Stratford Mayor Laura Hoydick Appointed to Connecticut Green Bank Board of Directors

Mayor Hoydick brings extensive background in economic development, property management, and local and state leadership to the Board

 

Hartford, CT- (Oct. 18, 2021) – The Connecticut Green Bank proudly announces the appointment of Stratford Mayor Laura Hoydick to its Board of Directors. Hoydick has served as the first woman Mayor of Stratford since 2017, after serving in the State House of Representatives for the 120th District starting in 2010. In addition to being a Ranking Member of the Energy and Technology Committee while in the House, Mayor Hoydick held critical roles on the Banks, Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committees. Under Mayor Hoydick’s leadership in Stratford, the town has added five solar arrays to public buildings, brought in textile recycling and solar compacting trash and recycling receptacles.

“We thank House Republican Leader Candelora for his appointment of Mayor Hoydick to our Board,” said Green Bank Board Chairwoman Lonnie Reed. “In 2011, Laura and I worked together as leaders on the Energy and Technology Committee, and played an important role in the creation of the Green Bank. It is very fitting that Laura joins our Board now as we take the Green Bank to version 2.0, expanding our scope through recent bipartisan legislation led by Governor Lamont.”

As Mayor, Hoydick uses her experience as the Executive Director of the Stratford Chamber of Commerce to advocate for economic development and redevelopment in Stratford, focusing on budgets that reduce the town’s mill rate. She continues to advance important projects such as the Transit-Oriented development around the Stratford Train Station, the development of the Exit 33 interchange off of I-95 and the improvement of the Interchange at Exit 32.  She has made significant progress in advancing the development of the Stratford Army Engine Plant location and worked with state and federal authorities to bring the Raymark site contamination remediation to a successful close.

“I am looking forward to joining the Board of Directors of the nation’s first green bank that we created through unanimous bipartisan legislation back in 2011,” said Mayor Laura Hoydick. “Over the last decade, the Connecticut Green Bank has proven that it can mobilize multiples of private capital investment to support public policy and accelerate the green economy of Connecticut.”

“Mayor Hoydick’s dedication to her community is made obvious through her service, volunteerism, and leadership,” said Bryan Garcia, President and CEO of the Green Bank.  “She has always been a steadfast proponent of the green bank model to enable private investment in our green economy to make clean energy more affordable and accessible to our families, businesses, and communities.”

Mayor Hoydick also serves as the Chairman of the Greater Bridgeport and Valley Metropolitan Planning Organization, and the Vice Chair of the Connecticut Metropolitan Council of Governments. She is a director for the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities, and is a member of the board of Sustainable CT from which the Town of Stratford has achieved Silver Certification.

Governor Lamont Appoints Adrienne Farrar Houël to Connecticut Green Bank Board of Directors

Farrar Houël brings extensive background in economic and workforce development, environmental justice, innovative green contracting, and local leadership to the Board

Hartford, CT (June 14, 2021) – The Connecticut Green Bank proudly announces Governor Lamont’s appointment of Adrienne Farrar Houël to its Board of Directors. Ms. Farrar Houël is the Founder, President and CEO of the Greater Bridgeport Community Enterprises, Inc. (GBCE). GBCE is a nonprofit community development corporation that creates economic opportunity by developing “triple bottom line” businesses, featuring: environmental sustainability; social good by training and hiring disadvantaged, low-income unemployed residents enabling them to become economically self-sufficient; and economic and community development for distressed urban neighborhoods.

“We are very grateful to Gov. Lamont for appointing Adrienne to our Board,” said Green Bank Board Chairwoman Lonnie Reed. “Adrienne’s unique experience and her innovative efforts to pursue environmental justice, confront climate change, and enhance workforce development bring tremendous real world knowledge to our Board as we strive for a greater positive impact in vulnerable communities.”

Through her leadership with GBCE, which creates jobs for disadvantaged residents and advocates for more green jobs in the Bridgeport area and throughout the State, Ms. Farrar Houël has designed, funded and operated workforce development training programs and created three nonprofit, sustainability enterprises under its umbrella. In June 2012, GBCE opened Park City Green, a mattress deconstruction/materials recycling division. Park City Green employs 18 persons largely from Bridgeport’s Re-Entry community in its growing enterprise, recycling more than 325,000 units since the implementation of the state’s mattress recycling law in mid-2015.

