The program integrates several innovative approaches including:
Kerry O'Neill is the co-founder and president of Earth Markets. She is an executive with over 20 years of progressive management experience in diverse sectors including direct marketing, e-commerce, business outsourcing services, and financial services holding increasingly senior roles in operations, strategy and marketing. Kerry is also the executive director of the Clean Energy Finance Center, a non-profit organization that develops innovative approaches to attract greater private and public sector capital to finance large-scale energy efficiency, renewable energy and carbon reduction initiatives.
Bryan Garcia is the co-founder and chief community officer of Earth Markets. He is an executive with over 10 years of progressive management experience in the energy, environment and economic development sectors within organizations that operate in the public, private, non-profit and academic sectors. Bryan is the program director of the Yale Center for Business and the Environment, an initiative of the Yale School of Management and the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies that prepares environmental leaders for business and society to solve the problems that matter.
The grant is administered by the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund and the program is managed by Earth Markets and draws resources and experience from several partner organizations, including the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund, Celtic Energy, Clean Water Fund, EMpower Devices/MIT, Mobile Genius, SmartPower, Snugg Home and the Student Conservation Association.
The Connecticut Neighbor to Neighbor Energy Challenge is a community energy savings program made possible by a $4.17 million Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant from the U.S. Department of Energy through the BetterBuildings program, funded as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
The Blueprint for Efficiency series is supported by the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, Yale University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Energy Club. The series will take place from November 2010 through May 2011. It will be free and open to the public through online webcasts that will be conducted on a weekly basis from 12pm to 1pm EST. Each presentation will be recorded and made available to the global community through Yale University on iTunes U