Past Events

Climate Week 2018:
Clean Tax Cuts at the
Clean Capitalist Leadership Council
September 27, 2018, 1:30-5:30pm
335 Madison Avenue, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10017

climate week nyc clean tax cuts grace richardson fundThe Clean Tax Cuts took center stage at the 2nd Annual Clean Capitalist Leadership Council meeting, held in midtown Manhattan during Climate Week 2018. We revealed more structure to our proposed Clean Asset Bond, the foundation of our idea to create a barrier free clean capital market. The Clean Asset Bond is a core component to the proposed Clean Free Market Act, that seeks to remove regulatory barriers to investment and economic participation.

The meeting also saw the New York launch of the Clean Capitalist Coalition, a growing network of policy groups who seek to break down barriers to economic participation and support pro-business and pro-environment policy solutions.

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National Clean Energy Week:
Launch of the Clean Capitalist Coalition
Sept. 26, 2018, National Press Club, Washington, DC

A growing number of policy groups are coming together to consider and evaluate a variety of policy options, thus bringing a stronger set of ideas to leaders up on Capitol Hill. Grace Richardson Fund, bringing forth the Clean Tax Cuts and Clean Asset Bond ideas, are among the founding members.

Brainstorming New Plastic Pollution Solutions:
Creating an Action Plan for Government and Business
March 5, 2018, 12-5pm, Columbia University, New York City

Attendees of the brainstorming session on plastics pollution solutions on March 5, 2018 at Columbia University.
Attendees of the brainstorming session on plastics pollution solutions on March 5, 2018 at Columbia University.

This invite-only workshop focused on solutions to the global problem of plastics pollution, and created a list of options for city and state governments as they commit to fighting the negative impact of climate change.

See Notes from Day's Session.
Visit Page: CTC by Sector - Plastics"

World Climate Summit
Taking place during COP 23:
November 14 - 16, 2017, Bonn, Germany

Exploring options for Clean Tax Cuts internationally
See photos

Clean Tax Cuts Working Group: Clean Tax Reform
November 9, 10:00am - 5:00pm

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy
National Press Building, Washington, DC
Review and refine options for potential clean tax reform

Liberty Forum & Freedom Dinner, Atlas Network

November 8, 2017 11:15am
Crowne Plaza Hotel
1605 Broadway, New York City
Ask the Funders panel

Clean Tax Cuts Working Group:

Working Meeting - Clean Tax Cuts Working Group

September 21, 2017 11:00am - 2:15pm
Jerome Greene Hall, Room 807, Columbia University Law School
435 W. 116th Street at the corner of Amsterdam Avenue
See full event details

Official Launch: Clean Capitalist Leadership Council

September 21, 2017 2:00 - 6:00pm
Jerome Greene Hall, Case Lounge - 7th Floor, Columbia University Law School
435 W. 116th Street at the corner of Amsterdam Avenue
Currently seeking proposals for research

The Atlantic Council - Tipping Points:
Finding Climate-Energy Balance

June 21 - 22, 2017: The Atlantic Council hosted a two-day conference, "Tipping Points: Finding Climate-Energy Balance," on June 21-22, 2017 in Washington, DC. Speakers and panelists included leaders from government, business, academia and public policy. CTCWG co-founder Rod Richardson delivered a speech outlining most of the clean tax cuts proposals that emerged from the charrette process earlier in the year.
Please see video on the Media page.

American Renewable Energy Institute: Aspen, Colorado

american renewable energy day, aspen, coloradoJune 19 - 24, 2017: America’s Premiere Renewable Energy Networking Event features Clean Energy World Leaders in Finance, Investment, Government, Finance, Solar, Biofuels, Geothermal, the Public and Private Sectors. The mission of AREDAY is — To create vibrant and powerful cross-sector dialogue, commitments, collaborations and investments that foster climate change solutions at the speed and scale necessary to phase out fossil fuels, and usher in a rapid transition to a new, clean energy economy.

Clean Tax Cuts Wowrking Group co-founder Rod Richardson participated in panel discussions at AREDay 2017, joined by past charrette participants and other respected experts.
Please see video on the Media page.

Earth Day Texas 2017

Earth Day Texas 2017, Dallas, TX, Clean Tax CutsApril 19 - 22, 2017: Our Clean Capitalism Forum generated a lot of buzz at Earth Day Texas 2017 in Dallas. Members of the Clean Tax Cuts Working Group have committed to continue their research. Please note: Earth Day Texas has expanded to other regions and is now known as EarthX..

April 22-23, 2017 - Earth Day Texas: Clean Capitalism Forum - See Agenda
Fair Park, Dallas, Texas

We were joined by many partners, friends and not-for-profits who participate in the Clean Tax Cuts charrette process. At these charrettes we showcase the salient findings from the other charrettes, and explore ways to distill and enhance these findings into a cohesive policy. Click to email us now!

The Clean Tax Cuts Working Group, collaboratively instigated by the Grace Richardson Fund, The Sabin Center at Columbia University, and others mentioned below, convened a “Charrette of Charrettes” at the Clean Capitalism Challenge, exploring specific new proposals using the new “clean tax cuts” (CTC) concept to accelerate capital to clean solutions economy-wide.

