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| ||E2 San Diego Chapter Director, Elizabeth McPhail, speaks at the Building a Greener San Diego event on February 19, 2011. Photo Courtesy of E2 Archives.|
On February 22, E2 San Diego co-hosted a kick-off event on “Building a Greener San Diego,” which also marked the launch of the US Green Chamber of Commerce. David Steel, President of the San Diego Green Chamber of Commerce opened the proceedings by announcing that his organization has morphed into a new national organization: “Expanding our presence by becoming the US Green Chamber allows us to bring our message of advocacy and sustainability to help more businesses across the country.” The Chamber is actively building partnerships with groups like E2. (read more about the Green Chamber here
; Chapter Director Lee Stein is also quoted in this article
Peter Malik, Director at the NRDC’s Center for Market Innovation (CMI), then spoke about projects currently underway to stimulate commercial building retrofits. CMI has worked closely with the Mayor’s office to create the New York City Energy Efficiency Finance Corporation which will leverage $37.5 million of Federal stimulus funding to attract an additional $200 million of private and foundation funding for retrofits. A second project, undertaken in collaboration with Johnson Controls and funded by the Goldman Sachs Foundation, is measuring the value of energy savings as an asset against which money could be lent.
During the Q&A session, Mr. Malik addressed the barriers to development of renewable energy in the US, echoing Deutsche Bank’s assessment that the US lacks “TLC” – transparency, longevity, and consistency. The absence of those elements will be a strong deterrent against investment in the US renewable energy sector.
Elizabeth McPhail, E2 San Diego Chapter Director, set out the chapter’s advocacy priorities around storm water runoff and retrofit finance, and described E2’s regional and federal work more broadly. She closed by thanking the event co-sponsors: California Center for Sustainable Energy, the U.S. Green Chamber, and CleanTech San Diego.
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