• April 9, 2021
  • 12:00 - 1:00 pm EST
  • Zoom
  • Registration Closed

    Please join us on Friday, April 9 to discuss DC Green Bank’s engagement with organizations that serve communities across the District and how we can help to deliver financing options to support their leadership on clean energy and energy efficiency. We will discuss our emerging community engagement pilot initiative as we establish a clear pathway for nonprofits, faith-based institutions, and other community-based organizations to access finance for energy efficiency and systems upgrades.

    Community leader speakers included:

    – Pastor Lionel Edmonds, Pastor at Mt. Lebanon Baptist Church
    – Lem Walker, President of the Fairfax Village Community Association

    Diverse Voices in the Clean Economy

    Focus and Feedback Session

    DC Green Bank, a Washington, D.C.-based program that promotes sustainable infrastructure, has launched a loan program that supports energy-saving work within the District.

    The new program, Navigator, provides pre-development loans for community-based nonprofit organization buildings, commercial buildings, and multifamily or mixed-use properties with five or more residential units. The loans cover sustainable energy-saving projects such as bidding work, design, energy audits and benchmarking, engineering environmental-based planning meetings and other design costs.

    “Through our engagement with District residents, contractors, developers, property owners, engineers and beyond, we have identified pre-development loans as a crucial missing piece in the city’s clean energy puzzle,” DC Green Bank CEO Eli Hopson said via a statement.

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  • March 18, 2021
  • 12:00 - 1:00 pm EST
  • Zoom
  • Registration Closed
    Attendees must register to participate.

    DC Green Finance Authority (“DC Green Bank”) will conduct a regular meeting of the Board of Directors, pursuant to the Open Meetings Act, (DC Official Code §2-574(1)).

    Pre-registration is required.

    March 18 2021 Regular Meeting of the Board of Directors
  • March 10, 2021
  • 1:00 pm
  • Registration Closed

    Each month DOEE and DCRA host educational events designed to accelerate the implementation of the Clean Energy DC Act and the new building construction codes. The virtual events will be held on the second Wednesday of each month at 1pm.

    In March, the DC Green Bank team joined for a conversation about Funding Clean Energy DC: Innovative Financing Solutions for Building Retrofits.

    The District has taken decisive action to curb greenhouse gas emissions related to building energy use—which accounts for nearly 75% of all citywide GHG emissions—by passing innovative policies like the Building Energy Performance Standards and adopting stringent energy codes. Yet a lot of hard work is still ahead of us. Retrofitting existing buildings to meet the city’s climate vision can generate significant cost savings for building owners and tenants, but it can also represent a considerable investment of time and money. It will be particularly important to ensure all sectors, particularly affordable housing and class B and C buildings, have tools and resources to upgrade their facilities. Accessing new funding, leveraging existing sources, and convincing decision makers (internal and external) to invest in energy efficiency projects all play a critical role. Industry experts discussed new and innovative financing options and highlight examples of successful projects. Speakers included:

    Presentation by Theresa Backhus, Associate Director, Building Innovation Hub
    Presentation by Cullen Kasunic, Head of Finance, BlocPower
    Presentation by Marta Schantz, Senior Vice President, ULI Greenprint Center for Building Performance
    Presentation by Donald Walker, Director of Operations & Shyrah Kum, Equal Access Advocate, DC Green Bank


    The District of Columbia Green Finance Authority (d/b/a/ “DC Green Bank” or “DCGB”) is seeking expressions of interest and qualifications from service providers in the areas set forth in this Request for Qualifications (RFQ).

    Through this RFQ, DC Green Bank invites service providers interested in working with DC Green Bank with a high-level description of our institution and the service providers we anticipate engaging from time to time for the following categories of professional services for inclusion in its Professional Slate:

    • Legal Services.

    This RFQ is one means by which DC Green Bank can identify qualified and interested service providers to include in our Professional Slate. Interested service providers are invited to submit a statement of qualifications as set forth in greater detail below.

