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Webinar – Increasing Black Business Participation in Clean Energy: An Economic Imperative and Opportunity
March 8 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Join part-two of this webinar series to hear from CDFI leaders of color, green financing experts, and government leaders about the variety of financial sources and opportunities, and how your organization can access them and share them with your clients and communities.
The African American Alliance of CDFI CEOs, Emerald Cities Collaborative, and Prosperity Now have partnered to deliver this high impact, timely, two-part webinar series. The series is designed to increase the participation of Black-led Community Development Finance Institutions (CDFIs) and entrepreneur serving organizations (ESOs) in the clean energy space.
Record climate mitigation spending on the part of the U.S. government through bills such as the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and the Inflation Reduction Act, coupled with Administrative measures such as Justice 40, have created a window of opportunity that can foster economic and wealth building opportunities for Black people and communities. But we must act fast to bring the organizations that capitalize and support Black businesses into the fold. Otherwise, these wealth-building opportunities may be lost forever. Black-led CDFI’s and ESO’s can play a critical role in ensuring that these billions in community investment dollars not only foster investments in Black and Brown communities, but that the money made off these investments, directly benefits the Black businesses and communities that are represented in our nation’s extreme wealth disparities.
Confirmed speaker list includes:
Lenwood Long, President and CEO, The African American Alliance of CDFI CEOs
Dr. Bakeyah Nelson, Climate justice expert
Trenton Allen, CEO, Sustainable Capital Advisors
Donnell Baird, CEO and Founder, BlocPower
Stephen Brown II, Founder of the Clean Energy Fund of Texas
Watchen Bruce, President & CEO, Baltimore Community Lending, Inc