“I’m excited to join the Green Bank’s Board and thank the Governor for this invitation,” said Ms. Farrar Houël. “I look forward to guiding the organization as it fulfills its mission of creating a healthier, more prosperous future for Connecticut residents, especially for those most in need.”

Ms. Farrar Houël has been active in preservation since 2003 to 2018 as a trustee and officer of the CT Trust for Historic Preservation. Also, in the interest of preserving and developing an important African-American historic site in Bridgeport, she joined the founding board of the Mary and Eliza Freeman Foundation for History and Community and still serves to this day. In 2012, GBCE’s Green Team conducted deconstruction classes in the initial phases of preserving the houses’ structures for future re-development.

“It has been an honor working with Adrienne through the Equity and Environmental Justice and Financing and Funding Climate Adaptation and Resilience Working Groups of Governor Lamont’s Council on Climate Change,” said Bryan Garcia, President and CEO of the Green Bank. “She brings incredible experience and passion for workforce development and environmental justice, including her work with the Mary and Eliza Freeman Center, which will all advance the mission of the Green Bank as we focus our efforts into vulnerable communities.”

For the State of Connecticut, Ms. Farrar Houël was Co-Chair of the 2013 Governor’s Task Force on Modernizing Recycling in Connecticut and served on the Green Jobs Committee, a joint committee of CT’s Department of Labor and Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. More recently in 2016-2019, she served on the state’s Energy Efficiency Board named by Commissioner Dykes of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and chaired the Residential Sub-Committee of the Board. In 2020, she began service on the Governor’s Climate Change Committee contributing to the policy recommendations for Financing and Funding Climate Adaptation and Resilience through the lens of Environmental Justice.

Ms. Farrar Houël earned her MBA at Harvard Business School and resides in Bridgeport, Connecticut with her husband, Christian.

For more information on GBCE, please visit https://greenteambpt.com/

Governor Lamont Appoints Lonnie Reed to Chair the Connecticut Green Bank

Former State Representative brings significant energy and environmental policy leadership to the Board of Directors of the Green Bank

Rocky Hill, CT (Oct. 25, 2019) – The Connecticut Green Bank is pleased to announce that Governor Ned Lamont has appointed Lonnie Reed as Chair of its Board of Directors.

“I have stated that climate change is an urgent, existential threat that must be tackled immediately, and that Connecticut must remain a national leader on climate action, which is why I have appointed Lonnie Reed as the next Chair of the Connecticut Green Bank,” stated Governor Ned Lamont.  “Connecticut has become the model for green banks across this nation – demonstrating an increase and acceleration of the flow of private capital into markets that energize the green economy through smarter use of public funds.”

Reed served in the Connecticut State House of Representatives for five terms, from 2009 to 2019, before choosing not to run for reelection. As a State Rep, Reed was Co-Chair of the Energy & Technology Committee, Co-Chair of the Bipartisan Long Island Sound Caucus, Co-Chair of the Bipartisan Life Sciences Caucus, a member of the Manufacturer’s Caucus and of the Shoreline Preservation Task Force. She also served on the Bi-State NY & CT Long Island Sound Committee.

“I am grateful to Governor Lamont for appointing me to this challenging new role focused on issues I’ve worked on for years — energy, climate challenges and job creation,” stated Reed. “We are living in transformative times. It is essential that we replace fossil fuel electric generation with a renewable energy infrastructure that won’t traumatize the planet. Colossal investments must be made and the more we can leverage public money — taxpayer and ratepayer dollars — to attract private investors to help pay for these improvements, the better. That’s what the Green Bank does, and I am proud and honored to join this innovative, dedicated team.”

Since its inception in July of 2011, the Connecticut Green Bank has mobilized nearly $1.7 billion of investment into the state’s green energy economy at a leverage ratio of $1 of public capital to $7 of private investment.  This investment has reduced the burden of energy costs on over 40,000 families and businesses (including underserved low-to-moderate income families and small businesses), while creating more than 20,000 jobs in communities across the state, generating over $80 million of tax revenues, and reducing 5.8 MMTCO2 that result in over $200 million of public health savings over the life of the green energy projects.  The mission of the Connecticut Green Bank is to confront climate change and provide all of society a healthier and more prosperous future by increasing and accelerating the flow of private capital into markets that energize the green economy.

