Programs & Initiatives
EC Cleveland launched Retrofits for ENergy Efficiency Works at the City Club of Cleveland on June 29. RENEW provides financing, technical and project support for energy conservation measures (ECMs) in municipal, university, school, and hospital buildings. RENEW Cleveland-Cuyahoga is an exemplary public-private partnership among Emerald Cities Cleveland, Cuyahoga County Government, the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority, and Public Finance & Energy Advisors. (See ECC news story on RENEW launch.)
Collaborating with Common Good Ohio, GreenCityBlueLake, Environmental Health Watch and others EC Cleveland is advocating for Cuyahoga County to create an Advanced Energy Fund. The AEF would reduce our region’s carbon footprint, increase energy efficiency in multiple markets and create high quality jobs.
On December 17, 2013, Port of Cleveland voted to unanimously support RENEW by continuing to work cooperatively and in partnership with Emerald Cities Cleveland, Cuyahoga County Government and Public Finance & Energy Advisors with the goal of fully implementing the RENEW pilot program in 2013 as a conduit bond issuer.
Co-sponsored by the National Housing Trust, National Consumer Law Center, Enterprise Community Partners, Benningfield Group, and more than 30 local, regional and national stakeholders, the event focused on advocating for equitable resources for the multifamily housing sector. The session included presentations by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, U.S. Department of Energy, Ohio Department of Development, Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority and Ohio Partners for Affordable Energy. Participants agreed to work together to identify a set of regional policy priorities to create and sustain affordable, efficient, multifamily housing in Northeast Ohio.
SeMia Bray, MBA: Local Director
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Over the past 20 years, SeMia has held senior management positions in the nonprofit, private and manufacturing sectors, where she helped advance a successful transition to a sustainable, resilient and equitable economy driven by safe, renewable energy. Prior to joining ECC, SeMia was senior director of emerging programs and institutional advancement at the Urban League of Greater Cleveland, where she supported fundraising and implementation of new programs, including the Cuyahoga Small Business Development Center. She also helped develop the Minority Business Development Assistance Center serving Northeast Ohio and the pilot of Career Beginnings Environmental, an interactive youth development program that introduces young people to sustainable careers. For the 10 years prior, SeMia was in the manufacturing and private sectors, where she played a role in planning, implementing and/or monitoring of community development, workforce development and commercial architecture and design projects. In the private sector, Bray was directly responsible for the development, delivery and monitoring of a workforce development curriculum for a $4M project serving clients with barriers to employment. She also was a key contributor to numerous commercial architectural and design projects implemented in the Greater Cleveland area. SeMia currently serves as a member of the Alliance for Family Hope Board, the Cuyahoga Solar Co-Op Selection Committee and the Cleveland State University Center for the Urban Environment Advisory Board. She holds a master’s degree in organizational systems design from the Baldwin Wallace University (formerly Baldwin Wallace College) and a bachelor’s degree with a dual major in business administration and interior design from Ursuline College. She is also a graduate of Neighborhood Leadership Cleveland and the Northern Ohio Executive Leadership Institute. In 2016, SeMia was selected as a candidate for a national leadership program, designed to further develop leaders across the country.