ECC LogoMAY 2012
Portland Contracts Federal Building Workforce
Emerald Cities Portland has successfully submitted a collaborative proposal to map the workforce pipeline and streamline workforce needs on the $133 million retrofit of the Edith Green - Wendell Wyatt Federal Building (EGWW) in downtown Portland. EGWW is Oregon's largest federal project, which began in 2010 and is expected to employ over 2000 workers over the a three-year timeline. For the next six months, EC Portland will be convening partnerships, researching, monitoring, and assessing the workforce component of the project, alongside key workforce and training partners, including Construction Apprenticeship & Workforce Solutions/Worksystems Inc., Constructing Hope, Excellence in Trades & Apprenticeship Preparation, Portland YouthBuilders, Oregon Tradeswomen and the Urban League of Portland.
Peralta Is In
The Peralta Community College District's (PCCD) Board of Trustees have signed a MOU to work with Emerald Cities Oakland on a college-wide energy efficiency retrofit project (special thanks to Peralta's Charles Neal and Trustee Guillen for championing). Emerald Cities Oakland director Tara Marchant, Tim Bankroff of Oakland Shines, and intern Victor Chu, have worked hard to input the PCCD benchmarking baselines into EPA's Energy Star portfolio manager. Together, PCCD and EC Oakland will review the scope of potential retrofit work, identify sources of financing, and negotiate a Community Workforce Agreement. The processes will incorporate community representatives and ensure that created retrofitting jobs will benefit disadvantaged Oakland residents. This is the third community college system to commit to a partnership, following the New Hampshire Community College System & the Community College of San Francisco. ECC's 23-campus Community College Sustainability Initiative will accelerate local sustainability efforts by greening campuses, integrating academic programs, creating high-wage jobs, and contributing faculty, staff, and institutional resources to develop green businesses and communities.


LA Regional Retrofit System
Los Angeles County is working to design and implement a regional energy services infrastructure. The Southern California Regional Energy Services Center will provide one-stop services for financing, contracting and procurement, and data collection and management for 55 cities in a five-county area. The initial focus is on retrofitting municipal and multi-family residential buildings with the potential for a more predicable system for retrofitting commercial and other institutional buildings. EC Los Angeles has taken a lead role in helping to build in "high road" elements, bringing a focus on workforce and economic development strategies that lead to high wage careers and stronger local regional economies. 
Jamdar Appointed To SF Public Utilities Commission
NAMC LogoOn May 16, Emerald Cities San Francisco Director Avni Jamdar was sworn into membership of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission Citizens Advisory Committee. Jamdar was appointed by San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee to serve as a representative of a "regional or statewide environmental group," and will be working alongside city leaders, building relationships and advancing the Emerald Cities mission. 


Perspective: SEIU Call To Action
ECC President Denise Fairchild
By Denise Fairchild
ECC Co-founder and Board Chair Gerry Hudson closed the 2012 SEIU National Convention on May 30th with a call for "A New Together." Rallying a boisterous crowd of more than 3,000 labor, church, and community leaders from across the country, Gerry elevated the founding vision of ECC. He called upon SEIU delegates to move beyond singular concerns about memberships, jobs, wages and benefits, and join the larger movement for human rights, including education, green and healthy communities, immigrant rights, affordable housing, and more. As SEIU pledges a new partnership with the 99% movement and local movements across the country, we at ECC, as leaders in making "A New Together" a reality, should recommit to our own vision that goes beyond green jobs. We also are working to rebuild the labor movement, re-engineer our local economies to be more sustainable, and mainstream marginalized communities.
Emerald Cities Cleveland was featured in an op-ed in the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Cleveland's major daily newspaper, on May 13. The article highlights EC Cleveland's partnership with Cuyahoga County to invest in the city, save energy and money, and create jobs. Read the article.


2012 Virtual Training Series

Our second Virtual Training Series on Organizational Development took place May 21 & 22. You can watch the recordings of all Trainings on our YouTube channel.


The next series is scheduled for June 4, 5, & 6, all at 3:30PM Eastern, on Policy & Utilities. 


ECC's Virtual Training Series is replacing last year's quarterly training sessions with two to three 60-minute webinar sessions each month. We anticipate full participation from our staff, local councils, board, and partners, as each session will be customized to meet city-specific needs and strengthen our capacity to implement major components of the high road retrofit development process. Our Virtual Training Series will utilize the expertise of guest presenters, including our high-caliber team of national subject matter experts, our board members, and industry professionals, to help navigate these critical topics. 


NAMC LogoEmerald Cities Collaborative congratulates Green For All
CEO Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins on motherhood and her new role as President of Green For All. We also welcome Kimberly Freeman Brown as interim executive director of Green For All.


June Virtual Trainings

Monday 6/4 at 3:30PM Eastern, Federal Policy

Tuesday 6/5 at 3:30PM Eastern, Utilities 101

Wednesday 6/6 at 3:30PM Eastern, Local Utility Policy


EC San Francisco

Meet & Greet

Thursday June 14

10AM - 12PM 

Bronze Investment Offices

543 Howard Street, 5th Floor

San Francisco, CA 94105 

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