Cleveland Mayor Jackson's Community Benefits Symposium
Cleveland Mayor JacksonOn August 3, Emerald Cities Cleveland, Partnership for Working Families, and Policy Matters Ohio participated in a labor-community session with Mayor Jackson, former Congressman Louis Stokes, and about 140 diverse attendees from the building trades, the black & latino community, the business community, environmental groups and the public sector. Loree Soggs of the Building Trades confirmed the Trades' national priorities and ability to provide an excellent foundation to partnership with Emerald Cities around retrofitting public buildings and meeting other community goals. Additionally, a lively panel discussion moderated by Councilman Terrell Pruitt featured ECC Board Member and Deputy Director of the Partnership for Working Families Kathleen Mulligan-Hansel, head of public works inspection for Los Angeles John Reamer, ECC Board Member and Special Assistant to the President of the AFL-CIO Building Trades Department Art Lujan, community organizer for Milwaukee Common Cause Jennifer Epps-Addison, and attorney with Partnership for Working Families Ben Beach. 


Warner Joins Clean Energy Bond Finance Initiative
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Kevin Warner, Vice President of Investments at Emerald Cities Collaborative, has been invited to participate in the Clean Energy + Bond Finance Initiative (CE+BFI), an innovative partnership that pairs clean energy with the power of bond financing institutions. CE+BFI works with institutional investors, public finance agencies and public clean energy fund managers across the country, finding ways to increase clean energy investment by between $5 billion and $20 billion in the next five years. To assist the CE+BFI in its mission, CDFA and CEG launched a national Task Force on Clean Energy Bond Finance. The Task Force includes over 50 representatives from the top public and private clean energy and development finance organizations throughout the country. 
Emerald Cities Endorses LEED
LEED Logo On July 24, members of Emerald Cities Collaborative joined the U.S. Green Building Council and over 1,250 organizations in a sign-on letter campaign  in support of the U.S. General Services Administration's continued use of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). LEED is the most widely used high-performance building rating system in the United States, and provides building owners and operators a concise framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions. 
Local Sustainability Fund Of Up To $75k
The Funders Network Logo In partnership with the Urban Sustainability Directors Network, the Funders' Network has begun Round Two of the Local Sustainability Matching Fund, created to catalyze partnerships between local government sustainability directors and local, place-based foundations, including community foundations, and to advance important community-based sustainability initiatives. The Fund will provide partnership investments between $25,000 and $75,000, with a 1:1 match required by one or more local foundations. The application deadline is October 1st. Apply today! 
Perspective: A Labor Of Love by Denise Fairchild

We mourn the end of summer with a celebration of Labor Day. The recognition and appreciation that we shower on the workers of America this weekend are more important today than have been for a long time. This 2012 election season is brewing a storm to divide America over jobs and the economy, hinting that one's race, class, and gender distinguish him or her as a worthy or unworthy American. The messages are as crystal clear as the battle lines: public employees vs. private sector workers; stay-at-home moms vs. working moms; white collar workers vs. blue collar workers; immigrant and black workers vs. all others. Does any one find this crazy? My recent visit to Mount Vernon and the slave memorial on the estate of George Washington brought Labor Day into real focus for me. It reminded me about what we should be remembering and celebrating: 1) that America was built on the backs, blood, sweat, and tears of immigrants of every race, gender, class and place of origin; 2) each of us, no matter our status in life, bring amazing talents, skill and capacities to the ingenuity that we call America; 3) that all work has dignity and value whether paid or unpaid; 4) that all work should be paid and paid well; and 5) that rugged individualism is not limited to a certain race or class because survival skills are inherent to all of us. Perhaps most of all, Labor Day makes me appreciate that we are all in this together. Let's commit this Labor Day to continue to fight for an inclusive society, a stronger (and better) democracy and a more perfect union. Happy Labor Day!

Technical Assistance From ACEEE
The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), in partnership with the Surdna Foundation, is offering technical assistance to Emerald Cities on energy efficiency policy, program implementation, working with local utilities, and accessing QECB. 
Report: Retrofitting Creates Thousands Of Good Jobs
As cities like Los Angeles, Seattle and Milwaukee are showing, policymakers have an opportunity to support good jobs through incentives for building owners to improve energy efficiency. As some of the largest real estate centers in the nation take up the "green" retrofitting of commercial buildings, a new briefing paper from the National Employment Law Project shows that these projects not only have the potential to improve energy efficiency, save money and help the environment - they are also powerful job creation tools.  
ECC Board Member Dana Bourland To JPB
ECC Board Member Dana Bourland is leaving Enterprise Community Partners and moving on to work as Program Director of the JPB Foundation, a New York-based national philanthropy, to lead its environmental grantmaking portfolio. The mission of the Foundation is "to enhance the quality of life in the United States through transformational initiatives that promote the health of communities," and one of the major areas of focus for the program is energy efficiency in low-income communities. We wish her all the best and look forward to maintaining a great relationship!


Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta recently featured EC Atlanta partner Deborah Scott as part of their monthly Community Development Partners Update. The article, Acting Locally, is part of a continuing interview series that spotlights important views from experts in the community and economic development field.

ECC Community Foundation Briefing

Tuesday, September 11
New Orleans, LA

Virtual Trainings

Community Engagement Series

Tuesday & Wednesday

September 18 & 19

both at 3:30PM Eastern

Mobilizing Around Retroffitng K-12 & Healthcare Institutions

ECC Local Councils Map