PACE Green Energy & Green Buildings Forum

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VENUE CHANGE: Now at 290 Congress Street, Atlantic Wharf, the Fort Point Room. --> Property Assessed Clean Energy - PACE - financing for renewable and clean energy installations on buildings.

When: Wednesday, September 18, 2013; 8:30 - 11:30AM

Where: VENUE CHANGE: Now at 290 Congress Street, Atlantic Wharf, the Fort Point Room  

Cost: Free - Sponsored by National Grid





What is PACE financing? Generously sponsored by National Grid, USGBC MA and the City of Boston bring to you a comprehensive presentation and accessible panel of experts to answer all the questions you have on this important subject.

The Fort Point Room is in Atlantic Wharf (290 Congress St, second floor), approximately one block north and one block east of South Station: Proceed along Atlantic Ave passing the Federal Reserve on your right, cross Congress St and take a right heading toward the Channel, and 290 Congress will be on your left.


  • 8:30 a.m. – 8:40 a.m. Introductory Remarks from State Senator Brian Joyce


  • 8:40 a.m. – 9:10 a.m. Keynote Presentation: 

Genevieve Sherman, Manager, Commercial & Industrial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE)



  • 9:10 – 9:40 a.m. Keynote Address:

Derek Brown, CleanFund 


  • 9:40 – 10:50 a.m. PANEL

Moderator - Ward Strosser - ConEdison Solutions

Shawn Hesse - Architect – Emersion Design

Jeffrey Lessard - Cushman & Wakefield's Global Business Consulting Group

Nalin Kulatilaka - School of Management – Boston University

Genevieve Sherman, Manager - C-PACE

Derek Brown, CleanFund


  • 10:50 – 11:30 Q&A: open floor for questions from the audience.



Genevieve Sherman will focus on PACE program design and program options at the local municipal level and how they vary to meet the needs of individual communities and reflect differences in state laws. Genevieve will share the PACE process for a typical project beginning with a detailed energy audit that generates payback estimates for the individual energy measures identified by the audit. The property owner then decides what package of measures makes the most sense in combination with financing terms and approaches the mortgage holder for project approval for submission to the local government PACE program.


Ms. Sherman is the manager for Commercial and Industrial Property Assessed Clean Energy at the state of Connecticut's CEFIA (Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority)

Genevieve graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a Master in City Planning, where she developed innovative financing and governance strategies that engage commercial buildings in their energy production and consumption. Most recently as a consultant to Clean Energy Solutions Inc. and Earth Markets, both leading developers of energy efficiency programs in the United States, she conducted market research and outreach on behalf of utilities and state energy agencies to design new smart metering, information feedback, and energy efficiency programs. Genevieve holds a BA in Urban Studies from Columbia University.



Derek Brown will discuss PACE the financing process and show examples of real PACE projects such as the:

  • Connecticut state-wide commercial PACE program
  • California clean energy PACE program - the nation's largest
  • PACE financing for Prologis' corporate headquarters
  • Clean Fund financing for Edina, Minnesota commercial PACE program


Mr. Brown is the Managing Partner, Project Sourcing, at Clean Fund. Derek comes from the renewable energy industry where he worked with SunPower, Cogenra Solar and Fat Spaniel. Prior experience includes Apple, where he established and managed the European software business, and 3Com, where he pioneered the company's Macintosh products business. His career started in corporate finance with Smith Barney and venture capital with Whitney Ventures. Derek received his A.B. from Dartmouth College and an MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.


Produced in association with Dennis Walsh and sponsored by National Grid.



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September 18th, 2013 8:30 AM   through   11:30 AM
Event Details
Branch Metro Boston
Theme Education