ECC LogoJUNE 2012
Sean McGarvey's Board Recommitment 
Sean McGarveySean McGarvey, newly appointed President of the Building Trades Construction Department, addressed the Emerald Cities Board on June 14, truly setting the tone for a remarkable commitment ahead after the passing of former President Mark Ayers. "The BCTD continues to stand foursquare behind this program," McGarvey stated. "Looking back and seeing what you've done and knowing that long after you're gone what you've built will still be there... that's an exciting thing, and I'm excited to be a part of this. I believe that we're set upon a path for growth in this industry which is going to accomplish and achieve the three main goals of Emerald Cities, and the building trades department maintains our commitment." 


1100 More Units In San Francisco
MHDCEmerald Cities San Francisco has expanded the Mission Housing Development Corporation retrofit project to cover over 40 buildings, totaling 1100 units with 2,650 residents. Financial and energy planning services are provided by Bronze Investments and the community workforce agreement originally negotiated by EC San Francisco will be expanded to cover the entire new phase of the project.
Seattle's Better Buildings Challenge
Washington Athletic ClubSeattle 2030 District, Community Power Works, Seattle Steam, and MacDonald Miller, are joining forces to develop Seattle's Better Buildings Challenge, which offers no-risk options for building owners to improve their buildings, complete with funding, energy performance agreements, and community workforce agreements (CWAs). The first completed project, the Washington Athletic Club, shows a 25% energy savings ($234k) per year and included a CWA for the hire of pre-apprenticeship graduates. There are several other major retrofit projects in the pipeline in Seattle, for all of which Emerald Cities Seattle is monitoring the CWAs to assure wage standards and community benefits. EC Seattle is also coordinating marketing and PR efforts, and developing a database that can be used for reporting and promoting the program.


Oregon's Energy Action Plan
Oregon State SealOn June 5th, Oregon Governor Kitzhaber released a 10-Year Energy Action Plan draft that lays out comprehensive strategies to align the state's economic objectives with its efficiency, renewable energy, transportation and carbon reduction goals. The draft plan, which will be open for a 60-day public review and comment period, emphasizes priorities that help deliver affordable and reliable energy while getting Oregonians back to work on energy-related projects across the state. Emerald Cities Portland is working with stakeholders to submit comments by July 30th.


DF2by Denise Fairchild

Engaging Community Colleges (CCs) in ECC's mission is a no brainer. Retrofitting these older, multi-building, multi-campus educational facilities significantly advances our efforts to "green our cities." ECC has already signed up 3 CC systems (representing 23 campuses) as partners to help implement their campus sustainability plans using high road principles and strategies. They are also important centers for training tomorrow's workforce in skills and competencies needed to "build sustainable communities," the second part of our three-tiered mission. These campuses offer of range of educational opportunities in building sciences and technologies, environmental sciences, and even environmental planning and organizing. But who would have thought that they are also taking center stage in our effort to "strengthen our democracy," the third leg of ECC's stool. ECC was an invited panelist to the joint conference of The Democracy Commitment and the American Democracy Project in San Antonio, Texas from June 7-9th. The convening, sponsored by the New York Times, involved two higher education initiatives of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (for CCs and 4 year institutions, respectively) to expand college programs committed to civic and community engagement. Colleges and Universities across the country assembled to find meaningful ways to: build college-community partnerships; to prepare students to be effective civic actors and not just economic actors (workers); and to engage the entire college community as catalysts for community change. This was a network of enlightened, energized and enthusiastic faculty, students and administrators. CCs are, without question, essential vehicles for institutionalizing the work of ECC and for building high road economies throughout the U.S.

ECC's New Finance & Investment Advisory Group
ECC is proud to announce a new group of Finance & Investment advisors, who proved during the first meeting their excitment about energy-related investing in the near future. Members are Trenton Allen of Sustainable Capital Advisors, Jennifer von Bismarck of Tow-Path Renewables, Deborah Nisson of Ullico, Leanne Tobias of Malachite LLC, Richard Weihe of Karbone, Tina Neal of Perseverance Capital Advisors LLC, Donald Gilligan of NAESCO, Joyce Ferris of Blue Hill Partners LLC, Ian Fischer of Clean Energy Solutions, Ted Chandler of AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust, and Daron Coates of Bronze Investments. The Group will meet on a quarterly basis and is available to advise ECC staff on specific project finance issues.
ProvidenceThe City of Providence has been awarded a $259,000 grant to create a sustainable energy plan, and Mayor Taveras has pledged to work with Emerald Cities Collaborative to study and set priorities for renewable energy investments and upgrades to public buildings. "Through creation of a sustainable energy plan, we will lower energy costs in the city's public buildings, reduce the city's carbon footprint and position Providence to grow jobs and compete in the green economy," said Sheila Dormody, Providence's Director of Sustainability and member of the Emerald Cities Providence local council. Read about it here.

SEE ActionBenchmarking and Disclosure: State and Local Policy Design Guide and Sample Policy Language, which has been published through DOE's Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy SEE Action Commercial Buildings Working Group, is now available. This guide is helpful for anyone considering rating and disclosure and the various policy options therein.


Enterprise Cost & Savings Report
Enterprise Green CommunitiesEnterprise Green Communities recently released their  Incremental Cost, Measurable Savings Updates report, to illustrate the cost effectiveness of the Enterprise Green Communities Criteria and outline the long-term benefits of green building methods. ECC Board Member Dana Bourland is Enterprise's Vice President of Green Initiatives and is featured in the report.

DOE Better Buildings Summit

June 26-27, 2012

Denver, Colorado

Residential Energy Efficiency Solutions

July 9-11, 2012

Arlington, Virginia 

ECC Local Councils Map