People's Justice40+ Playbook
We are excited to announce the initial launch of the People’s Justice40+ Community Benefit Playbook! Click below to view the resources.
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The Just Transition Powerforce
We are excited to announce the initial launch of the Just Transition Powerforce a collaborative of environmental, finance, energy, workforce, and climate justice leaders Click below to view the resources.
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Clean Energy
ECC takes a comprehensive, high-road approach to helping communities develop and implement cost-saving clean energy and solutions.
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Water & Food
Food is every society’s “first economy.” Our work includes policy and project development to leverage the assets and capacities of large, place-based institutions.
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Community Climate Resilience
Communities can withstand or rebound from climate disruption when they have access to regional, community-owned networks for critical needs.
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Participatory Democracy & Climate Justice
ECC develops multi-stakeholder coalitions to advance a high-road agenda that is inclusive, accountable and equitable.
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Our Mission

The Emerald Cities Collaborative (ECC) pursues a high-road approach to greening our cities, building resilient regional economies and strengthening our democracy. By building cross-sector collaborations, acutely focused on those historically left out of the economic and community development process, we help communities unleash their capacity to build high-road economies that are more sustainable, economically just and democratic.

Our Impact

System Reform

Program/Project Development

Community Impact

6 Title I High Schools

In South/Southeast Los Angeles County now have a community college STEAM experiential learning program spearheaded by ECC to create pathways for underrepresented students into architecture, engineering, construction, and environmental careers.  

360 Title 1 high school students

Completed energy, green building courses and industry certifications 

$250 B

Invested to develop high-road energy efficiency, water and solar projects thanks to ECC leadership. Includes 17 government buildings, two water infrastructure projects and over 20 affordable housing projects.  

1 Place-based Community Resilience Project

Initiated and co-sponsor a multi-stakeholder collaborative to leverage the buying power of Anchor institutions with community assets to invest in community climate resilience initiatives.

$20 M

Sustainable food processing facility spearheaded by ECC in the San Francisco Bay Area will employ 150 local workers into union jobs and worker cooperative, and utilize Black and Brown urban growers as suppliers.  

12 Community College Training Programs

In community organizing co-sponsored with the Community Learning Partnership preparing the next generation of community change agents through experiential learning and credentials.

80%

Of ECC projects pay union or prevailing wages.  

$19 M

In energy efficiency, clean energy and green infrastructure contracts have been awarded to MWDBE contractors as a result of ECC leadership.

3 RENEW Affordable Housing Programs

Established to help affordable housing developers audit, finance, and retrofit their buildings to be energy and water efficient in San Francisco, Seattle and Boston.

260 MWDBE

Completed E-Contractor Academy

Energy & Water Equity Policies

Successfully passed In building electrification,  building performance standards local, net metering, water affordability working in local and national coalitions

Our Impact

System Reform

Program/Project Development

Community Impact

6 Title I High Schools

In South/Southeast Los Angeles County now have a community college STEAM experiential learning program spearheaded by ECC to create pathways for underrepresented students into architecture, engineering, construction, and environmental careers.  

$250 B

Invested to develop high-road energy efficiency, water and solar projects thanks to ECC leadership. Includes 17 government buildings, two water infrastructure projects and over 20 affordable housing projects.  

$20 M

Sustainable food processing facility spearheaded by ECC in the San Francisco Bay Area will employ 150 local workers into union jobs and worker cooperative, and utilize Black and Brown urban growers as suppliers.  

$19 M

In energy efficiency, clean energy and green infrastructure contracts have been awarded to MWDBE contractors as a result of ECC leadership.

260 MWDBE

Completed E-Contractor Academy

10 High Road Policies

Organized and implemented labor and community standards – community workforce agreements, community benefit agreements, local hire and local procurement – within public and private sector policies and projects in LA County, San Francisco, Oakland, Seattle, Portland, Chicago, Boston, and Cleveland/Cuyahoga County that connect hundreds of thousands  low-income residents to high wage careers.

5 Contractor Training Programs

Custom designed and conduct 7-12 week green building training and coaching programs for small and minority, women, veteran and disadvantaged contractors in LA County, San Francisco, Seattle, Portland and Cleveland. 

360 Title 1 high school students

Completed energy, green building courses and industry certifications 

1 Place-based Community Resilience Project

Initiated and co-sponsor a multi-stakeholder collaborative to leverage the buying power of Anchor institutions with community assets to invest in community climate resilience initiatives.

12 Community College Training Programs

In community organizing co-sponsored with the Community Learning Partnership preparing the next generation of community change agents through experiential learning and credentials.

80%

Of ECC projects pay union or prevailing wages.  