    This RFQ will remain open until DC Green Bank completes the development of its initial Professional Slate.  DC Green Bank expects to identify at least one (1) qualified service provider for inclusion in its Professional Slate from among the responses to this RFQ and may also include in its Professional Slate service providers otherwise known to it by reputation, referral, and/or in connection with a previous or existing relationship with DC Green Bank.  DC Green Bank may, from time to time, re-open its Professional Slate on a periodic and on an as needed basis.  Notwithstanding the foregoing, on occasion, it may engage a service provider not included in its Professional Slate on an expedited basis when a particular expertise is needed one or more areas of immediate consequence to DC Green Bank, and such engagements of those potential service providers may be made on a basis deemed most appropriate by DC Green Bank in its sole discretion.

    Discussions with respondents and potential respondents will be conducted on an ongoing basis until the Professional Slate is published to the DC Green Bank website.

    The decision to proceed to engage a particular provider in the Professional Slate will be made on a case-by-case basis by DC Green Bank in its sole discretion and may be pursuant to the terms of a specified engagement or on a retained services engagement basis.  Such engagements will be based on a consideration of all relevant facts and circumstances in connection with a specified need and/or project and is intended to result in the best value to DC Green Bank as determined in its sole discretion in light thereof.  In instances where DC Green Bank has more than one (1) qualified service provider for a category of need in its Professional Slate, among the factors that DC Green Bank will consider for specific and project-level engagements are service provider capacity, delivery timing, team capabilities, specified expertise, history of performance and mission alignment accountability.

    RESPONDENTS PLEASE NOTE: This RFQ does not commit DC Green Bank to select any firm(s), engage, procure or contract for any professional services. DC Green Bank reserves the right, in its sole discretion and in accordance with generally accepted good business practices, to accept or reject any or all submissions received, to negotiate with any or all qualified respondents, to request modifications to engagements in accordance with such negotiations, to request supplemental or clarifying information from respondents, to cancel or amend this RFQ, and/or to modify or supplement its Professional Slate in any manner, in part or in its entirety, at any time.

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    DC Green Bank is excited to announce the launch of a pre-development loan in DC to support customized design of sustainable improvements for commercial buildings, community-based nonprofit organization buildings, and multifamily or mixed-use properties. The product was developed by and will be offered in partnership with Inclusive Prosperity Capital, a mission-driven nonprofit investment fund specializing in clean energy, energy efficiency, and resiliency.

    The pre-development loan, named Navigator, can be used to fund costs required to design high quality energy savings projects, including energy audits and benchmarking, design, engineering, bidding work, and other sustainable design costs. Navigator loans will range from $10,000 – $250,000 or more on a case-by-case basis and fill a critical gap in the District’s sustainable funding landscape, particularly for affordable housing development.

    “Through our engagement with District residents, contractors, developers, property owners, engineers and beyond, we have identified pre-development loans as a crucial missing piece in the city’s clean energy puzzle,” said DC Green Bank CEO Eli Hopson. “We’re excited to be partnering with Inclusive Prosperity Capital to fill this financing gap and make sure that DC has investment offerings at each stage of the renewable energy and energy efficiency project lifecycle.”

    The Navigator product provides an on-ramp for District building owners as they consider financing options to upgrade their energy systems, decrease their environmental footprint, save money, and meet DC’s emerging Building Energy Performance Standards (BEPS). With 75% of the District’s emissions emanating from the building sector, these standards are designed to help the city bring emissions down by 50% by 2032 and to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. Navigator provides financial resources needed for building owners and operators, District contractors, and DC Green Bank to come together to think holistically about the evaluation and design phase of building projects.

    “The Navigator loan allows building owners to access financing for early-stage audits, benchmarking, and design for clean energy projects, which can often be a challenge,” said Kerry O’Neill, CEO of Inclusive Prosperity Capital. “DC has a proven track record of leadership on climate and energy issues, and this collaboration with DC Green Bank has the potential to unlock millions of dollars to accelerate action and climate impact.”

    The Navigator product is available now, and the DC Green Bank team is ready to initiate discussions to close the first round of deals. Additional information on the remainder of DC Green Bank’s loan and financing products can be found at https://dcgreenbank.wpengine.com/products/.


    About DC Green Bank
    DC Green Bank was established by the District’s Green Finance Authority Establishment Act of 2018. DC Green Bank develops innovative financial solutions to support District businesses, organizations, and residents in the journey to a cleaner future. DC Green Bank invests in solar energy systems, energy efficient buildings, green infrastructure, and transportation electrification in line with its values of Sustainability, Clean Economy, and Inclusive Prosperity.

