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.
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.
Completed energy, green building courses and industry certifications
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.
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.
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.
In community organizing co-sponsored with the Community Learning Partnership preparing the next generation of community change agents through experiential learning and credentials.
Of ECC projects pay union or prevailing wages.
In energy efficiency, clean energy and green infrastructure contracts have been awarded to MWDBE contractors as a result of ECC leadership.
Established to help affordable housing developers audit, finance, and retrofit their buildings to be energy and water efficient in San Francisco, Seattle and Boston.
Completed E-Contractor Academy
Successfully passed In building electrification, building performance standards local, net metering, water affordability working in local and national coalitions
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.
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.
Custom designed and sponsor 2 industry certified skills training programs in HVAC and operating engineers to connect BIPOC residents to green building careers
Entered union apprenticeship programs
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.
The Barr Foundation Report released An Assessment of the Clean Energy Workforce in New England. The report explores how to expand equitable access to clean energy jobs in New England. Emerald Cities conducted this research in six metropolitan areas with partners Browning the Green Space, nomada consulting and Ponder Analytics. BW Research conducted the labor market analysis. The report highlights the importance of connectivity among community-based organizations, workforce development organizations, apprenticeship programs and employers to create high-road career pathways for individuals from justice-impacted communities.
Join our team as The Senior Economic Inclusion Manager! In this pivotal role, you’ll be at the forefront of pioneering workforce programs, including our Electrical Pathways initiative, while also providing astute guidance to existing programs that champion Emerald Cities Collaborative’s mission of fostering family wage careers and empowering BIPOC communities through clean energy, affordable housing, and transformative infrastructure projects. Apply now!
Join our team as an Economic Inclusion Manager! Make a lasting impact by championing equity, forging collaborations, and driving positive change in the community. The Economic Inclusion Manager will be responsible for assisting in the launch of our BIPOC Contractor Initiative of BEPS. Discover an opportunity to shape an inclusive future. Apply now!
Join us in collaborating with ECC’s Contractor Development Working Group to develop a national strategy and business plan for a comprehensive MWDBE support program and platform. Together, we can promote high-road minority contracting in the clean energy retrofit spaces nationwide. This national business plan will serve as a guiding light for ECC’s national office, outlining strategies to support multiple geographic areas across the United States. It will identify key partners, develop advisory and capacity-building services, and create entry points into new market opportunities.
Are you ready to make a lasting impact on cities nationwide? We are seeking a visionary Strategic Planning Consultant to join Emerald Cities, a trailblazing nonprofit organization dedicated to sustainability and equity. If you possess a passion for driving strategic initiatives and a burning desire to create vibrant, equitable communities, this is the opportunity you’ve been waiting for! Apply now to be at the forefront of urban transformation and help shape the future of our cities!
The Project Management Intern (Intern) is a summer internship position based in Massachusetts. In this role, you would be part of a diverse program implementation team. You will report to the Community Engagement and Policy Manager and collaborate closely with other program managers at Emerald Cities. You’ll join the team at an exciting time as we work toward further developing our regional strategy for enhancing our civic engagement and economic inclusion work. The role will be a great mix of high-level strategic thinking, detailed analysis, and getting out into the field to meet with local partners directly. The Intern will provide strategic support for existing projects focused on prioritizing low-income and BIPOC communities in the transition to a clean energy economy.
The Emerald Connections Program is a community-centered weatherization & healthy homes pilot which will be launched in one community within Essex County. It will deliver 60 comprehensive energy retrofits, including climate and health mitigation strategies.
We will select one community-based organization (CBO) or coalition serving a community that has been burdened by high energy costs and impacted by poor housing quality & health issues.
Submission deadline: Friday, March 10, 2023
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