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ECC Fetes Staff, Board, Supporters; Presents 2014 Awards

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ECC kicked off the holiday season with a festive reception for the national and local staff, partners around the country and board members at F. Scott’s in Washington, D.C.’s historic Georgetown neighborhood.

At its board meeting the following day, ECC recognized outstanding 2014 achievements by two local directors, one board member and one funder.

Emerald Cities Seattle, directed by Steve Gelb, received the 2014 Equity Award for its cutting-edge policy work, including a key role in fending off a proposed rate hike by Seattle City Light, the local electric utility; and leading a group of nonprofit housing developers that are retrofitting affordable housing units and promoting the ongoing creation of affordable housing in the Seattle metro area. Also noted was a contract award from the city to conduct a community benefit analysis for a proposed workforce program that would provide career opportunities for communities of color and women in connection with the utility’s energy efficiency incentives. 

Emerald Cities Cleveland, directed by Shanelle Smith, was the recipient of the 2014 Kill-A-Watt Award for “significant achievement in greening our cities.” In June, EC Cleveland launched RENEW (Retrofits for Energy Efficiency Works), a $1.9 million public-private partnership among EC Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority, Public Finance and Energy Advisors and Spectrum Energy Concepts. RENEW facilitated financing for the energy- and money-saving retrofits of public buildings in the nearby City of Seven Hills. The project will provide career-path jobs for an estimated 40 Cuyahoga County residents in energy efficiency and renewable energy while saving taxpayer dollars. In addition to City Hall, the “greened” buildings include the city’s recreation center, service garage and fire department.

Long-time ECC board member Dayna Cunningham, executive director of MIT CoLab, was honored with the 2014 Emerald Award for outstanding leadership in advancing ECC’s mission.

And the 2014 Foundation Award went to the Kendeda Fund for its deep commitment to building high-road economies. Fund Advisor Diane Ives, who accepted the award, was thanked and commended for being the first funder to pledge support to ECC at its inception – a bold move that encouraged other funders to follow suit – and for remaining a stalwart supporter as ECC nears its fifth anniversary.

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