April 2013 eNews
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ECC National Convening & Hill Day


April marked the D.C. convening of Emerald Cities national staff in conjunction with the Good Jobs Green Jobs Conference. At the conference, ECC President Denise Fairchild discussed creative ways that labor, education, and community groups can deliver skills to build more resilient and democratic institutions. Andrew Cortes and Tara Marchant, Local Directors in Providence and Oakland, discussed the ways in which local decentralized energy projects offer great potential for environmentalists, low-income communities and labor unions to work together and create jobs. At the end of the week, Emerald Cities staff met with Congressional staff to educate members about the work of the ECC at the local and national level, and connect that work to federal policy.

Seattle Updates Climate Plan

This Earth Day, Seattle’s Office of Sustainability and Environment published an updated Climate Action Plan toward climate neutrality by 2050. The plan focuses on transportation, waste and building energy efficiency and also calls for a 29% reduction in building energy use by 2030. Emerald Cities Seattle applauds the plan’s equity measures. “To ensure building energy actions promote shared prosperity, race and social equity goals must be considered fundamental to the design and implementation of building energy strategies,” the plan states. 

Portland Trades Day Promotes Green Careers

On May 15, the Edith Green-Wendell Wyatt Federal Building in Portland celebrates the completion of its high-efficiency transformation and training completion at their Trades Day. Emerald Cities Portland helped create their career guide in conjunction with the Edith Green Workforce Mapping Project, designed to launch students and community members into energy-efficiency construction and development careers. The building's official ribbon cutting will be May 30. 

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Board Spotlight


This month marked the National Urban League Young Professionals' 10th annual National Day of Service (NDoS). This year the NDoS focused on GREEN Initiatives with an emphasis on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines. 


Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International has issued its “Top 10 Ways CRE Professionals Can Go Green.” Because the office building industry accounts for nearly 20 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, it's important that we make energy efficiency and sustainability a priority beyond Earth Day.
Monday, May 6, 3:30PM: Webinar, Engaging Stakeholders to Improve Energy Effciency Programs, from MIT CoLab's Green Economic Development Initiative summer Energy Efficiency Series. Register and join >

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