Bryan Garcia and Sara Harari: The Key to a Greener Tomorrow
Introducing Bryan Garcia and Sara Harari
The CT Green Bank was the first of its kind in the US, and has generated over $2.4bn in green investment and abated millions of tonnes of CO2e by de-risking private finance, bringing stakeholders together, and pioneering approaches to local clean investment.
Its President and Founder is Bryan Garcia, and Sara Harari is Associate Director of Innovation and Strategy Advisor to the President.
The fascinating conversation with Chris Caldwell takes place at Yale and covers a wide range of questions and delivers us an amazing insight into the philosophy of Green Banks and this Green Bank in particular:
… having a vision of a planet protected by the love of humanity, is that you can't have environmentalism without humanitarianism.
… you can't save the trees by avoiding people. It is fundamentally about caring about each other. If we do that, then we are going to solve the climate crisis. But we have to be able to put our arms around each other first and then mobilize capital investment … to deliver the results that we're after.
But I think that's, you know, the vision of the Connecticut Green Bank…
The highlights of this episode include:
Section one: The CT Green Bank mission
Section two: How Green Banks train private markets
Section three: From renewables to environmental infrastructure
Section four: Innovation and climate justice at the local level
Section five: Selling cleantech in red states: spreading the Green Bank model
Section six: IRA: layered incentives and smart design
Section seven: Financing climate resilience
Section eight: Elections, wishlists, and sourcing meaning
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We talk about how the scope of the challenge before us is beyond that of any one individual or any one solution. We listen to thinkers, researchers, policymakers, and business leaders. They discuss a diversity of ideas and solutions to global climate and environmental issues and why they matter.
Season 2 is presented by Chris Caldwell and produced by UNITED RENEWABLES in association with LONDON BUSINESS SCHOOL, ALUMNI ENERGY CLUB.