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EC Cleveland Director Shanelle Smith Appointed Cuyahoga County’s 1st Deputy Sustainability Director

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Washington, D.C., February 3, 2015 – Emerald Cities Cleveland Local Director Shanelle Smith will be the inaugural deputy director of Cuyahoga County’s new Department of Sustainability. As head of EC Cleveland since August 2010, Smith was instrumental in building consensus among diverse community and civic leaders around the goals of sustainable economic development and creation…

ECC Videos Provide Insights on ‘High-Road’ to Climate Resilience for Low-Income Neighborhoods

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Washington, D.C., December 17, 2014 – Emerald Cities Collaborative (ECC) has released a new video series providing insights into the pressing issue of climate resilience in low-income communities.  Giving Voice to CommunitiesThe eight-part series draws on presentations at ECC’s forum, The High Road to Climate Resilience in American Cities, whose overriding theme was that …

ECC to EPA: State 111(d) Plans Must Ensure Environmental Equity for Low-Income Neighborhoods

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Washington, D.C., December 2, 2014 – State plans for reducing carbon emissions must ensure equity for low-income communities of color, the Emerald Cities Collaborative (ECC) said in comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on proposed regulations for section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act. EPA and numerous advocacy organizations have documented that each year, polluti…

Crain’s Cleveland Business Names Emerald Cities Cleveland Director Shanelle Smith to ‘40 Under 40’

Washington, D.C., August 8, 2014 – The Emerald Cities Collaborative (ECC) is proud to announce that 30-year-old Shanelle Smith, local director for Emerald Cities (EC) Cleveland, has been selected by Crain’s Cleveland Business to its “40 Under 40” list for 2014.  Crain’s says the awards honor outstanding achievements by young professionals throughout…

Emerald Cities Collaborative Brings Diversity to Environmental Movement

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ECC Comment on “The State of Diversity in Environmental Organizations” by University of Michigan Professor Dorceta Taylor for Green 2.0 Washington, D.C., August 6, 2014 – Unlike many U.S. organizations in the environmental arena, the Emerald Cities Collaborative (ECC) not only boasts a diverse staff but also is dedicated to ensuring that low-income communities of co…

ECC Statement on White House Report: The Cost of Delaying Action to Stem Climate Change

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Washington, DC, July 29, 2014 – Emerald Cities Collaborative President and CEO Denise Fairchild released the following statement on the new White House report, The Cost of Delaying Action to Stem Climate Change: “We applaud the White House Council on Economic Advisers for acknowledging that the longer our nation delays acting on climate change, the more dearly we will pay R…

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