Emerald Cities Collaborative Newsletter October 2015
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Unions, Environmental Justice Advocates Say “No!”
to Coal Transport through Oakland

The Alameda Labor Council was a key player in the nearly 100-member Coal-Free Oakland Coalition of unions, climate justice advocates and environmental groups that has halted the proposed transport of coal through Oakland in its tracks, pending a health impact study by the Oakland City Council.  The coalition includes unions representing nurses, teachers, longshoremen, city workers, recyclers, housekeepers, postal workers, bus drivers, custodians and security officers. City Council staff are to report to the council on their public health study and propose next steps by December.
 
As part of its strategy, the Labor Council passed a hard-hitting
resolution opposing a coal export terminal in the new Oakland Global Trade and Logistics Center. Not only was that document key to the coalition’s win, it also firmly aligned organized labor in Oakland with the city’s environmental justice and climate movements. It did so by acknowledging and commending labor’s growing commitment “to environmental justice issues that affect workers, communities and future generations. ”
 
According to Emerald Cities Oakland Director Tara Marchant, “This coalition and its victory reflect years of work building alliances along environmental justice and labor unions to reject old, polluting energy.

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ECC Helps NOLA Build Community Jobs and Contractor Pipelines

ECC’s work advising the City of New Orleans (NOLA) on workforce and inclusion policies is coming to fruition with the city’s launch of HireNOLA and BuildNOLA, which Mayor Mitch Landrieu had announced in early September. On October 1, the City Council unanimously approved the ordinance for HireNOLA, which expands job opportunities for local and disadvantaged residents.
 
And in late September, Landrieu launched BuildNOLA, a training program to help local small and disadvantaged business enterprises (DBEs) compete for public and private contracts. Training of the first group of 31 participants is now underway.
 
ECC’s continuing advisory role to the mayor’s Network for Economic Opportunity is now focused on helping the city implement HireNOLA when the ordinance goes into effect in January 2016. It requires contractors to use the city as the first source for recruitment, referrals and placement of new hires on applicable contracts and to demonstrate “good faith efforts to hire local and disadvantaged workers.”

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PolicyLink Equity Summit:
All for Inclusion, Justice and Prosperity

Oct 27-29, 2015
Los Angeles, CA

PolicyLink Summit
Book Launch: Equity, Growth, and Community: What the Nation Can Learn from America's Metro Areas
by Chris Benner and Manuel Pastor

Download the book at no cost

The International Living Future Institute is hosting its third annual Positive Energy and Water Conference, dedicated to the exchange of technical expertise, bold strategies and provocative case studies—all aimed at accelerating the global shift toward Net Positive Energy and Water buildings and communities. 
Feb 18-19, 2016
San Diego, CA
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