Emerald Cities Collaborative

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Emerald Cities Collaborative
Emerald Cities Logo1.jpg
TypeNon-governmental organization
FocusGreen Building, Social Justice
Area served
United States
MethodJob training, investment, advocacy

Emerald Cities Collaborative is a national non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C. with affiliate offices in ten US cities. Founded in 2009, Emerald Cities has the stated goal of "greening' our metropolitan areas in high-road ways that advance equal opportunity, shared wealth, and democracy."[1] The collaborative comprises more than 21 national organizations and focuses on retrofitting urban building stock, developing infrastructure, and promoting diverse local economies built around energy efficiency.[2]


Emerald Cities runs a number of programs oriented towards sustainability and energy efficiency, including the Community College Sustainability Project, the Public Housing Sustainability Project, the Better Buildings Challenge, and a large-scale technical assistance program for collaborative stakeholders. The organization also engages in workforce development, providing labor-community partnerships, training programs, and career pipelines to pair qualified individuals with green jobs. Additionally, Emerald Cities coordinates both public and private investments, and advocates both locally and nationally for policy supporting efficient infrastructure.


The Emerald Cities Collaborative has chapters in the following cities:




Donors to the Emerald Cities Collaborative include:

Partner organizations[edit]


  1. ^ "Emerald Cities Mission Statement". Emerald Cities.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "About Emerald Cities". Emerald Cities.