Clean Energy San Diego Welcomes Former Costa Rican President Jose Maria Figueres

Carbon War Room president to highlight top global strategies for local economic growth and job creation

27 Jun, 2012, 10:00 ET from Ygrene Energy Fund

SAN DIEGO, June 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Ygrene Energy Fund, a leading provider of clean energy finance programs for local governments, tomorrow welcomes former president of Costa Rica and current president of global nonprofit the Carbon War Room Jose Maria Figueres to its Clean Energy San Diego event at San Diego's Westin Gaslamp Quarter. Together with local businesses and community leaders, Figueres will share leading market-driven strategies from around the world that will create thousands of local jobs and inject millions of dollars into San Diego's economy.


A partner of the Carbon War Room, Ygrene brings together local governments, building owners, contractors and financial institutions to facilitate building energy retrofits in California and nationwide through a mechanism that President Obama has argued is "one of the fastest, easiest and cheapest ways" to save money and reduce pollution. The impacts are tremendous: every $100 million spent on energy upgrades in San Diego is projected to create 1,500 jobs, generate $250 million in economic stimulus and drive $25 million in local tax revenue.

Following opening remarks, Figueres will be joined by local leaders representing the vision of San Diego's clean energy initiatives, including the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, the U.S. Green Building Council and Cleantech San Diego. The event is open to the public and tickets are available for purchase via Clean Energy San Diego at:


Jose María Figueres, president of Carbon War Room & former president of Costa Rica

Murat Armbruster, senior advisor of Carbon War Room

Paul Webster, vice president of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce

Jim Waring, president of Cleantech San Diego

Dan Schaefer, president of Ygrene Energy Fund

Crystal Crawford, former mayor of Del Mar

Note: Participants will available throughout the day for interviews


"Clean Energy San Diego: Global Vision, Local Impact"


The Westin Gaslamp Quarter

San Diego Ballroom

910 Broadway Circle

San Diego, CA 92101


Thursday, June 28

8:30a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

About Ygrene Energy Fund

Ygrene Energy Fund is the leading developer and administrator of clean energy finance programs throughout the US. In partnership with the PACE Commercial Consortium, Ygrene has unlocked $550 million of private funding for affordable, immediately accessible financing for commercial and residential energy upgrades at no upfront costs. Over the next five years, Ygrene-funded renewable energy and efficiency programs are projected to bring tens of thousands local jobs, millions invested in local businesses, and massive reductions in greenhouse gases.

About the Carbon War Room

The Carbon War Room harnesses the power of entrepreneurs to unlock gigaton-scale, market-driven solutions to climate change. Over 50% of the climate change challenge can be addressed today — and profitably — under existing policy and technology conditions. We seek to facilitate a better flow of capital to entrepreneurial solutions that make economic sense right now.

SOURCE Ygrene Energy Fund