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Emerald Cities Hires National Economic Inclusion Director

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Please welcome Sarah Robinson to ECC’s national team. Sarah, a LEED-certified project manager experienced in sustainable residential construction, has been hired as Emerald Cities Collaborative’s first Economic Inclusion Director. She will work out of ECC’s national office in Washington, D.C., beginning January 19, 2016.

Robinson will lead and support national and field staff in implementing policies, models and programs that advance ECC’s high-road agenda. She will have a particular focus on ECC’s mission of “building our communities” by creating family-wage careers, business opportunities and community wealth and ensuring labor and community standards.

Robinson most recently worked in Washington, D.C., at GCS Inc. as an assistant project manager and at Urban Green LLC as a development associate. At GCS she collaborated with engineers, architects and contractors on design build civic projects, provided site supervision and managed LEED construction criteria for project certification. At Urban Green she assisted with planning, pre-development and construction of sustainable residences; produced presentations and marketing materials detailing projects for community engagement; and participated in the design process.

In her work with DC Sustainable Energy Utility, Robinson served as liaison to customers and contractors during project implementation and reviewed contractor’s work plan submittals. She also developed strategic partnerships with the local government, businesses, nonprofits, energy committees and neighborhood groups.

As an undergraduate student, Robinson worked directly with engineers, architects and programmers to design a prototype for an innovative greenhouse and urban grid network to be used for urban farming and sustainable energy generation in low-income neighborhoods in Syracuse.

 “We are excited to welcome Sarah Robinson as ECC’s first economic inclusion director,” said ECC President and CEO Denise Fairchild. “Sarah’s educational background, professional experience and personal commitment to building a high-road, sustainable and just economy will make her a valuable addition to our staff and a valuable resource for our local directors and partners.”

Robinson has a Bachelor of Science degree in bioengineering from Syracuse University and a Master of Science degree in engineering and technology management from The George Washington University. She is a board member of the U.S. Green Building Council - National Capital Region Chapter (USGBC-NCR) and an advisor to USGBC's Global Community Engagement Collaborative.

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