San Francisco

Programs & Initiatives

On February 1, 2018, EC San Francisco is launching the E-Contractor Academy, a seven-week training program for small and minority contractors to perform energy efficiency and renewable energy retrofit projects across the San Francisco/ Bay Area
The San Francisco Bay Area E-Contractor Academy is sponsored by an AHEAD program grant from the Federal Home Loan Bank. It is our first in the Bay Area, offering small, minority, disadvantaged, women and veteran contractors training on green infrastructure topics on energy efficiency, solar and battery storage, electric vehicle charging stations, as well as getting certified, bonding, local hire and PLA compliance, business and cashflow management. Contractors can enroll now through January 15, 2018, at our website

Emerald Cities San Francisco is in the process of building and deploying RENEW Multi-family, a program that provides a comprehensive approach to achieving energy and water efficiency savings in multi-family rental housing serving low- and moderate-income residents. EC San Francisco will launch the program in San Francisco County, with rapid expansion to other Bay Area counties. EC San Francisco is now driving the data collection and project scoping for affordable housing buildings with on-bill repayment (OBR) for energy and water upgrades in San Francisco for Asian Neighborhood Design and Chinatown CDC. 

EC San Francisco and Mission Housing Development Corporation (MHDC) successfully implemented a $700K pilot retrofit of four multi-family properties. The four MHDC properties were selected by the San Francisco Mayor's Office of Housing to participate in their Green Retrofit Initiative.

EC San Francisco convened negotiations between MHDC, the Building & Construction Trades Council, the Laborers' Union, CityBuild, and other community-based organizations to craft Community Workforce Agreement (CWA) that ensures union jobs for all the work, and community benefits to promote the participation of disadvantaged San Francisco residents in apprenticeship positions, and pathways into union apprenticeship programs.  As a result of the project, eight journey-level jobs and two apprentice jobs were created; of whom six were local SF residents.


Avni Jamdar: Regional Director, SF Bay Area

1028A Howard Street | San Francisco, CA 94103

E | T 510-734-6237

About Avni

Avni joined Emerald Cities in 2011, and she manages the collaborative of stakeholders, advances energy efficiency project opportunities, and facilitates community workforce agreement negotiations and implementation. She also leads the RENEW Multifamily program for the San Francisco Bay Area. Avni also holds the staff seat on ECC's Board of Directors.


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