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Steve Gelb

Emerald Cities Seattle
With a lifetime interest in the outdoors and the environment, Steve began his career in the outdoor products industry where he held leadership positions in product development. He redirected his career to energy efficiency and equity by founding SustainableWorks, a residential energy efficiency program that developed a community-based model with a one-stop-shop that completed energy efficiency retrofits in over 500 homes. SustainableWorks pioneered high road workforce standards in the residential energy efficiency sector that provided living wages for employees and access to careers for individuals from underserved communities. As Director of Emerald Cities Seattle since 2012, he has partnered with the City of Seattle on Community Workforce Agreements for commercial contractors ensuring quality jobs and career opportunities, and launched it’s RENEW Affordable Multi-family Housing Program that supports building owners with energy and water efficiency upgrades. Steve holds a BA in Government from Cornell University.