Greg Kats


Greg Kats

Greg has played substantial roles in developing the energy efficiency and green building industries, and is a long-time thought leader, innovator and investor in the transition to a low carbon economy. He is President of Capital E which works with cities, corporations and financial institutions to design, scale and implement clean energy and low carbon strategies. Capital E invests in early stage cleantech and green firms. Greg is Managing Director of ARENA Investments LLC and a former manager in Clean Feet.

Greg previously served as Managing Director of Good Energies, a multi-billion dollar global clean energy PE/VC fund, where he led investments in smart grid, energy efficiency, green materials and green buildings. He served for 5 years as the Director of Financing for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at the US Department of Energy. Greg was the Founding Chair of IPMVP and built it into the international energy and water efficiency design and verification standard for more than $50 billion in building efficiency upgrades. He recently helped design the World Bank’s large new green building financing program. Greg is a founder of both the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) and the country’s first green bank. In 2011 he was the first recipient of the US Green Building Council’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

Greg Chairs the Congressionally established committee guiding the greening of 430,000 federal buildings, serves on the Mayor’s Green Ribbon Committee guiding the greening of the District of Columbia, and served on a National Academy of Sciences board on strengthening US global competitiveness. He earned an MBA from Stanford University and a BA from UNC-Chapel Hill as a Morehead Scholar, and is the author of Greening Our Built World. Greg serves on a half dozen boards and regularly testifies on clean energy, green and financing issues. A solar PV system powers his DC home and an eclectic hybrid car.

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Keith Glassbrook

Graduate Associate

He has extensive experience in environmental analysis and life cycle assessment. Recently, his life cycle assessment and feasibility study of small wind power in Thailand was published in Energy for Sustainable Development. He supported EPA’s biogenic CO2 emissions ruling and analyzed the environmental impacts of biofuels while at RTI International. His background is rounded out with experience supporting solar renewable energy credit documentation at a VC funded solar firm in Washington, DC and securing funding and supporting the launch of a campus-wide bikeshare program at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Keith holds a BS in Environmental Science from UNC-CH, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa with highest distinction. He is currently pursuing an MEM at the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University and an MBA at Kenan–Flagler Business School at UNC-CH.

Grace Buie

Research Associate

Grace studies Economics and Environmental Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill as a Morehead-Cain Scholar. She is interested in financially viable ways to implement sustainability measures that mitigate climate change and increase quality of life. Grace is a member of the State and External Affairs branch of UNC Student Government and serves on the Chapel Hill Town Council Sustainability Advisory Board.