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Success in the Large Commercial Sector Our primary focus for the past 5 months has been to assist with the implementation of the pilot program for large commercial buildings together with the Community Power Works, the 2030 District, Energy Efficiency Finance Corporation, Seattle Steam and MacDonald-Miller. In addition to the completed project at the Washington Athletic Club (left), additional incentives from the city have resulted in 9 buildings contracted for investment grade energy audits. These projects will be governed by the Community Workforce Agreement with MacDonald-Miller Facility Solutions and a new agreement with McKinstry . These agreements will result in dozens of jobs for women, people of color veterans and union workers over the next year. Additionally, we will place individuals from SVI, ANEW and Helmets to Hardhats into career-path jobs. This is groundbreaking work and just the beginning of a booming and equitable retrofit industry in Seattle.

These projects were made possible by a federal Better Buildings Grant awarded to the City of Seattle which ends in June of 2013. In order to continue the momentum and build on the lessons learned, we have created a joint workgroup with the 2030 District, Northwest Energy Efficiency Council and the Office of Sustainability and Environment to develop future programs. The first meeting of this group is on Wednesday, August 29 from 2-4pm in room # 4096 of the Seattle Municipal Tower. Anyone who is interested should join us and let Steve Gelb know if you would like to receive announcements of future meetings. We’re also co-sponsoring an event for building owners on September 14 to feature the WAC project and generate more interest in energy efficiency. This event is invite only.

Multi-Family Energy Efficiency Summit
We are also proceeding with research and collaborative work on our Multi-Family Energy Efficiency project. All Emerald City members and key stakeholders are invited to a Multi-family Energy Efficiency Summit where will get updates on current programs and explore opportunities for collaboration and cooperation. Representatives from utilities, building owners, tenant groups, low income advocates, the health department and others have been invited. The event will be at the Seattle Building Trades Offices on the Georgetown South Seattle Community College Campus from 8am-12noon on Friday, September 28, 2012. Formal invitations with registration materials will be sent later this week. We hope to have a good representation of Emerald Cities Seattle members and see this work as a great opportunity for ECS to pay a lead role in breaking down barriers to energy efficiency and job creation in this sector.

Emerald Cities National HappeningsEmerald Cities in Washington DC continues to provide technical training and assistance for local cities. Recent training programs have included working with local foundations, Energy Conservation Bonds, funding from the Economic Development Administration and a comprehensive framework for working with Community Colleges. Recordings of all of these trainings are available; please let Steve Gelb know if you are interested in reviewing them. The Community College Initiative has tremendous opportunities here in Seattle and around the country. The colleges have a mission to promote equity, development and community engagement. This, coupled with their role in workforce development, makes them ideal partners for Emerald Cities. We look forward to working with our Community College members and others to advance this relationship.

Local Council Meetings
(All Members)
Friday, September 21 9-11am
Friday, December 14 9-11am
Friday, March 15 9-11am
Friday, June 14 9-11am

Workforce Committee
Friday, October 5, 2012 9-11am
Friday, January 4, 2013 9-11am
Friday, April 5, 2013 9-11am

Project Development
Friday, October 14 9-11am
Friday, December 7 9-11am
Friday, March 11 9-11am
Friday, June 2 9-11am

All Meetings are at the Seattle Building Trades, South Seattle Community College Georgetown Campus (unless otherwise noted)

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