Guidelines for Maximizing the Benefits of Federal Investments in Buildings

This guide was created by Elevate, Building Electrification Institute, Emerald Cities Collaborative, the Greenlining Institute, Greenlink Analytics, Rising Sun Center for Opportunity, and NRDC to provide a starting point for state policy makers and climate teams that are designing programs that will benefit from IRA and IIJA funding. With this direction, we hope to support programs that are equity-driven and co-created with the communities they aim to serve.

Access To Clean Energy Jobs: Expanding Opportunities

An Assessment of the Clean Energy Workforce in New England Prepared for the Barr Foundation in 2023 by: Emerald City Collaborative (ECC) Browning the Green Space nomada consulting Ponder Analytics BW Research.

The Equity Pledge & Implementation Guidance For Renewable Energy Developers & Investors

The Equity Pledge & Implementation Guidance for Renewable Energy Developers & Investors is a comprehensive roadmap that is rooted in a justice-centered framework, and grounded in core principles that resonate with and benefit local communities on the front lines of environmental racism and economic injustice.

Connect To Build: Frontline Organizations And Federal Infrastructure Funding Opportunities

Frontline organizations with commitments to transforming the housing landscape, building transportation equity and achieving environmental justice have a tremendous amount of wisdom to share about how to make use of public dollars.

Anchor-Community Engagement Workbook

The community engagement workbook is a living document that you will use as you learn and apply community engagement strategies. Think of this as your guide to creating a meaningful partnership with the city or community in which you work and live. The strategy you come up with will be unique to the local environment and your community goals.

Community Resilience: A Community Engagement Primer For Health Professionals

This primer is a companion guide to the Anchor-Community Engagement Workbook and is part of an on-going series of case studies and reports highlighting best practices, lessons learned and models for creating community resilience-- health, wealth and climate resilience -- through anchor community strategies. The community resilience frame addresses the legacy of health and economic vulnerabilities of low wealth communities, but also climate change as a threat multiplier to already vulnerable communities.

Winning On Climate: Case Studies Of Cities Centering Economic Inclusion

This paper discusses principles that can guide the development of equitable climate policy, then presents case studies of cities across the country that have integrated equity into climate action. Examples from Boston, Portland, Denver, D.C., Minneapolis, and Oakland demonstrate how cities can begin to make equity a fundamental part of any climate policy.

Winning On Climate: Case Studies Of Cities Centering Economic Inclusion Presentation

This slide deck serves as a tool to help better navigate the Winning on Climate Report.

High-Road Workforce Guide For City Climate Action

This guide provides a strategic framework for folding workforce development into city climate plans. Through a coordinated set of policy actions and program design principles, city sustainability staff can support high-road workforce development. This approach ensures cities will be able to engage a qualified local workforce to meet increasingly challenging climate goals, while also directly addressing racial equity in their workforce programs.

Seattle’s Energy Efficient Building Operations & Construction Industries Workforce Report

The Seattle Jobs Initiative report on the Construction and Building Operations workforce in the Seattle area has been commissioned by Emerald Cities and Seattle City Light to assess this workforce’s state. This report provides an overview of the most relevant occupations in the sustainable Construction and Building Operations sectors and the different training programs available for each occupation.

Inclusive Procurement & Contracting

This study, commissioned by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, surveys the current landscape on inclusive procurement and contracting policies and practices in the infrastructure and construction industries. The goal is to specifically determine how to best position minority-owned, women-owned, and disadvantaged businesses (MWDBEs) to effectively compete for large-scale construction projects in these industries.

Equity & Buildings: A Practical Framework

This document is intended to provide practical guidance that will help local governments center equity within their policies and planning for the built environment. The purpose of this framework is to foster stronger relationships between and provide some shared language for local government staff, community-based organizations (CBOs), and national nonprofits to address equity.

Building Electrification

ECC’s Building Electrification Equity (The BEE) Project was a 6-month organizing and planning process to engage and inform the environmental and climate justice community on the building electrification movement, and to ensure equity issues and strategies are incorporated in state and local policies. This report summarizes the results of a series of webinars, and an in-person convening of environmental justice and energy democracy advocates and practitioners.

