Financing Clean Energy in Your City: An Introduction to Urban Green Banks
This webinar, hosted by the Institute for Sustainable Communities and the Coalition for Green Capital, covers how green banks work and explores success stories from the nation’s leaders on green banks.
Securing financing for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects remains a significant barrier for cities seeking to accelerate their transition to clean energy. A growing number of countries, cities, and communities are looking to green banks for innovative ways to overcome barriers to this transition.
Through this webinar, you will:
- Learn the basics of green banks—including what they are, how they work, and what they’ve achieved to date—from Jill Bunting with the Coalition for Green Capital, a group centrally involved in creating several green banks across the U.S. and internationally.
- Hear the story of the Connecticut Green Bank—the nation’s first green bank and widely regarded as the most successful green bank to date—directly from its dynamic CEO and ISC board member, Bryan Garcia. Since its inception in 2011, Connecticut Green Bank has used $200 million in public funds to leverage over $1 billion in total investment in Connecticut’s clean energy and energy efficiency marketplace.
- Get a glimpse into the creation of the first U.S. city-based green bank from Kristine Babick, who is directing the the launch of the Washington D.C. Green Bank at the Department of Energy & Environment.
The webinar ends with a call for action—we need your input and feedback on our idea for an urban energy investment challenge! If you have any comments or questions about this—or about any other aspect of our discussion on green banks—please contact ISC’s Nicole Enright.
Photo courtesy of Sustainable CUNY