    About Inclusive Prosperity Capital (IPC)
    Inclusive Prosperity Capital is a mission-drive nonprofit investment fund designed to deliver financing solutions to communities that need it most. IPC invests in clean energy and resilience in partnership with local initiatives and organizations to provide energy security, climate justice, and economic growth. Inclusive Prosperity Capital everyone should have access to the benefits of clean energy and resilience.


    Gary Decker

    External Relations Partner

    DC Green Bank



    Madeline Priest

    Senior Manager, Market Development

    Inclusive Prosperity Capital



    Next City’s Senior Economics Correspondent, Oscar Perry Abello, wrote recently about green banks:

    Green banks are part of a long tradition of using public or collective dollars to sway private investment into serving markets that it hasn’t served, or providing products it hasn’t provided before. Neither they nor the private sector can fund everything that’s needed to address climate change, but green banks exist to bring the private sector’s attention and resources to the issue in ways that it isn’t or can’t otherwise.

    Next City is a nonprofit news organization that believes journalists have the power to amplify solutions and spread workable ideas from one city to the next city. Their mission is to inspire greater economic, environmental, and social justice in cities. Next City’s civic-minded reporting makes urban places more effective, equitable and sustainable.

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    DC Green Bank CEO Eli Hopson and Chief Investment Officer Jay Lurie joined the Currents Podcast team to give an overview of the bank, why we were established, and the goals we have set for ourselves. We discuss DCGB’s available capital, priority sectors, how our financing is structured, the near-term opportunities and obstacles, and how private capital and service providers can start a discussion with the bank about working together and more.

  • March 3, 2021
  • 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
  • Microsoft Teams
  • Registration Closed
    If you are interested in joining the special meeting of the DC Green Bank Board, please email us at info@dcgreenbank.com

    DC Green Bank Board of Directors will hold a special meetingto deliberate regarding a temporary delegation of investment authority in light of a recusal for conflicts of interest. At the special meeting, the Board also intends to convene in a closed executive session to discuss confidential business information and consult with counsel in relation to particular investments.

  • March 1, 2021
  • 12:00 - 1:00 pm EST
  • Zoom
  • Registration Closed

    DC Green Bank welcomes you to join us for a conversation on our new products, initiatives, and website! This session is primarily targeted for contractors and commercial and multi-family residential property owners, but all are welcome. We are working hard to deliver innovative financing options to meet rising demand in the District to install clean energy capacity and make energy efficiency upgrades – join us to learn how we can work together.

    DC Green Bank is Ready for Business!

    DC Green Bank staff talk about our brand new pre-development loan, our new website, and our entire suite of affordable financing options for clean energy, energy efficiency, resilient design, and transportation electrification.

    To help make President Biden’s climate goals a reality, some clean energy advocates have called for the creation of a green bank to support and accelerate clean energy investments.

    While the concept hasn’t taken center stage in the Biden administration so far, one new member of the Biden administration’s climate team helped develop the blueprint for what such an institution could look like.

    Last month, Biden tapped Jahi Wise as a senior adviser for climate policy and finance on the White House Office of Domestic Climate Policy, which is led by former EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. Wise was previously policy director at the Coalition for Green Capital (GCC), a U.S.-based nonprofit that works with cities, states and international governments to set up green banks.

    At the White House, Wise’s background and expertise could help ensure that federal dollars under Biden are leveraged effectively and in a way that benefits all communities, said Eli Hopson, CEO of DC Green Bank in Washington, which works closely with the CGC.

    “Jahi has an ideal range of professional experiences — from complex legal transactions and green finance to supporting small clean energy projects at Black churches here in DC — to understand first-hand how to accelerate the country’s transition to a clean economy,” Hopson said in an email.


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  • February 1, 2021
  • 12:00 - 1:00 pm EST
  • Zoom
  • Registration Closed

    DC Green Bank and Montgomery County Green Bank joined together for an event to focus on the Commercial Loan for Energy Efficiency and Renewables (CLEER) product offered by both banks.

    Learn More About CLEER

    Joint DCGB and MCGB CLEER Event Video

    Learn more about our Commercial Loan for Energy Efficiency and Renewables (CLEER)