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. To kickoff, we will dive into national clean energy policy and its impact on Connecticut with podcast host and energy expert, Katherine Hamilton. Be a part of our community by joining the conversation.
Tuesday, March 2 • NOON-1:30pm EST
Energy Trends and Transformations (kickoff webinar)
Join Katherine Hamilton, co-host of popular podcast The Energy Gang in exploring the rapidly shifting U.S. policy and business landscape for clean energy, cleantech and climate. From the Biden Administration to Congress, learn what seismic policy movements are underway, and what these changes mean for states and for clean energy project activity.
Katherine Hamilton is Chair of 38 North Solutions. In this role, Katherine has been listed on the #Solar100 board by kWh Analytics and received a Cleanie Award as Entrepreneur of the Year. Katherine has led several councils of the World Economic Forum as a global policy and technology thought leader and is currently Co-Chair of the Global Future Council on Clean Electrification. Katherine served as President of the GridWise Alliance, advocating for nearly $5 billion in funding for smart grid projects in the Recovery Act.
Prior to that role, Katherine was a policy advisor for Good Energies, Inc., a private investment company with a portfolio in clean energy technologies of nearly $6 billion. She co-directed the American Bioenergy Association, working with the states of Maryland and New Jersey to develop renewable portfolio standards. At the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Katherine led buildings research and then managed government relations in Washington, DC. Katherine spent a decade at Virginia Power, designing overhead and underground electrical systems for commercial and residential developments. Katherine studied electrical engineering at Northern Virginia Community College and holds degrees from Cornell University and the Sorbonne. Katherine is part of The Energy Gang podcast through Greentech Media.
Special Guest: Bryan Garcia is the president and CEO of the Connecticut Green Bank the nation’s first state-level green bank. The green bank model demonstrates how smarter use of public resources can attract more private investment in the green economy reducing the burden of energy costs on households and businesses, creating jobs in local communities, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions that cause global climate change. Bryan is the Co-Chair of the Financing Solutions Working Group of the State Energy Efficiency Action Network of the USDOE, on the Board of Directors of the Institute for Sustainable Communities, Sustainable Connecticut (Co-Chair), and the Center for Sustainable Energy, and on the advisory boards of the University of Connecticut School of Engineering and the Yale Center for Business and the Environment.
He holds a B.S. degree in political economy of natural resources from U.C. Berkeley, M.P.A. in public and non-profit administration; an M.B.A. in finance from New York University; and an M.E.M. degree from Yale University.
Special Guest: Josh Ryor is the Director of Utility Programs and Initiatives at the Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA). In this role, Josh oversees the state’s utility-administered renewable energy and arrearage forgiveness programs, as well as the utilities’ vegetation management, cybersecurity, and emergency response plans and PURA’s key initiatives including its Framework for an Equitable Modern Grid. Prior to his current position, Josh served as Advisor to PURA Chairman Marissa Gillett. Before joining PURA, Josh spent the better part of a decade in various roles focused on sustainable energy technologies, utility regulation, public policy, energy economics, and corporate sustainability, most notably at the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and the World Resources Institute.
Josh holds a Bachelors degree in Physics and Economics from the College of the Holy Cross, receiving the Nugent Gold Medal in 2010, and a Masters of Science with distinction in Sustainable Energy Systems from the University of Edinburgh, in addition to a Certificate in Financing and Deploying Clean Energy from Yale University.
Wednesday, March 10 • NOON-1:00pm EST</span
There is a growing need to mobilize resources not just to mitigate the severity of climate change, but to also adapt our infrastructure to make it resilient against expected changes. Environmental finance and related proposals are advancing from Governor Lamont and the General Assembly – including using the Green Bank to take on new missions. Learn where your voice will be helpful. With a legislative public hearing process expected, your voice will be needed.
Jeffrey R. Diehl is the CEO and Executive Director of Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank, a quasi-public corporation whose mission is to invest in key infrastructure in the State of Rhode Island including programs focused on clean water, drinking water, road and bridge, brownfield remediation, energy efficiency and renewable energy projects for municipalities, quasi-state agencies, commercial and residential property owners. Mr. Diehl has over 35 years of experience in public finance and prior to this role was the Managing Partner of Strategic Sovereign Advisors LLC, a consulting firm advising governments and financial institutions. Previously, he held various senior positions at HSBC, a global financial institution, including Vice Chairman – US Public Sector and Global Head of Public Sector Banking. He holds BA and MBA degrees from the University of Michigan.
Wayne Cobleigh, CPSM is Vice President – Client Services with GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc. Since 2013, Wayne has completed research, co-authored white papers, and given presentations on financing and funding climate resilience in the built environment. He has collaborated on this issue and co-authored reports as a member of the GC3 Financing and Funding Adaptation and Resilience Working Group on Financing Climate Adaptation and Resilience; and with Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, the Connecticut Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation, the Connecticut Green Bank, University of Massachusetts Boston’s Sustainable Solutions Lab, Boston Harbor Now’s Climate Roundtable, and the Environmental Business Council of New England. He is Finance Committee Chair of the Connecticut Green Building Council and a member of the Urban Land Institute’s Coastal Forum. He received his B.A. degree in Biology and Environmental Science from Colby College and an MBA from University of Phoenix.
Dr. Rebecca French is the first director of the new Office of Climate Planning at the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. In this role, Dr. French advises the DEEP Commissioner on mitigation, adaptation and resilience plans across all divisions of the agency. Her first charge in the position is to administer the Governor’s Council on Climate Change. Previously, Dr. French served as the Director of Resilience for the CT Department of Housing, overseeing the $64.3M grant awarded to the State of Connecticut through the US HUD National Disaster Resilience Competition as well as the Rebuild by Design pilot project in Bridgeport, CT. She was the Director of Community Engagement for the Connecticut Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation (CIRCA), a partnership between the University of Connecticut and the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. She translated science and engineering to help communities, state and local government, private industry, and academic partners implement solutions to adapt to a changing climate and extreme weather while strengthening resilience through economic development, policies and social cohesion.
Joyce Coffee, LEED AP, is founder and President of Climate Resilience Consulting, a social enterprise that works with clients to create practical strategies that enhance markets and communities through adaptation to climate change.
Coffee has 25 years of leadership experience in government, private, nonprofit, philanthropic and academic sectors. She has worked with over 200 institutions to create and implement climate-related resilience strategies. Specific areas of emphasis include resilience strategy, resilience finance, resilience measurement and social equity. She is an appointed director or chair of over ten nonprofit boards and initiatives. She received a B.S. in biology, environmental studies and Asian studies from Tufts University and a Masters in city planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Wednesday, April 14 • NOON-1:00pm EST
Financial Innovation: Ways to Invest in the Green Economy
Investing in clean energy isn’t just for institutions and large companies. Residents and community groups are more empowered than ever to use their own pocketbooks to advance social good and climate action. This webinar highlights some of the latest sustainable investing practices and tools, including the Green Bank’s upcoming 2nd issuance of Green Liberty Bonds, a bond created for retail investors.
Thursday, April 22 • NOON-1:00pm EST
Earth Day Conversation
More details to come!