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🚨 SPECIAL EP: #173 Breaking Down GGRF and $20B into ClimateTech w/ Franz Hochstrasser (Raise Green, S2 Strategies)

🚨 SPECIAL EP: #173 Breaking Down GGRF and $20B into ClimateTech w/ Franz Hochstrasser (Raise Green, S2 Strategies)

🌎 Welcome back to the CleanTechies PodLetter, SPECIAL EP edition 🚨

Today, we’re breaking down the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund. 🔎

To do that, we are talking to Franz Hochstrasser from S2 Strategies & Raise Green

The Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GGRF) is a generational government program deploying $27B into clean energy projects across the US. But what is the bill really?

Franz Hochstrasser is an expert in financing projects in low-income areas and has a wealth of experience working on climate for the government - both of which are KEY for GGRF.

Franz started his career “giving his 20s” to the government, and with that doing some amazing work as the Special Advisor to the Special Envoy for Climate Change, Deputy Associate Director at the Council of Environmental Quality, and at the USDA.

Since then, Franz founded Raise Green where he democratizes the ability to invest in climate solution projects. Through this, he is an expert in sustainable finance for inclusive growth and financing projects for low-income residents.

He joined S2 Strategies to navigate GGRF and other landmark legislative movements. And it was an absolute blast to have him on.

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📝 Show Notes:


  • 01:55 Introduction and Background of Franz Hochstrasser  

  • 03:43 Understanding the GGRF

  • 06:39 The Structure of the GGRF

  • 08:54 Role of Green Banks in Climate Finance  

  • 13:32 Franz's Experience with the Obama Administration and the Paris Agreement  

  • 20:52 Community-Driven Financing and Raise Green  

  • 27:16 Impact of GGRF on Vulnerable and Low-Income Communities  

  • 31:06 Stories of Successful Community Solar and Green Projects


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