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Scientists tell us that we only have a decade remaining to take big actions on climate and energy issues to shape what lies ahead. Global advocacy groups have nicknamed 2020 a “Super Year” for activism and action. This year is considered to be crucial for Nature-Based Solutions for climate change such as reforestation, improved agriculture to store carbon, and protecting our oceans and biodiversity. Learn more at: "It’s Time to Talk about Expectations for Super Year 2020" and " 2020: Let’s put the nature & climate emergency at the top of everybody’s to-do list." The latter identifies 5 key global moments and agreements taking place in 2020 to help restore nature to more sustainable levels.

BlackRock, the world's largest asset manager, has announced that it will make climate change central to its investment considerations. It's a big move from this dominant financial institution. While some are skeptical (see the article in our Bookmarked section), it is a sign that things are changing.

More than ever, innovative financing solutions are needed to grow the green economy via clean energy and sustainability projects. This promising financial news from BlackRock ties in well with our upcoming Leaders in Energy and Potential Energy "Green Project Financing for Growth Forum" on Thursday, January 23rd, 5:30 - 8:30 pm, at the Arlington Economic Development Office.

We will have the CEO of the Montgomery County Green Bank, the program manager for the new DC Green Bank, and others discussing how green banks can speed up the transition to the clean energy economy. We will also be hearing from companies that have received financing for clean energy.  Meet others who are working in the clean energy and sustainability fields and who are knowledgeable and passionate about making a difference! See more on our program below. This will be our 6th Annual Green Finance Forum!
In This Publication
  • Green Project Financing for Growth Forum (1/23/2020)
  • Public Square
  • Green Job Openings
  • Leaders in Energy Events & Programs
  • Other Events of Interest
  • New Blogs
  • Bookmarked
Green Project Financing for Growth January 23, 2020
Green Project Financing for Growth Forum, January 23, 2020


Learn how green banks in the DMV region and other parts of the US are working to speed up and scale up the transition to clean energy economy, allowing governments to hit their clean energy goals, and reduce the total emissions from the energy sector.

MODERATOR:  Janine Finnell , Executive Director,  Leaders in Energy
Tom Deyo
Tom Deyo is the inaugural Chief Executive Officer of the  Montgomery County Green Bank (MCGB ) . Tom brings his finance, operations, and mission-strong background to accelerate MGCB’s goal of bringing greater access to clean energy and energy efficiency financing for households, businesses, and institutions in Montgomery County, MD.
Alex Kragie
Alex Kragie  is the Director of the  American Green Bank Consortium , a project of the Coalition for Green Capital . The Consortium is a membership organization composed of 14 Green Banks from across the US. Previously, Alex was the Acting Executive Director of the Montgomery County Green Bank, the nation’s first county-level Green Bank.
Jay Wilson
Jay Wilson  is the Program Manager for the development and launch of D C Green Bank , a quasi-public financial institution whose mission is to attract private investment and enable access to financing for energy efficiency and clean energy projects. In addition, Jay is a green building expert at the District’s Department of Energy and Environment.

Hear case studies by companies on how they have received financing in clean energy.

MODERATOR:  Dave McCarthy , Executive Director,  PEDC
Tim Effio
Tim Effio is the Market Director for Latin America at Fluence. Tim also serves as a Commissioner for the Arlington Environment and Energy Conservation Commission (E2C2). His experience in the energy sector encompasses both technical and commercial capacities, having served as a gas turbine service engineer for Siemens Energy Inc. and a business sales manager for General Electric. He has contributed to the exponential growth of energy storage solutions provided worldwide by Fluence which has reached 1.5 GW in 100 projects in 21 countries, just in its second year of operations. He will highlight how Fluence projects in the US have been financed, along with insights on current or future energy storage projects in US/DMV.
Maria Goravanachi
Maria Goravanchi is a Director at the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC), formerly the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), Office of Structured Finance and Insurance. Ms. Goravanchi brings over a decade of private and public sector finance experience in underwriting, structuring, and negotiating debt financing investments in emerging and frontier-market nations. The DFC's mandate includes support for U.S. businesses competing for overseas investment opportunities. She will highlight case studies of US companies obtaining DFC support in the clean energy sector.  
Jack Sterne
Jack Sterne is a Principal at Lumenant LLC, which provides design, planning, finance, and implementation to upgrade new and existing buildings with lighting and technology solutions, making them healthier, safer, more marketable, and more cost-efficient. Jack is also an environmental lawyer and social entrepreneur with 28 years of successful ventures in the energy and environment space. He will share his tips and experience on how he has obtained financing for his lighting business. 
Ticket includes pizza and beverages. Learn more about taking the Metro and parking for the event at the Arlington Economic Development website here .
If you have an upcoming speaking event, presentation, paper/blog, or anything else you imagine our shared network might find interesting please forward a link and information to .

