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Adetola Shabi ashabi@emeraldcities.org


Nationally, Emerald Cities advocates for federal and regional policies that support a high-road approach to creating more sustainable, just and democratic communities. Our Community Learning Partnership is developing a national network of equity-oriented climate justice advocates; our Water Caucus is working to address equitable access to clean water; our Energy Democracy and Electrification work advances equity in clean energy solutions; and our HRAMBI program is ensuring MWDBE businesses are equitably engaged in helping to build a more sustainable future.


The northwest is home to 2 of the original Emerald Cities, Portland and Seattle. Early achievements include Community Workforce Agreements in both cities that created career and business opportunities for BIPOC communities. ECC Northwest is active in community engagement in building electrification, policy making promoting equity in clean energy, workforce development and minority contractor development. It has had strong multi-sector support and collaboration with government, labor, business, environmental organizations, affordable housing owners and training providers.

Northern California

Emerald Cities Bay Area develops sustainable projects such as clean energy, green infrastructure, and food procurement, which aim to contribute to the resilience of the Bay Area while providing low-income communities of color with an equity stake in the green economy.

Southern California

EC Los Angeles is partnering with the LA County to pilot its Southern California Regional Energy Network (SoCalREN), which is developing energy efficiency financing and retrofit infrastructure to support 55 local government partners. Emerald Cities is providing workforce development and finance assistance.


Emerald Cities Northeast promotes projects and initiatives that center economy, equity, and environment primarily in Massachusetts and throughout New England. Based in Boston, MA the Northeast team has been a leader in efforts related to increasing workforce diversity, enhancing MWBE business capacity, promoting equitable building electrification and decarbonization, and building community climate resilience through engagement with anchor institutions.