Celebrating a Decade of Progress

This 10th Anniversary report celebrates the Emerald Cities Collaborative’s trailblazing first decade of building high-road energy, food and water infrastructure in pursuit of its mission to create a more sustainable and just economy. The report offers real-world stories of ECC partnerships and models in action across the United States. A must-read for those seeking a clear understanding of how ECC’s high-road model works. The Emerald Cities Collaborative (ECC) envisions high-road regional economies that are more sustainable, economically just and democratic. This 10-year retrospective report provides an overview of ECC’s mission, how we approach our work, what we’ve achieved and learned over the past decade and what we envision for the future.

LA County Apprenticeship Resource Guide

This Apprenticeship Resource Guide is made available to you by the Southern California Regional Energy Network (SoCalREN) workforce development pilot program administered by the County of Los Angeles in partnership with the Emerald Cities Collaborative. The SoCalREN is a local government regional energy network pilot program serving SCE and SCG service areas. The program will achieve greater energy savings during the development and implementation of local energy sustainability programs by providing local government agencies with technical assistance, project management, and financing to execute energy efficiency retrofit projects in their facilities.

Energy Democracy Flipbook

Designed as a companion to the book Energy Democracy: Advancing Equity in Clean Energy Solutions (by Denise Fairchild and Al Weinrub), this flipbook further advances a framework for radical shifts and meaningful change in our energy democracy. The framework allows communities to evaluate the state of their local energy economy and then, through a series of prompts emphasizing reparation, regeneration and reinvestment, invites them to design a new, healthier vision for the future of their energy economy.

Energy Democracy Scorecard

This scorecard is a companion resource to the book: Energy Democracy: Advancing Equity in Clean Energy Solutions, by Denise Fairchild and Al Weinrub. It is designed to help community leaders organize to advance policies and projects that sustain the goals of energy democracy — in their communities, towns, cities or counties, states, regions — and, ultimately, the national perspective on our energy system.

Pathways to a High-Road Economy Infographic

Having trouble imagining what a high-road approach to a more sustainable just future looks like? This infographic offers a visually compelling, detailed roadmap for what it takes to evolve from a low-road extractive economy to one that is healthier, more equitable and climate resilient.

Latino Communities at Risk

Many Latino families face serious health risks caused by air pollution.These health risks are caused by pollution from industrial facilities that are often located in the areas where Latino families live. This report sheds light on the health impacts many Latino communities face from oil and natural gas production, processing, and transmission facilities. These communities already face high levels of pollution from various sources, and the added health threats from oil and gas development exacerbate their problems.

Food Value Chain Assessment

The ARC assessment highlights the current assets, gaps, barriers, and opportunities in the local food value chain of the San Francisco Bay Area to inform institutions at the table of strategic actions they can take to realize ARC’s interconnected goals. The project will coordinate activities to foster an ecosystem of locally-owned enterprises, sustainable food producers, local food aggregators, processors and distributors that can meet Northern California institutions’ demand for healthy, sustainable and local foods in ways that also deliver health and wealth to communities of color and low income people in the Bay Area.


People's Utility Justice Playbook

In order to fight the industry-owned utilities’ tactics, we need our own strategies for combat! We have our very own playbook sourced from energy justice activists on the ground. They suggest strategies and tactics they employ when fighting against utilities that anyone fighting against utilities could use!

A People’s History of Utilities

Electric utilities have expanded into almost every aspect of our lives to become one of the most powerful and concentrated industries on Earth. To have a better understanding of what we’re fighting against, we first need to learn about the history of energy utilities! This PDF summarizes the entire timeline and how the rise of energy democracy came about.

Climate Equity & Community Engagement in Building Electrification​ Toolkit

Derived from the City of San Francisco’s engagement with Urban Sustainability Directors Network’s Zero Cities Project, the purpose of this initiative was to experiment with different forms of community engagement to highlight best practices, lessons learned and models for creating effective community engagement around equity and climate resiliency through anchor-community strategies.

Sustainable Design & Green Building Toolkit for Local Governments​

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) developed the Sustainable Design and Green Building Toolkit for Local Governments to assist local governments in identifying and removing barriers to sustainable design and green building within their permitting process. This Toolkit addresses the codes that would affect the design, construction, renovation, operation and maintenance of a building and its immediate site.


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Monitoring Ozone in a Warming World

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New NASA Earth System Observatory to Help Address, Mitigate Climate Change

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