ECC Recognized as Leader in Sustainability, Diversity, Green Economy At Recent ‘Urban America Forward’ Convening


ECC was recently singled out as the leading model in sustainability, diversity and the green economy by the University of Chicago’s Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture. The recognition came in the printed program for the center’s recent Urban America Forward national conference in Washington, D.C., which included ECC as the sole exemplar in the sustainability arena. Each of the other 11 featured topics – such as Dismantling Urban Poverty, Infrastructure Equity and Building a Culture of Health and Healthy Communities – listed up to a half dozen models.

The March 4 gathering drew more than 100 civil rights advocates from academia, philanthropy and the nonprofit sector – including ECC Vice President of Policy and Government Affairs Felipe Floresca – for a conversation about race, equity, and politics.

“It was a privilege to attend the University of Chicago’s Urban Forward America conference and along with so many inspiring and accomplished civil rights activists,” Floresca commented. “In such distinguished company, it also was a huge honor for ECC to be held up as the model in the sustainability, diversity and green economy arena.”

Sponsored by the Ford, Kresge and W.K. Kellogg Foundations and The Atlantic Philanthropies, the conference was the culmination of the center’s Urban America Forward program, which previously included a series of civil rights roundtables promoting future-oriented, evidence-based approaches for addressing inequalities experienced by historically marginalized groups in urban and metropolitan areas.


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