“In her various leadership roles at the Connecticut General Assembly over the years, former Representative Lonnie Reed has worked hard to put bipartisan public policies in place that reflect the importance of a modern low carbon energy system,” states Bryan Garcia, President and CEO of the Connecticut Green Bank. “As we look ahead, faced with the magnitude of investment required to put society on a more sustainable path to confront climate change, the Green Bank envisions a world united by the renewable energy of community. We need to continue to innovate and identify ways that allow more people to benefit from investment in the green economy, and Lonnie’s bipartisan experience will be an asset as we work to show that ‘green’ bonds us.”

Rep. Themis Klarides Appoints CBIA Counsel Eric Brown to Serve on the Connecticut Green Bank Board of Directors

Senior Counsel at CBIA brings environmental, business, and policy background to BOD

 

Rocky Hill, CT (Oct. 10) – The Connecticut Green Bank is pleased to announce Representative Themis Klarides’ appointment of Eric Brown to its Board of Directors. Brown is senior counsel at the Connecticut Business & Industry Association (CBIA), a position he has held since 1994.

“The Connecticut Green Bank has demonstrated its commitment to using limited public funds to attract and mobilize private investment in clean energy, energy efficiency and Connecticut’s economy,” states Eric Brown, Senior Counsel at CBIA.  “I am looking forward to serving on the Board of Directors to offer my perspective on accelerating private investment that creates jobs and makes Connecticut more economically competitive with respect to energy costs.”

At CBIA, Brown’s primary responsibilities include developing policy positions on energy, environment, land use, and manufacturing issues and advocating those positions before regulatory agencies and the state legislature. He also directs E2: CBIA’s Energy & Environment Council, a group of approximately 200 Connecticut companies that assist in developing and advocating public policy positions on environmental and energy issues. He is also the Chair of the Joint Committee of the Energy Efficiency Board and the Connecticut Green Bank.

“As the Chair of the Connecticut Green Bank, I am pleased that Representative Klarides has appointed Eric to the Board of Directors,” said Catherine Smith, Commissioner for the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development and Chair of the Connecticut Green Bank. “Eric’s extensive experience in energy and environmental policy and advocacy for business and private investment make him a valuable addition to our board.”

Before CBIA, Brown served as a senior environmental analyst with the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection. He also worked as an environmental specialist in private practice and worked at the state legislature as well.

Brown has been appointed by House Republican Leader Themis Klarides (114th General Assembly District). “Eric’s leadership in the state on energy and environmental policy for many years on behalf of the business community ensures that he has his finger on the pulse of state energy investments and how they affect Connecticut businesses. His knowledge will add new depth to the mission of the Green Bank to attract and leverage private investment, reduce the State’s reliance on public funds and develop long term sustainable financing solutions that create local jobs,” said Klarides.

Brown holds a B.S. in geology from the University of Rhode Island, a M.S. in geophysics from Boston College and a J.D. from Western New England College School of Law.

Brown replaces outgoing board member Norma Glover.

 

 

 

Gov. Malloy Appoints Former EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy to Serve on the Connecticut Green Bank

Hartford, CT (4/17/2017) – Governor Dannel P. Malloy today announced that he is appointing Gina McCarthy to serve as a member of the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Green Bank.

McCarthy most recently served as Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under President Barack Obama. Previously, she served as Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (now known as the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection) under Governor M. Jodi Rell. During her extensive career, McCarthy has worked at both the state and local levels on critical environmental issues and helped coordinate policies on economic growth, energy, transportation, and the environment.

“As the Connecticut Green Bank demonstrates how mobilizing private investment into our clean energy economy can reduce the energy burden on households and businesses while creating jobs in our communities, it is imperative that these investments also improve public health and reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” Governor Malloy said. “Gina McCarthy will be fantastic advocate for advancing these causes. She has dedicated her career towards advocating for the very issues that the Connecticut Green Bank seeks to accomplish, and we are thrilled to have her expertise back in Connecticut serving the people of our state.”

The Connecticut Green Bank is a quasi-public authority created through legislation Governor Malloy signed in 2011 with the mission of accelerating deployment of clean energy by using limited public dollars to attract private capital investment in clean energy products. In doing so, the organization helps the state in encouraging the creation of new jobs in the clean energy sector, promoting economic prosperity and energy security, and addressing climate change. As the nation’s first full-scale green bank, the organization partners with private-sector investors to create low-cost, long-term, sustainable financing to implement green energy measures in the residential, commercial, industrial, institutional, and infrastructure sectors.