Faith Alliance for Climate Solutions (FACS) Seeking Volunteers
to Install Energy Efficiency Improvements

Eric Goplerud, Chair of Faith Alliance for Climate Solutions (and our recent Four Generations Awardee), is seeking volunteers for their local social justice service project on Monday morning, January 20th, to make simple energy efficiency repairs in several community residences in Reston or Alexandria for adults with mental and physical disabilities. If you are interested in volunteering for either the January 20th or for future projects, please email Eric Goplerud, FACS Chairperson, at
Green Jobs Openings
Have a job opening you wish to share with Leaders in Energy? Forward a link and contact information to

Program Manager, Regulatory - SEPA - Washington, D.C.
Business Operations Associate - K&M Advisors - Washington, D.C.
GCCI Project Manager - Kenjya Trusant Group
Development Manager - The Solar Foundation
Solar Advocacy Campaigner - Solar United Neighbors
Senior Science Writer - IQ Solutions
Leaders in Energy Events & Programs
See the following events and meetings listed below. If you have any ideas that you would like to propose for a Leaders in Energy event, program, or project, please contact us at .

Circular Economy Working Group Meeting - Theme on provocative new article from GreenBiz “ Its time to trash recycling
Date: Wednesday, January 22, 2020 | 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Location: The Cove on 1666 Connecticut Ave
Host: Leaders in Energy's Circular Economy Group
Learn more here .

Green Project Financing for Growth (6th Annual Green Finance Forum)
Date: Thursday, January 23, 2020 | 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Location: Arlington Economic Development Office,1100 N Glebe Rd #1500, Arlington, VA 22201
Host: Leaders in Energy & Potential Energy DC
Learn more here .

CWEEL Clean Energy & Sustainability Extravaganza at the University of Maryland - College Park
Date: Friday, February 28, 2020
Host: Leaders in Energy and Association of Energy Engineers
Location: Engineering School at University of Maryland
(Details to be forthcoming).

Green Career 1.0 Workshop
Date: Saturday, March 14th, 1:30 - 4:30 pm
Location: On-line
Host: Waterford, Inc and Leaders in Energy
Learn more here .

Green Career Workshop 2.0
Date: Saturday, March 28th, 1:30 - 4:30 pm
Location: On-line
Host: Waterford, Inc and Leaders in Energy
Learn more here .
Other Events of Interest
State of the Renewable Fuels Standard
Date: Friday, January 17, 2020 | 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Location: 918 F Street NW, 4th Floor North, National Union Building
Learn more here .

Carbon Footprint Challenge Workshop
Date: Friday, January 24, 2020 | 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Location: Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington (UUCA), 4444 Arlington Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22204; UUCA Board Room
Learn more here .
New Blogs
If you would like to write an article for our blog, please contact Miriam Aczel at: Visit our website to see even more great blogs!
By: Debra Aczel and Miriam Aczel
If you have an article that is published or have recommendations on content that is relevant to our community, please share with Kyle Saukas at:
BlackRock, the world's largest financial institution is facing a new campaign to divest from fossil fuels and companies tied to deforestation. It also joined a new investor group committed to climate action, but many are still unconvinced it has turned over a new leaf. It has been a big week for an institution commanding seven trillion dollars.
"Traditional recycling is the greatest example of modern-day greenwashing.  

Recycling is championed as the strategy to enable a cleaner, healthier world by those businesses that have profited the most from the extractive, take-make-waste economy. In reality, it is merely a cover to continue business as usual."
What trends will drive the energy industry forward in 2020? Find out in this deep dive from the Utility Dive team.
Carbon capture and utilization holds a lot of promise for developing a market for drawing carbon dioxide out of the air. How can we develop this industry in a way that ensures it isn't just greenwashing?
Almost a third of the world’s oceans and land should be protected by the end of the decade to stop and reverse biodiversity decline that risks the survival of humanity, according to a draft Paris-style UN agreement on nature.
Although it says solar, it includes many topics including transportation, composting toilets and greywater systems, water and air purification, and much more.
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