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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.


The E-Contractor Academy prepares small MWDBE businesses to compete for and perform energy efficiency retrofits in residential and commercial & industrial buildings; renewable energy projects; and green infrastructure projects. To request more information about the E-contractor academy please contact us here.