The Green Bank Academy was a two-day event designed to help state energy and finance officials from around the country to learn about and discuss the establishment and coordination of state Green Banks. Leaders from over a dozen states at various stages of Green Bank development attended the Green Bank Academy.
Speakers at the Green Bank Academy included 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. Congressman Van Hollen discussed the details of his federal Green Bank legislation. Commissioner Esty described how the Connecticut Green Bank is a new, more efficient government model that has facilitated private sector growth and can be replicated in any state. Richard Kauffman led a discussion on how to build strategic alignment between a Green Bank and existing state energy policies, incentives, and organizations.