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.
National Programs and Initiatives
The field of HVAC/R is experiencing a regional worker shortage affecting residential indoor comfort companies, commercial mechanical companies, property managers, and other firms that employ HVAC/R technicians/mechanics and building engineers. Meanwhile, the HVAC/R field generally lacks significant gender and racial diversity. The ECC HVAC/R Training & Career Preparation Academy creates opportunities in the HVAC/R trade for women, veterans, low-income individuals and BIPOC community members. The academy, designed to fit in with full time work, is a 12 week program consisting of evening lectures and weekend laboratory sessions. It is ideal for those looking to start a new career in residential and small commercial HVAC, or building operations, to support growth within an HVAC/R or maintenance job, to introduce HVAC as a potential business start-up, and to provide a path to apprenticeship.
Program Manager: Winnie Wakaba
For more information about work being done in the region, feel free to reach out to the National team.