The Green Bank Academy will be a unique opportunity for state energy and finance officials from around the country to learn about and discuss the establishment and coordination of state “green” banks. Attendees will work together in working groups on practical problem-solving, and leave the Academy with turnkey solutions needed to build green banks in their states with shared principles for coordination and standardization. Leaders from over a dozen states, at various stages of green bank development, have been invited to attend.

The keynote speakers at this two-day meeting include Dan Esty, outgoing Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, Congressman Chris Van Hollen of Maryland, and Richard Kauffman, Chairman of Energy and Finance for New York.

We are pleased to be hosting this excellent group of presenters who will speak about a variety of green bank topics. Congressman Van Hollen will announce details of his soon-to-be introduced federal Green Bank legislation. He plans to introduce the bill in the coming weeks after the event, incorporating input from Green Bank Academy attendees. Commissioner Esty will describe how Connecticut has created a new, more efficient government model that has facilitated private sector growth and can be replicated in any state. Richard Kauffman will lead a discussion on how to build strategic alignment between a green bank and existing state energy policies, incentives, and organizations.

Materials including a planned curriculum will be distributed prior to the Academy. We will also seek out suggestions and feedback from you to ensure that the Academy is as useful as possible for those attending.

The Academy will last one and one half days and include meals, refreshments, and materials for group workshops.