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ECC Joins More Than 450 Organizations, Individuals & Businesses Calling for 100% Renewable Energy in U.S.

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Following participation by ECC Vice President for Policy and Government Affairs Felipe Floresca on a panel, sponsored by Environment America, urging a shift to 100 percent renewable energy, ECC is among hundreds of signatories to a letter to Congress reiterating that call. Environment America works in 29 states to build a cleaner, greener, healthier future. The panel, held at Georgetown Un…

Jeremy Sigmon of USGBC Elected to ECC Board

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At its quarterly meeting in December, the ECC Board of Directors elected Jeremy Sigmon as a new member representing the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). As USGBC’s Director of Technical Policy, Sigmon oversees grassroots and grasstops advocacy networks across the United States. He focuses particularly on state and local policy initiatives that reference LEED (Leadership in Energy…

Portland Advocates Seek City Commitment to Community Benefits Agreement

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Advocates of equity and inclusion in municipal contracting in Portland, Ore., are cautiously optimistic that the city will follow its 2012 resolution and apply the Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) more widely following a successful pilot program that exceeded goals for diverse hiring and contracting on two Portland Water Bureau construction projects. “The CBA has been …

Oakland Supervisors Green-Light Community Choice Energy Program

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Community choice aggregation (CCA)  – a policy that allows cities and counties to pool residents’ and businesses’ demand for alternative, clean energy – has taken a significant step forward in the Bay Area. An October 4 vote by the Alameda County Board of Supervisors (BOS) gave the green light to create the East Bay Community Energy Program, which will provide …

Seattle City Council Approves ECC-Backed Energy Efficiency Resolution

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The Seattle City Council has unanimously approved a resolution encouraging owners of existing commercial buildings to voluntarily undertake energy efficiency improvements in order to reduce energy use and resulting carbon emissions. But if the pace of carbon reductions is not in line with those stated in the city’s 2013 Climate Action Plan (CAP), the Office of Sustainability (OSE) wi…

EC Oakland Sponsors ‘Living the Next Economy Convergence,’ Local & National ECC Staff Among Presenters

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Billed as the premier economic justice event of 2016 and inspired by the #BlackLivesMatter movement, the Living the Next Economy 2016 Convergence to be held October 21-23 at Oakstop in the heart of uptown Oakland will include presentations by EC Oakland Director Tara Marchant and ECC Vice President of Investment Services Kevin Warner. In addition, EC Oakland is among the organiza…

Organizing For Community Change

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ECC joined forces on September 15 with its Community Learning Partnership (CLP) project and with The Democracy Commitment to convene the nation’s leading organizing networks, progressive educators and foundations to design pathways into community-change careers.  “Thanks to support from the Ford and Gates Foundations, over 40 national leaders were able to come together …

ECC Welcomes SeMia Bray as Local Director in Cleveland

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ECC is excited to welcome SeMia Bray, a longtime advocate for equity and sustainability, as our new local director in Cleveland. She brings more than 20 years of senior management experience in the nonprofit, private and manufacturing sectors, where she has worked to advance a sustainable, resilient and equitable economy driven by safe, renewable energy.   “SeMia proved herself…

ECC Partners with DOE on Better Communities Alliance to Ignite Clean Energy Action in 60 U.S. Cities & Counties

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Announced by the White House during Smart Cities Week, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is launching the Better Communities Alliance (BCA), a groundbreaking collaborative effort among local governments, philanthropies, nonprofit organizations and leading private companies to accelerate local clean energy progress and leadership across the country. “We are proud that DOE has t…

The Kendeda Fund Awards Emerald Cities $1.2 Million Grant

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The Kendeda Fund, an Atlanta-based grantmaking foundation that invests in transformative leaders and ideas, has awarded ECC a two-year, $1.2 million grant that will support ECC’s local coalitions and enhance and scale two of our successful programs: RENEW Multi-family and Economic Inclusion.  RENEW Multi-family, a turn-key affordable housing energy and water retrofit program, r…

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