The Emerald City

What is an Emerald City? An Emerald City is a metropolitan area organized as a pathway to a high-road economy – a sustainable and just economy that offers:

  • Equitable access to the benefits of clean energy, particularly for low-income communities and communities of color;
  • Living-wage, career-path jobs in green building, with opportunities for training and advancement;
  • Local hiring for green building jobs/community workforce agreements;  
  • Opportunities for local minority, women, veteran and disabled contractors to compete for work in the clean-energy field.

An Emerald City also builds democracy and equity by offering opportunities for collaboration among community-based organizations, business, government and labor in creating economic opportunities for local residents and shaping the future of their community.

Emerald Cities Collaborative works in seven Emerald Cities and other target communities nationwide to create high-road, clean-energy economies and ensure equity inclusion.


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