About CEDC


Statement Regarding Cylvia Hayes' Fellowship

February 6, 2015


Mission of CEDC’s regional acceleration fellowship program

The acceleration fellowship’s mission was to educate the public, the media, and other stakeholders about viable models for clean economic development.  This approach was intended to empower regional stakeholders to develop environmentally responsible projects that sparked innovation and accelerated job creation. The fellowship program sought funding for multiple fellows to deliver outcomes in several regions as well as nationally.  Activities included:

  • Shape and Participate in Clean Economy Roadshow Engagement Activities.
  • Advise on CEDC regional plans and lead in the development of new, multi-state, regional initiatives, beginning in the Northwest.
  • Write, speak and evangelize for policy innovation to accelerate clean economy developments at the state and multi-state regional levels.


Cylvia Hayes’ work through the acceleration fellowship

Hayes' fellowship focused on communicating the economic benefits of clean economy projects, on national publications such as the Huffington Post, and as part of the Gulf Coast Sustainable Communities project. Specific outcomes of her fellowship included:

  • Generated public and media support for clean economy and climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts;
  • Expanded the inventory of documented case studies that quantify the economic benefits of the clean economy that can be used to inform the media, elected officials and clean economy allies;
  • Partnered with both the clean economy and ocean conservation advocates to develop mutually beneficial messaging based on an economic frame;
  • Regularly submitted articles, essays and op-eds to targeted media outlets;
  • Established clean economy blogs and e-communication;
  • Delivered speeches at strategic events to targeted audiences;
  • Catalyzed and supported multi-state clean economy and ocean conservation collaboration between the West Coast States;
  • Aided in the development of a strategic and coordinated approach to the issue of ocean acidification.


Cylvia Hayes’ relationship with CEDC

Cylvia Hayes was at no point on the payroll of CEDC.  3E Strategies, Hayes’ consulting firm, provided a portion of Cylvia’s time for CEDC’s regional acceleration fellowship. Hayes’ fellowship was funded by two foundations, Rockefeller Brothers Foundation and the Energy Foundation, in 2011 and 2012. All payments from CEDC were made to 3E Strategies.


CEDC’s position on policy

CEDC does not engage in any lobbying activities. We work with policymakers to implement projects, which take into account policies and regulations that have already been passed. CEDC believes that these projects may generally lead to more effective clean energy policies yet does not lobby on any pending legislation or regulation.


CEDC’s involvement with Governor Kitzhaber’s office

At no point did CEDC attend or request to attend any meetings at Mahonia Hall or with the Governor and his staff; this includes the aforementioned April 9 2012 meeting.  At no point did Hayes offer to engage CEDC with the Governor or his Administration.


CEDC’s funding approach and the Energy Foundation

CEDC has never solicited contributions from the State of California, the state of Oregon, nor any other state or state agency.  The Energy Foundation was a funder of CEDC prior to Cylvia Hayes’ fellowship and continued to fund CEDC after Hayes’ fellowship ended. 


CEDC’s low-carbon fuel work in Oregon

CEDC facilitated low-carbon fuel communication work in Oregon in 2014. Cylvia Hayes’ fellowship ended in 2012. 



The Clean Economy Development Center (CEDC) helps public officials and community leaders execute clean energy projects and create jobs. We are working to build America’s clean economy one project at a time.

CEDC engages public officials and community leaders to find out what they need to make clean energy projects work locally, and we empower these leaders with options, information, access to resources and customized support. Our deepest level of service involves guiding local leaders through project development and funding while helping them build capacity and execute increasingly ambitious clean energy projects on their own.

CEDC’s network of business, government, labor and nonprofit partners connects local leaders to the right mix of tools, including the federal grant dollars and private-sector investment required to grow markets.

CEDC is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to serving motivated public officials and community leaders in communities across America. In every community we engage, CEDC strives to include the broadest set of leaders from the public, private and community sectors. We can achieve results in challenging environments because we focus on issues that matter to everyone: job creation and economic development.

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