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Bezos Earth Fund Announces $791 Million in Initial Grants

On November 16, 2020 Jeff Bezos announced (via a post on Instagram, embedded below) the first recipients of grants from the Bezos Earth Fund. As reported by outlets including CNBC, the complete list of recipients and the grants amount are as follows:


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Welcome to the new Green VC

Welcome to the new Green VC. This site has been redesigned to be mobile-friendly and will have new content coming soon. Stay tuned for updates!

Featured Green Jobs – September 12, 2017

Below are featured green job opportunities for September 12, 2017.

Is your organization hiring? E-mail leonard [at] or call 510-768-7011 for information on how your job can be listed.

* Project Coordinator, Future of Fish (Portland, OR)
* Communications Director, Sailors for the Sea (Newport, RI)
* Traceability Project Manager, Future of Fish (Location Flexible)
* Associate Director, The Cornucopia Institute (Location Flexible)
* Executive Director, Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust (Rangeley, ME)
* Head of Blended Finance Initiative, Rare (Asia; extensive travel required)
* Field Technician, Watershed Conservation Resource Center (Fayetteville, AR)
* Farmer Training Program Manager, New Entry Sustainable Farming Project (Lowell, MA)
* Environment and Sustainability – Strategic Advisor, Seattle Parks and Recreation (Seattle, WA)
* Deputy Director, US SIF: The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment (Washington, DC)

Cleantech Job Fair in SF on February 10

The Cleantech Open will be hosting a job fair on Friday, February 10, 2017. This event is part of Cleantech Week, a weeklong program which will spotlight global cleantech innovation and entrepreneurship at over 10 events during five days in San Francisco.

The Cleantech job fair will be at the PG&E Energy Center (851 Howard Street) and is free for job seekers, but advance registration is required. The fair will include career-related workshops and events throughout the day.

Employers interested in participating in the job fair should contact Anna Casas at

[cross-posted from Green Collar Blog]

Reminder: Echoing Green Deadline is January 5, 2015

Echoing Green

A brief reminder — January 5, 2015 is the deadline for applying for the 2015 Echoing Green Fellowship. Echoing Green provides seed funding for social entreprenuers to launch new organizations.  Thusfar, Echoing Green has invested more than $36 million in seed funding to more than 600 social entrepreneurs and their organizations. 

Here are some helpful links for those considering applying:

* Learn more about the Echoing Green Fellowship Programs:

* Sign up to receive information and application support:

* Visit the Echoing Green Application Guidance page to prepare:

Free Expo Pass to Intersolar North America 2014

Intersolar North America 2008

Intersolar North America will take place from July 8-10, 2014 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, California. This event will include informative conference sessions and exhibit hall with hundreds of exhibitors. New in 2014, ASES will hold their annual conference in conjunction with Intersolar. Until May 10, 2014 you can obtain a free Intersolar exhibit hall pass by registering here.

[cross-posted from Green Collar Blog]

EnergySavvy Raises $3 Million

EnergySavvy, a Seattle-based software company providing solutions that increase the effectiveness of utility and governmental energy efficiency programs nationwide, announced today that it obtained $3 million in a new financing round. The company also announced the addition of Pivotal Investments’ Managing Director Bradley Zenger to its board of directors. 

Pivotal Investments, a cleantech-focused venture capital firm based in Portland, Oregon, led the financing round alongside other Pacific Northwest investors including Summit Capital and investors from the Northwest Energy Angels.  EnergySavvy said that it will use this investment to accelerate product development and increase its field presence to enhance its customer service.

“We’re innovating with our customers to transform the way energy efficiency is quantified and delivered,” Aaron Goldfeder, EnergySavvy’s CEO and Co-Founder, said. “Our software is increasingly becoming the obvious choice for energy efficiency programs because it helps achieve more energy efficiency gains per ratepayer dollar with increased transparency and accountability.”

“Utility energy efficiency spending has grown by an average of 25 percent per year over the last five years, to $6 billion in 2011, providing a compelling market opportunity,” Zenger said. “We believe EnergySavvy is an emerging leader, bringing innovative, valuable, software solutions to an industry that increasingly demands real-time, data driven transparency, measurement and results.” 