3 RENEW Affordable Housing Programs

Established to help affordable housing developers audit, finance, and retrofit their buildings to be energy and water efficient in San Francisco, Seattle and Boston.

Energy & Water Equity Policies

Successfully passed In building electrification,  building performance standards local, net metering, water affordability working in local and national coalitions

2 Skills Workforce Training programs

Custom designed and sponsor 2 industry certified skills training programs in HVAC and operating engineers to connect BIPOC residents to green building careers 

204 disadvantaged youth

Entered union apprenticeship programs

Our Work

ECC has proven that multi-stakeholder, intersectional models work. Whether your goal is to create more opportunities for underrepresented contractors, workers and youth to participate in sustainable development projects; or you seek to engage anchor institutions in local climate resilience efforts; or you need help building an inclusive local corps of environmental/ climate/economic justice advocates, ECC offers programs that can help guide your community along the high road.

What's New?

We’re excited to announce the R2E2 initiative!

Growing our energy efficiency workforce is critical to scaling up efforts to make homes healthier, safer, and more efficient. But, according to a 2020 @NASEO – National Association of State Energy Officials – report, 80% of energy efficiency professional and business services employers had difficulty hiring new employees.

By focusing on equitable workforce development and inclusive procurement practices, the Residential Retrofits for Energy Equity (R2E2) initiative aims to overcome barriers to affordable housing energy upgrades and achieve the workforce we need to do the work, while keeping jobs in the communities where the upgrades take place.

Open Position: The Workforce Development Program Manager – Northeast

The Workforce Development Program Manager – Northeast Region will implement policies, models and programs that advance Emerald Cities Collaborative’s mission with a focus on workforce development and creating business opportunities and community wealth for black and brown communities by leveraging investments in clean energy, affordable housing, and other infrastructure projects. Specifically, this position will focus on providing access for and supporting the development and growth of BIPOC business enterprises.

Browning the Green Space Founding Coalition Member Announcement

ECC’s Northeast branch just joined #TeamBGS as a founding coalition member! We believe in a just transition and made commitments to advance DEIJ as a founding coalition member with Browning the Green Space.

Join us – and the 34 other founding coalition members – in 2023 to pledge your commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice. Learn all about how your organization can be a part of an accountable community for learning and growth.

Sounding the Call for Community-Led Climate Justice Policies for Buildings and Beyond

“Rather than being in a position of revising a predetermined policy approach for buildings, what if frontline communities had the support to build policies and programs for systemic change from the start?” -Mandy Lee. Check out this blog by Senior Program Manager, Mandy Lee, and learn more about some of the work we are engaging in to increase access to resources among frontline communities, while enhancing community power to advance climate equity and justice.

Open Position: The Community Engagement and Policy Manager – Northeast

The Community Engagement and Policy Manager – Northeast is a management level position based in Massachusetts. The Manager provides leadership and support for advancing the community engagement and development of state and local policies that put low-income, Black, Indigenous and communities of color at the front of the transition to a clean energy economy.

Open Position: The Community Engagement and Policy Manager – Northeast

The Community Engagement and Policy Manager – Northeast is a management level position based in Massachusetts. The Manager provides leadership and support for advancing the community engagement and development of state and local policies that put low-income, Black, Indigenous and communities of color at the front of the transition to a clean energy economy.

LAUNCH Emerald Cities’ Emergent Communities Capacity Building (ECCB) Program

Emerald Cities is excited to announce the launch of our Emergent Communities Capacity Building (ECCB) Program. This year-long program is for BIPOC or frontline communities who are recently/newly incorporating energy, energy systems analysis and energy democracy into their intersectional justice lens.This is an opportunity to take the work deeper through a small grants program, community learning, as well as organizational and financial technical support. The ECCB program will support communities who may also want to leverage the Justice40 initiative through the lens of Energy Democracy.

Testimonials

Joel Rogers, J.D., PhD.
COWS Director, University of Wisconsin & Co-Chair, ECC Board
“In 2009, our idea of a high-road economy was considered “interesting,” but untested. We spent a year building the vision and the partnerships, and the next decade turning our vision into action. Today, we have proven models of multi-sector collaboration focused on creating a more sustainable, equitable and democratic future.”
Sunia Zaterman
Executive Director, Council of Large Public Housing Authorities (CLPHA)
“[ECC] brings together a wide array of sectors to solve the problems of greening our cities, building our communities, and of economic justice.”
Gerald (Gerry) Hudson
SEIU Secretary-Treasurer and Co-Chair, ECC Board
“We are excited to see the growth of this vision and movement toward an equitable, clean economy. It is this dynamism and our results to date that inspire us to head confidently into the next decade.”