San Francisco

Programs & Initiatives

Emerald Cities San Francisco (ECSF) is in the process of building and deploying RENEW Multi-Family, a program that provides a comprehensive approach to achieving energy and water efficiency savings in multi-family rental housing serving low- and moderate-income residents. ECSF will launch the program in San Francisco County, with rapid expansion to other Bay Area Counties. ECSF is now driving the data collection and project scoping for affordable housing buildings with On-Bill Repayment for energy and water upgrades in San Francisco for Asian Neighborhood Design and Chinatown CDC. 

In 2012, ECSF and Mission Housing Development Corporation (MHDC) successfully implemented a $700K pilot retrofit of four multi-family properties. The four MHDC properties were selected by the San Francisco Mayor's Office of Housing to participate in their Green Retrofit Initiative.

EC SF convened negotiations between MHDC, the Building & Construction Trades Council, the Laborers' Union, CityBuild, and other community-based organizations to craft Community Workforce Agreement (CWA) that ensures union jobs for all the work, and community benefits to promote the participation of disadvantaged San Francisco residents in apprenticeship positions, and pathways into union apprenticeship programs.  As a result of the project, eight journey-level jobs and two apprentice jobs were created; of whom six were local SF residents.


ECSF has 19 members on our steering committee and 29 member organizations. 


Avni Jamdar: Local Director

2325 Third Street | Unit 344 | San Francisco, CA 94107

E | T 510-734-6237

About Avni

Avni joined Emerald Cities in 2011, and she manages the collaborative of stakeholders, advances energy efficiency project opportunities, and facilitates community workforce agreement negotiations and implementation. In May 2012, she was appointed by San Francisco Mayor Lee to the Citizens Advisory Committee of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC). She now serves as Vice-Chair on the committee tasked with providing recommendations to the SFPUC General Manager and the Board of Supervisors regarding the agency's long-term strategic, financial and capital improvement plans around water, wastewater and municipal power services. Prior to joining Emerald Cities, Avni worked as a Policy and Research Analyst at PolicyLink, where she helped inform the organization’s state and federal workforce policy agenda. She has authored reports and policy briefs on topics including equitable economic growth, regional equity, transit-oriented development, and community development. Avni also spent five years as founder and owner of a fair-trade apparel company, Suutra. Avni holds a master's degree in city planning from the University of California, Berkeley, and a diploma in architecture from the Center for Environmental Planning and Technology in Ahmedabad, India.

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