“I look forward to reuniting with my colleagues in Connecticut and representing Governor Malloy on the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Green Bank,” McCarthy said. “There is no greater imperative at this time than mobilizing more private investment in clean energy deployment in communities throughout Connecticut and across this country to combat global climate change. I am discovering that there is a need and urgency for more green banks in cities, counties, and states across the nation.”

“Gina McCarthy is a great choice and I welcome her experienced voice on the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Green Bank,” Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Catherine Smith, who also serves as Chairwoman of the Connecticut Green Bank’s Board of Directors, said. “Gina has been a tireless champion fighting against climate change and creating green jobs here and on a national level from Washington, D.C. Now she returns to the state to build on her work in helping the Green Bank make green energy accessible and affordable as we continue to tackle the impact of climate change and work to expand our green economy.”

McCarthy received a Bachelor of Arts in Social Anthropology from the University of Massachusetts at Boston and a joint Master of Science in Environmental Health Engineering and Planning and Policy from Tufts University.

Speaker Aresimowicz Appoints Affordable Housing and Finance Expert Betsy Crum to Join the Connecticut Green Bank

Rocky Hill, CT (March 14, 2017) – The Connecticut Green Bank is pleased to announce the appointment of a new member to its Board of Directors. Ms. Betsy Crum comes to the Board with substantial background in affordable housing development and finance serving communities of need.

“I am excited to help the Connecticut Green Bank serve its mission, particularly among historically disadvantaged households or distressed communities,” said Crum. “Families in these households face high energy burdens, and really require attention and investment to fix the health and safety problems that get in the way of installing energy improvements. I am honored that Speaker Aresimowicz asked me to join the Board of Directors of the nation’s first green bank.”

Since 2015, Ms. Crum has been the Executive Director of the Women’s Institute for Housing & Economic Development, a non-profit housing development corporation focused on creating and preserving affordable and supportive housing for low income families and individuals. From 2011 to 2015, she was Executive Director of the Connecticut Housing Coalition, and from 2005 to 2010 she was Director of Real Estate for the Women’s Institute for Housing & Economic Development. Before stepping into these positions, she served in leadership roles with the Corporation for Supportive Housing; with Co-op Initiatives, Inc.; and the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority. Ms. Crum had an early career with community development and housing coordinator roles for the Towns of Enfield and Plainville and with the Connecticut Department of Housing.

Ms. Crum is an honors scholar from the University of Connecticut with a BA in Urban Studies, with distinction. Her recent professional affiliations include chairing the Journey Home Hartford Board of Directors; a member of the CT Interagency Council on Affordable Housing; a member of the National Alliance of Community Economic Development Associations; being Housing Chair for the Partnership for Strong Communities’ “Opening Doors – CT” framework, and being Chair of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston Advisory Council.

Catherine Smith, Commissioner for the CT Department of Economic and Community Development, added, “As the Chair of the Connecticut Green Bank, I am pleased that Speaker Aresimowicz has appointed Betsy to the Board of Directors. Betsy has the background to ensure that we are fulfilling our mission to attract private investment in clean energy deployment in Connecticut, reduce the energy burden on households and businesses, create jobs in our communities, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global climate change. The Green Bank has made great strides in the past couple years in helping low-to-moderate income families get access to savings on their energy bills through clean energy improvements.”

Ms. Crum was appointed by Speaker of the House Joe Aresimowicz (D-Berlin/Southington). “The legislature created Connecticut Green Bank in 2011 to attract private investment in clean energy and provide increased access to more affordable financing for clean energy projects,” said Speaker Aresimowicz. “Betsy’s appointment should help the Green Bank with expanding their markets. It is important they let residents and businesses in all locations know there are opportunities in clean energy throughout Connecticut.”

Ms. Crum replaces outgoing board member Patricia Wrice, who also recently retired as Executive Director of Operation Fuel.

 

About the Connecticut Green Bank

The Connecticut Green Bank was established by the Connecticut General Assembly on July 1, 2011 as a part of Public Act 11-80. As the nation’s first full-scale green bank, it is leading the clean energy finance movement by leveraging public and private funds to scale-up renewable energy deployment and energy efficiency projects across Connecticut. The Green Bank’s success in accelerating private investment in clean energy is helping Connecticut create jobs, increase economic prosperity, promote energy security and address climate change. For more information about the Connecticut Green Bank, please visit www.ctgreenbank.com.