Profile of Lori Grace
Pioneer Philanthropist, and Marin Clean Energy Supporter and Investor
Interviewed on February 20, 2011, by Ann Hancock, Climate Protection
Lori provided a $300,000 loan, a $25,000 contribution and lots of hands-on work to get Marin Clean Energy launched. What's her background? What inspired her? And looking back, what advice does she have for other communities?
"My deepest drive is to create a planet that sustains life - a decent place for my son and other people's children to live. The only way I give my life peace and purpose is to dedicate myself to this. I would like my tombstone to read, 'Made a profound contribution to the health of the planet and to peace in the hearts of many people."
"Marin Clean Energy (MCE) was a way I could fulfill my deepest drive and dedication to create a planet that sustains life. I talked to my investment advisor about making a loan to Marin Clean Energy, and thought it looked great. Despite this, I definitely felt that my money was at risk. The only way I could deal with this was to get actively involved in making MCE happen. I signed on to the program early, attended Board meetings, donated gifts for raffles and worked at booths helping to fight Prop. 16. In January of this year, my loan was paid back in full plus interest. I was recognized for my support by MCE."
"My advice for leaders in other communities is to create a business plan, follow Marin's model to access existing sources of renewable energy, and build community support by getting the word out to people including through the media. Let potential customers know that they can have green energy without putting out any more money. Launching a Community Choice Aggregation in other communities might be easier than it was in Marin for a number of reasons, so be bold."