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 Manager of Policy & Community Engagement provides leadership and support for advancing the development of local and state policies that put low-income, Black, Indigenous and communities of color at the front of the transition to a clean energy economy.
If interested please forward resume and cover letter to Avni Jamdar, firstname.lastname@example.org – Emerald Cities Collaborative, San Francisco Bay Area Regional Director. Open until filled.
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.
Emerald Cities Collaborative is pleased to announce that, after an extensive national search, we have selected Meishka L. Mitchell, AICP, PP, as our new President and CEO.
This position, Economic Inclusion Manager: Construction Project Pipelines, will have lead responsibility for successfully connecting contractors to pipelines of projects and helping them to win work by identifying core business capacities necessary to win bids and promoting partnerships with larger contracting firms for teaming agreements. The position will be based in the Bay Area.
2021 was a year of many contradictions. Island Press Urban Resilience Project (URP) celebrated our collective progress, while highlighting how far we have yet to go in a new e-book, Resilience Matters: Opportunities for Action to Strengthen Communities. This book is available at no cost and features the article, “To Truly Build Back Better, We Need a Justice 100 Solution” by Denise Fairchild along with many other op-eds, and interviews from likeminded individuals and orgs committed to a greener future. Check it out!
The ARC Program Director is a leadership position at Emerald Cities Collaborative with primary responsibility for managing the Anchors in Resilience Communities (ARC) program in the San Francisco Bay Area Region, providing support to all the sectors that ARC works in and can expand to, including Regional Food Systems, clean energy (construction and building retrofits) water, food waste, policy, etc . The position will report directly to the EC Bay Area Regional Director.
This Guidebook represents another step in President Biden’s effort to help your Senators, your teams, and the communities you represent, know the funding opportunities made available by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law: what to apply for, who to contact, and how to get ready to rebuild. Our goal is for communities all across America to use this information to take better advantage of the opportunity the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law presents.
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