Happy New Year!
As we face a new year with all its uncertainties, we thank our partners around the country for supporting our work building sustainable, just and inclusive economies. ECC's vision of an economy based on principles of environmental/climate, economic and social justice and inclusion is more important than ever.
EC Cleveland Helps Promote
First Great Lakes' Wind Energy Project
Emerald Cities Cleveland will emphasize equity and inclusion in its advisory role on the Great Lakes' first offshore wind energy project by focusing on local hiring and use of local businesses as vendors within the supply chain. A key project goal is to build up access to local supply chain products and services, says EC Cleveland Director SeMia Bray.
LEEDCo -- the Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation -- a regional nonprofit, is spearheading construction of a 20.7 megawatt demonstration project, with construction set to begin in the spring of 2018.
ECC and EC Cleveland to Launch
E-Contractor Academy in Cuyahoga County
ECC and Emerald Cities Cleveland proudly announce the launch of the E-Contractor Academy in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, which will train minority, women, veteran and small contractors to compete for energy efficiency and other green construction projects. Thanks to financial support from JP Morgan Chase and in-kind contributions from the county, the seven-week program of one-day seminars, which begins in February, is free of charge to qualifying local contractors.
The Academy originated in Los Angeles in 2013 as a Citi Community Development-sponsored partnership between ECC and the County of Los Angeles. To date, Academy graduates have landed more than $3 million in contract awards from LA County and another $12.46 million from the county’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
RENEW Multi-Family Building
Wins Seattle Vision Award
The St. Charles Apartments – among the first affordable multi-family buildings in Seattle to receive energy and water efficiency upgrades under ECC’s RENEW Multi-family Program – has been recognized for those water savings.
Nonprofit building owner Plymouth Housing Group received the 2016 Visionary Award for Water from the Seattle 2030 District, an area of downtown Seattle where 45 percent of the properties are participating in an effort to dramatically reduce the environmental impacts of building construction and operations. The Seattle 2030 District now includes more than 20 member businesses and organizations.