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December, 2009:
ECG Managing Director David Heppe is interviewed for the first annual executive review and awards edition of Climate Change Business Journal (CCBJ.) An excerpt:
CCBJ: The recession has been tough on the climate change industry and its investors. How has the recession changed institutional investors' expectations?
David Heppe: One thing that has not changed is that investors do not expect to receive lower returns on their cleantech investments, just because they're doing something good for the environment. They expect market rate returns similar to other technology investments. Other than that, I think investors generally see the climate change industry as a good long-term area for investment, and therefore it has been hit less hard than some other sectors.

Full interview ....

October 19, 2009:
ECG and partner Origo, Inc. have been selected by the U.S. State Department to develop public-private partnerships to catalyze clean technology deployment in India and China. The program, as part of the Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development & Climate, seeks to connect viable clean technology companies and clean infrastructure projects with sources of public and private funding, business partners, and government programs. The program intends to advance the development and market adoption of low carbon technologies to materially impact climate change. Download press release.

ECG and partner Origo Global Business Advisors hosted a Cleantech India Roundtable with the UC Berkeley Center for Executive Education's Berkeley India Joint Leadership for Energy and the Environment (BIJLEE) program on the UC Berkeley campus in Berkeley, Ca. The roundtable built on the research and idea/deal flow from the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, and focused on specific deal streams to enable senior level discussion to engage comprehensive mechanisms needed to refine and bring deals to scale: Innovative technologies, policy frameworks, disruptive business and investment models, and legal and IP perspectives. Details can be found at the BIJLEE event website.

September 22, 2009:
Bryan Martel attends the UN Leadership Forum on Climate Change in New York City during Climate Week. He signs onto the UN Seal the Deal! campaign, providing a CEO testimonial expressing why he supports an effective climate agreement.


September 7, 2009:
ECG signs the Copenhagen Communique, a progressive statement from the international business community in support of "an ambitious, robust, effective and equitable UN climate framework. It offers a progressive global consensus on the shape of an agreement, and warns that business will suffer if a credible deal is not reached in Copenhagen."

September 1, 2009:
ECG signs letter to President Obama urging the adoption of key steps needed to develop the national market for building energy efficiency and a 'high-road' industry to serve it through the Emerald Cities Partnership. The Emerald Cities Partnership's overarching mission is to "green" U.S. cities and metropolitan areas in ways that advance equal opportunity, shared wealth, and democracy within them. Their first project is the comprehensive retrofit of America's urban building stock.

September, 2009:
CalPERS releases private equity fund commitments and performance through March 31, 2009 for the PCG Clean Energy and Technology Fund.

May 20, 2009:
The Prairie Trust of London, England again recognized ECG's work with the University of Cambridge's Programme for Sustainability Leadership in promoting sustainability amongst pensions and sovereign funds and honored ECG with another grant to support their pro-bono work in this area.

April 24, 2009:
State Treasurer Bill Lockyer and the California State Treasury announced today that they have purchased US$ 300 million of World Bank green bonds. This is a milestone and an important P8 success in unlocking funds for climate projects and in demonstrating California's willingness to invest internationally in sustainability. See the World Bank's Press Release. See the story in Responsible Investor.

February, 2009:
Bryan Martel is interviewed for Majora Carter's ECO HEROES web series for The Sundance Channel.

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