The Connecticut Green Bank invites you to join us as we explore the Renewable Energy of Community in our 2021 webinar series! Over the next year, we will hear from guests that touch on topics such as clean energy policy, financial innovation, social justice and cleantech advances. Be a part of our community by joining the conversation. (Recordings of previous webinars can be accessed here.)
Thursday, April 22 • NOON – 1:00 pm EST
Earth Day Conversation
Connecticut is accelerating climate and environmental action. Clean energy is creating opportunities for communities to harness the enthusiasm of residents, while saving money and the planet. Join the “Earth Day conversation with the Green Bank” webinar to hear a special address from White House Climate Advisor Gina McCarthy highlighting the federal action on climate. We’ll also hear from three Mayors about various green projects and initiatives- from local energy campaigns and comprehensive Climate Action Plans to installing solar and electric vehicle charging stations on town buildings – all which contribute to the sustainability and vibrance of the community while leading our state toward the carbon-free by 2040 climate goal. Join us to hear these community stories. Emily Basham, Senior Manager of Partnership Development for Connecticut Green Bank, will moderate.
Special Recorded Introductory Remarks from Gina McCarthy, White House Climate Advisor
Special Guest Speakers:
James “Jamie” Cosgrove, First Selectman, Branford
Gina McCarthy, White House National Climate Advisor
Gina McCarthy serves as White House National Climate Advisor, tasked with coordinating the Biden administration’s domestic climate agenda. Previously, McCarthy was the president and chief executive officer of NRDC beginning in January 2020, where she led more than 700 attorneys, scientists, advocates, and policy experts. McCarthy has been a leading advocate for smart, successful strategies to protect public health and the environment for more than 30 years. A Boston native, she previously advised five Massachusetts governors, including Mitt Romney.
In her prior role at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, McCarthy was a professor of the practice of public health in the Department of Environmental Health and chair of the board of advisors at the Harvard Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment (C-CHANGE). She also served as a member of the boards of the Energy Foundation and Ceres.
McCarthy served under President Barack Obama as the 13th Administrator of the EPA from 2013–2017. Her tenure as EPA Administrator heralded a paradigm shift in national environmental policy, expressly linking it with global public health. She led EPA initiatives that cut air pollution, protected water resources, reduced greenhouse gases and strengthened chemical safety to better protect more Americans, especially the most vulnerable, from negative health impacts.
McCarthy worked with the United Nations and the World Health Organization on a variety of efforts and represented the U.S. on global initiatives to reduce high-risk sources of pollution.
She also served on the Board of Directors for the Connecticut Green Bank.
Mayor Luke Bronin
Luke Bronin was sworn in as the 67th mayor of the City of Hartford on January 1, 2016, and was reelected to a second term in November of 2019.
Mayor Bronin is a husband, a father, a veteran, and an attorney, and he is committed to building a stronger Hartford for all of the city’s residents.
After taking office in 2016, Mayor Bronin led the city through the biggest fiscal crisis in the city’s history, working to put Hartford on a path to fiscal stability. In addition to promoting economic development and investment, his administration has focused on building opportunity for Hartford residents through key initiatives like the Youth Service Corps and the Reentry Welcome Center. He has also worked to position Hartford as a center of innovation and establish Hartford a leader in environmental stewardship.
Prior to becoming mayor, Mayor Bronin served in senior positions in both federal and state government. In 2013, he was appointed by then-Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy to serve as General Counsel. As the governor’s chief lawyer, Bronin was deeply involved in developing policies to combat veterans’ homelessness, pass common sense gun laws, expand economic opportunities, reform our criminal justice system, and protect our environment.
Prior to his role in the Governor’s office, he served in the Obama Administration as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Terrorist Financing and Financial Crimes at the U.S. Department of the Treasury. In that role, he helped lead the federal government’s efforts to isolate and disrupt international terrorist groups, and advanced U.S. national security and foreign policy interests. Previously, he served as the Senior Advisor to the Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Treasury, as an international affairs fellow with the Council on Foreign Relations, and as Chief of Staff to the President of Property and Casualty Operations at the Hartford Financial Services Group, one of the capital city’s largest employers.
Mayor Bronin served as an officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve and was a member of the military’s anti-corruption task force during his deployment to Afghanistan from September 2010 to April 2011. He earned his B.A. and J.D. from Yale University and his M.A. from Oxford University, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar.
He and his wife Sara live in Hartford with their three young kids.
James Cosgrove, First Selectman, Branford
First Selectman James B. Cosgrove graduated from Branford High School and went on to receive a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of New Haven in 1996. After graduating from college, he began work at his family’s Branford business, Cosgrove Construction, where he served as Project Manager for over 20 years. In his capacity as Project Manager, he was responsible for preparing estimates and budgets, negotiating, contracting and managing schedules.
James B. Cosgrove was elected as First Selectman in November 2013, after serving on the Board of Selectmen from 2011 to 2013. In addition, he previously served on the Branford Representative Town Meeting (RTM), the town’s legislative body from 2009 to 2011. While on the RTM, he served on several committees, including Administrative Services and Rules and Ordinances.
Currently, he serves as a member of the Bristol Facility Policy Board Executive Committee; South Central Connecticut Council of Governments; South Central Connecticut Council of Governments Transportation Committee; Regional Economic Xcelleration Executive Board and Workforce Alliance Executive Board.
He and his wife, Nicole, have two young daughters, Ava and Lila.
John Elsesser, Town Manager, Coventry
John Elsesser has served as Town Manager since 1988 and has served in other CT Towns as an assistant since graduating from University of Hartford in 1982 with an MPA. He is a Credentialed Manager through ICMA. He also serves in a leadership capacity at the regional and State level, including positions as President of the Tolland County Chamber of Commerce and on the Board of Directors of CCM, COST and Chairman of the Connecticut Interlocal Risk Management Agency (CIRMA). He also serves on the State E-911 Commission and the State Emergency Response Commission.
May Webinar (To Be Announced)