In the past 12 months, EnergySavvy has won business with utilities such as Puget Sound Energy, Black Hills Energy and Long Island Power Authority.  During this time EnergySavvy has doubled its team size and opened an office in Boston to serve its growing East Coast customer base. It also released its Program Optix software platform, which enables utilities to optimize their programs using real-time analytics.

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“Legal Issues in Launching a Cleantech Startup” Part of UC Hastings Cleantech Roundtable on April 13 (Free Event)

UC Hastings Cleantech Roundtable

The 3rd Annual UC Hastings Cleantech Roundtable will take place on April 13 at the UC Hastings School of Law in San Francisco.  Registration is free for this all-day event, which will features panels on topics including "Legal Issues in Launching a Cleantech Startup."  The specific panels are:

Panel 1: Startup 101: Legal Issues in Launching a Cleantech Startup
This panel will explore the numerous important legal issues facing cleantech startups. These topics will include: the main legal steps in establishing a cleantech business, including corporate structure, founders shares, compensation issues, and others; structuring early stage financing; the investor’s perspective, including how investors evaluate a business idea, pitching venture capitalists, trends in VC funding, and the amount of early stage funding available; and how to manage intellectual property, including patenting and protecting your business ideas. 

Panel 2: Making the Desert Bloom: Key Issues in Developing Renewable Energy Projects
This panel will address the unique legal challenges involved in developing a utility-scale renewable energy project. This panel will discuss: the governmental programs to incentivize renewable energy development; the unique risks inherent in renewable energy projects; how those risks are allocated in the key project contracts; negotiating the Power Purchase Agreement (PPA); and structuring financing for renewable energy projects. 

Panel 3: The Legal Minefield: Mergers and Acquisitions in the Cleantech Industry
This panel will address the current trend toward consolidation in the cleantech industry and how the parties can navigate what has been called a legal minefield of requirements on the way to successfully closing a deal. The topics will include: an update on recent M&A activity in the cleantech industry; an overview of the steps in the M&A process; common M&A deal structures; recent examples of successful cleantech transactions and how the parties evaluated the business case for the deal; negotiating the key terms of the M&A agreements; and legal requirements for public companies, including legal duties of corporate directors and compliance with federal securities laws.

Additional information and registration is available on the event website.

Crowdfunding Sources

The sites listed below enable entrepreneurs, non-profits, and their supporters to solicit funds from individuals (“the crowd”) via the internet. Some of these sites also enable you to invest in social good projects, such as solar installations. If you have suggestions for this list please send an e-mail to info [at]

Also, if you are exploring crowdfunding options, this chart from Cutting Edge Capital (PDF) provides a helpful overview.

Coming soon! A platform for crowdfunding for social good

General crowdfunding platorms

Green/social entrepreneur/non-profit platorms

  • Causes – Provides an online fundraising platform (including leveraging Facebook) for nonprofits and other causes.
  • CauseVox – Enables nonprofits and other causes to create online fundraising campaigns.
  • Cutting Edge Capital – Firm offers Direct Public Offering (a method of investment crowdfunding).
  • Divvy – Sustainability crowdfunding.
  • FirstGiving – Enables non-profit supporters to create their own fundraising page to raise money for the cause of their choice.
  • Greenfunder – A crowd funding platform for green, sustainable, and related projects.
  • Green Fundraising – Crowdfunding for sustainability and healthy living projects; pilot project from Green VC.
  • GridShare – Launched in August, 2014
  • Mosaic – Crowdfunding for solar.
  • Razoo – A crowdfunding platform for non-profits and charities that allows individuals, organizations, corporations, and foundations to set up a fundraising page to raise money for their own cause or their other cause of choice. 
  • Return on Change – Investment-based crowdfunding platform.
  • Start Some Good – Connects social entrepreneurs with crowd funded venture capital.
  • SunFunder – Crowdfunding for solar projects.
  • – Crowdfunding for environmental projects.

– This list was initially prepared by Rob Stewart, and has been updated by Leonard Adler.

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