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Equity / Justice40: Clean Energy Funding Series


May 2023 — To ensure no communities are left behind, federal clean energy funding programs must align with President’s Justice40 initiative to help ensure that 40% of the overall benefits of clean energy and climate investments go to underserved, disadvantaged, and overburdened communities.  This impacts funding you might apply for from EPA, DOT, and DOE whether it’s for funds for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects, electric vehicle charging infrastructure, multifamily housing weatherization upgrades or new building, or workforce development. The initiative will bring resources to urban, rural, and tribal communities to help them recover from the impacts of climate change, pollution, and environmental hazards. In this webinar you will learn about the seven Justice40 investment areas, what is required to fulfill Justice40 requirements, how to prepare to address it, tools to use, and resources to assist you.

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Robin Lisowski, Managing Director of Policy, Slipstream

Robin is Managing Director of Policy at Slipstream, where she leads policy engagement and service development efforts. She has more than 20 years of experience conducting and managing technical and policy analysis projects, facilitating stakeholder engagement processes, and designing programs in public, for-profit, and nonprofit environments. She has worked directly with state and local governments and energy utilities for 18 years and in the energy
efficiency and renewable energy industry since 2008. Robin is an interdisciplinary thinker and doer with a passion for clean energy and environmental justice policy. In her work, she centers these passions with analytical rigor and always seeks to better understand human experience with, and attitudes toward, energy efficiency, electrification, and other clean energy options in buildings and transportation.

Beth Haskovec, Director, Office of Rural Prosperity, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC)

Beth joined WEDC-ORP from Rural LISC, one of the nation’s largest community development financial institutions, where she oversaw strategies and programs related to access to capital for small businesses across rural America, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. She brings a wealth of expertise in commercial real estate development, commercial corridor development, small business capital, entrepreneurship and initiatives at the intersection of arts and culture and economic development.

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Sherrie Gruder, LEED AP, UW-Madison Extension, Sustainable Design & Energy Specialist

Sherrie provides statewide education and technical assistance on sustainable community development, sustainable energy strategies, and green building to support the resilience and economic vitality of Wisconsin communities, local governments, tribes, and businesses. She delivers the Energy On Wisconsin newsletter, web site and education programs.  She authored the Solar Energy Financing Guide: Empowering Wisconsin Local Governments and assists them with energy and resilience planning and how to profitably and effectively meet their energy independent community goals.

Clean Energy Funding Series

Substantial federal funding to spur America’s transition to a clean energy economy will be available over the next few years as a result of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) and the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA). The funding for energy efficiency, renewable energy, clean energy jobs and technologies, clean transportation, and energy equity will be more accessible to a wider range of sectors than ever before. This webinar series on clean energy funding is designed to ready each sector in Wisconsin to take advantage of the opportunities that are or will be available so that you can prepare effectively to bring that money to your projects. You will learn about:

  • Federal and state funding opportunities available now and in the future
  • Using other federal and state financing and tax incentives in conjunction with federal grants
  • Preparing to apply – what you need to do
  • Accessing resources to assist

Bringing in funding will accelerate the return on investment of your clean energy project and help you earn savings sooner, while speeding up your progress toward resilience, energy independence, and carbon neutrality. This series will help you navigate the landscape of grants and finance opportunities to move forward on obtaining funding for your project.

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