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Gregory H Kats

Capital E
Greg has played a substantial role in developing the clean energy and green building industries as a long-time thought leader and impact investor in the transition to a low carbon economy. He founded the Smart Surface Coalition in 2019 to accelerate city investment in low carbon resilience. The coalition includes 40 partners such as the American Institute of Architects, the National League of Cities and the American Planning Association. He is President of Capital E which works with governments, cities, corporations and financial institutions to design, scale and implement clean energy and decarbonization. He serves as the Sustainability and Energy Advisor for Redbrick LLC, which is developing 7 million square feet of zero carbon mixed use construction.
Greg served as Managing Director of Good Energies, a several billion-dollar global clean energy PE/VC fund investing in a broad range of clean energy and low carbon firms. He served for 5 years as the Director of Financing for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at the US Department of Energy. Greg played a large role in designing and developing LEED, the green building standard and received the first US Green Building Council Lifetime Achievement Award.  He was the Founding Chairman of IPMVP and built the protocol into the global energy and water efficiency design and verification standard for $50 billion in building upgrades. He received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Alliance to Save Energy for his work with IMPVP and other efforts that expanded the energy efficiency industry. Greg chaired a congressionally established advisory board which guided the greening and energy efficiency of 430,000 federal buildings, and served on a National Academy of Sciences board which strengthened US global competitiveness.  He served as the co-developer and Founding Chairman of the CarbonStar standard- the first international standard on carbon in concrete. He is a founder of both the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) and the country’s first green bank.
Greg is the author of several widely referenced studies on the cost effectiveness of greening infrastructure, including the book Greening Our Built World; Costs Benefits and Strategies. He consults and testifies on topics related to impact investing, renewable energy, green cities, and financing issues, including recently before/with the US Congress, the World Bank, the UN, and the National Academy of Sciences. Greg earned an MBA from Stanford University and is a Certified Energy Manager. He has served on a dozen clean energy corporate boards. Solar PV powers his family home and electric car.

My Speakers Sessions

Thursday, October 8

4:45pm PDT