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, September 30, 12 – 1:15 pm
Powered by the Renewable Energy of Community: Three Match Fund Success Stories
The theme of our webinar series has been the Renewable Energy of Community, and the projects highlighted by this presentation are great examples of this concept. We are pleased to invite the leaders of three very successful community projects in Connecticut funded through Sustainable CT’s Community Match Fund and hear how these highly visible projects are improving their community. These projects are the green roof project at Westville Nursery School, the Bridgeport Film Festival, and the Sterling Street Sanctuary! The session will be moderated by the Green Bank’s Emily Basham.
With Special Guests
Jason Coombs, actor, filmmaker and teaching artist
Matt Desfosses, treasurer of the Westville Community Nursery School
Kamora Le’Ella Herrington, Founder and Visionary, Kamora’s Cultural Corner
Jason A. Coombs
Jason A. Coombs is a New York City and Connecticut based actor, filmmaker and teaching artist. His television pilot entitled, Chasers, was a semifinalist at the 2017 Independent Television Festival and made it to the second round of the 2018 Macro Lab Screenwriting contest sponsored by The Blacklist. He’s produced a handful of award winning short films that have premiered in over two dozen festivals worldwide including The La Jolla International Fashion Film Festival, Miami Independent Film Festival, Los Angeles CineFest, Brussels International Fashion Film Festival, Dumbo Film Festival, The Astoria Film Festival and the Australian Film Awards, among others. In 2020 he became one of the founding members and the Artistic Director of the first annual Bridgeport Film Fest, which premiered in July 2021.
His award-winning web series SHAW, which he wrote, produced and starred in, is currently streaming on SEEKA TV. The six episodes of season one currently have over 6,000 views online. His latest short film, The Morning After, which he wrote and directed is currently being submitted for a 2021 film festival run.
He has worked on set and in the production offices of the television shows, White Collar (USA Network), Celebrity Ghost Stories (ID Channel), and The Haunting Of (ID Channel), among others. He had the privilege of working as the Co-Director of Operations for Studio 4 NYC, an acting and filmmaking school started by James Franco. Part of his many duties included assisting Mr. Franco with his 12 week filmmaking masterclass and feature film project, Sleepaway Slasher.
As an actor, he was most recently seen in the independent film Pretenders streaming on Amazon Prime and in the pilot episode of the CBS show Tommy, starring Edie Falco in Spring 2020. When not performing or working on set, Jason is writing original pieces that he can never finish, exploring New York City, making his friends laugh… most of the time unintentionally. Most importantly, Jason is a proud uncle to his 15-year-old niece, Asha!
Matt Desfosses lives in New Haven with his wife Lisa and their three kids (10, 7 & 4). Other than being a dad, Matt is an actuary working with the disability insurance industry, is the Treasurer of the Westville Community Nursery School and a commissioner of the New Haven Port Authority.
Kamora Le’Ella Herrington
Kamora Le’Ella Herrington is a mother first, in all of the ways that a mother is. She is the owner and operator or Kamora’s Cultural Corner and is an active Cultural Humility presenter and educator who began her formal career as a teacher for the City of Hartford’s Early Learning Centers in the early 90’s. Through the years she has worked with numerous organizations and groups committed to marginalized communities, and ran a mentoring program for Queer youth in out of home care for 15 years. Kamora is a member of the National Black Justice Coalition’s (NBJC) Leadership Advisory Council, a founding member of CT Black Women as well as a current member and former Chair of the City of Hartford’s LGBTQ+ Commission.
Kamora has been honored as a person committed to supporting and nurturing humans, most recently as a 2019 recipient of the 100 Women of Color Award; she is also very proud to have been awarded the 2016 Association for Experiential Education Person in Charge of Unlocking Potential (PICCOUP) award. Her personal life mission includes, “creating spaces where families are free to love their children” which is the guiding principal of all of her work.
“I’ve lived a life that has placed me in positions where I could either uphold the status quo, or share truths that may not be pleasant, but are necessary,” ‘we are the ones we’ve been waiting for’; humans willing to step in when necessary and step out when it’s time.”
October Webinar TBA