 
 
As a participant in these numerous conversations, ECC continues to work build a greener, healthier and more equitable America with a focus on high-poverty neighborhoods.
Good, Green Jobs
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Following a successful session in Philadelphia, on May 11 Emerald Cities Milwaukee and Cleveland will facilitate a roundtable discussion at the Detroit Good Jobs Green Jobs Conference, of which Emerald Cities Collaborative is an organizational sponsor. The session, Transforming Metropolitan Regions into High Road Economies, will examine the strategies, successes, and unique challenges of building a high road retrofit industry in the Midwest. The group will focus on: job creation strategies, including financing, policies and project development; workforce development, including the use of Project Labor Agreements and Community Workforce Agreements; and multi-sector collaborations, highlighting labor-community partnerships. ECC President Denise Fairchild will serve as moderator.
 

Rebuild The Dream  
VanJonesRebuild the Dream, by Green For All Founder Van Jones, presents a readable insiders view of working in the White House, reflecting on his rise and fall as a political appointee in Council of Environmental Quality. Jones discusses the politics of the Obama Administration, the Tea Party and the Occupy movement, while identifying commonalities and differences. Most importantly, he presents a new formula for civic engagement, movement building, and reclaiming the American Dream. A must-read!
 

Calendar

BCTD Legislative Conference

Sunday, April 29 - Wednesday, May 2

Washington DC Hilton & Towers

 

Good Jobs, Green Jobs Conference

Thursday & Friday, May 10 & 11

Detroit Marriott at Renaissance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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