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.
Employment & Contracting
Construction & Retrofitting
Workforce Development & Training
Trained in socially responsible green building and infrastructure development across seven cities.
Committed to a food processing facility that will employ a local, sustainable food economy through our Anchors in Resilient Communities (ARC) program.
Retrofitted green and healthy, multi-family housing for low-income families.
In energy efficiency, clean energy and green infrastructure contracts awarded to minority contractors.
700 MWOf high-road solar projects.
Number of disadvantaged workers enrolled into union apprenticeship programs.
Local workers placed into union jobs and use Black and Brown urban growers as suppliers.
High school students helped to earn industry credentials/ skills certificates; and helped over a dozen Latino students enroll in planning, environmental science and engineering programs.
Of negotiated ECC projects pay union or prevailing wages.
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.
Transitioning local economies from a low-road extraction model to a high-road sustainable one is no easy task. Thanks to the dedicated support of our funding partners, the Emerald Cities Collaborative has proven it can be done.