Over the weeks and months leading up to Earth Day, a series of seven policy design charrettes (expert-level working groups) convened around the country, crafting simple, high-impact CTC proposals for the following markets and sectors: green bonds (Columbia University), commercial real estate (American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy), agriculture & forestry (The Nature Conservancy), the power sector (American Renewable Energy Institute), clean tech (Arizona State University), oil & gas (One Step In Foundation and the American Sustainable Business Council, held at the University of Colorado-Boulder), and transportation (R Street Institute).

The CTCWG researches how clean capital acceleration, unleashed by tax cuts, can accelerate clean energy and other innovative clean solutions through higher profits. Consider yourself challenged! We invite your participation at any level. Bring your best ideas. The Clean Tax Cuts Working Group wants our feedback and comments, and most importantly, your input in designing new policy concepts and taking them to the next level.

Charrettes 2017

The Charrette* Leaders and their teams are have posted reports from each sector specific charrette held in the Spring of 2017, and publishing this research effort is ongoing.
Charrette: an intense meeting attended by a number of people focused on a particular topic.

April 14, 2017 - Transportation Panel on Capitol Hill
R Street Institute, Washington, DC

In this gathering on Capitol Hill, Ian Adams of R Street and his panel of experts discuss the problems using current fuel economy standards, and on how clean tax cuts might drive innovation toward cleaner transportation alternatives.  Transportation, which already has many globally accepted standards with which to measure carbon reductions, may see the first real world application of Clean Tax Cuts.
(Invitation | Discussion Paper)

April 9-10, 2017 - Oil and Gas Charrette,
One Step In Foundation, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO

The One Step In Foundation (1Si) in conjunction with The American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) have organized a Clean Tax Cut (CTC). The meeting will be hosted by the Getches – Wilkinson Center at the University of Colorado School of Law.
(Email Team)

April 4, 2017 - Clean Tech Charrette
Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

Bill Brandt at ASU shines a light on new technologies, and how they might benefit from the application of Clean Tax Cuts.
(Email Team)

April 3, 2017 - Agriculture, Forestry and Land Use Charrette
The Nature Conservancy, Washington, DC

Carbon sequestration, forestry and open space conservation and management will be on the agenda, shepherded by The Nature Conservancy.
(See Invitation | RSVP | Agenda | Discussion Paper)

March 27, 2017 - Power Sector Charrette
American Renewable Energy Institute, Aspen, CO

This small group of non-partisan experts in government, finance, technology, efficiency and the environment  will explore the potential power of Clean Tax Cuts on the Wind and Solar industries, and identify opportunities and barriers to its implementation.
(Discussion Paper | Straw Proposals | Email Team)

March 23, 2017 - Commercial Real Estate Charrette
American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, Washington, DC

Steve Nadel, Executive Director of ACEEE, leads this charrette which focuses on buildings and explores how greater energy efficiency can reward investors, owners and perhaps even tenants with lower tax rates.
(Agenda | Discussion Paper | Email Team)

March 6, 2017 - Green Bonds Charrette
Columbia University, New York City

Professor Travis Bradford has taken an important leadership role in organizing this charrette and kicking off this unique public policy process.
(Agenda | Discussion Paper | Email Team | Report Coming Soon!)

November 12, 2016: COP 22, United Nations Climate Summit
Marrakech, Morocco
The Kingdom of Morocco invited Rod Richardson to present the global release of the inaugural Clean Tax Cuts Charrette Report at the COP 22 Global Climate Finance Summit in Marrakech, Morocco, on November 12, 2016.

rod-lectern-cop22-800x719At this forum Rod Richardson announced the Earth Day Texas - Clean Capitalism Challenge, which encourages others to get involved in developing pro-capitalism policies that can combat climate change. In Africa, Rod participated with hundreds of others, focusing on the financial impact of implementing the climate change goals targeted within the 2015 UN Paris accords.


September 23, 2016: Inaugural Charrette
Columbia University, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law
Thirty-five experts in economics, public policy, climate and finance convened for a charrette at Columbia University on September 23, 2016, at the invitation of Rod Richardson, Rocky Mountain Institute and The Sabin Center for Climate Change Law.

Together, we explored the potential impact of a new concept, Clean Tax Cuts - the application of supply-side capital tax rate cuts to “clean” decarbonizing investments. We invite you to review the CTC Charrette Report, and join us as we seek to pioneer new free market solutions that can transform capitalism into clean capitalism.
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CTC Presentations

Earth Day Texas - Clean Capitalism Challenge 2017, announced at COP 22: Global Climate Finance Action Summit, Marrakech, Morocco, November 12, 2016
The Clean Capitalism Challenge begins now.

UN Climate Change Summit, COP 22: Global Climate Finance Action Summit, Marrakech, Morocco, November 12, 2016
Clean Tax Cuts debuts on the international stage within the finance-oriented forum.
See Summit Brochure

Chip Comins of the American Renewable Energy Institute leads the panel discussion on conservative tax policy with Rod Richardson (speaking) and others at COP 22.
Chip Comins of the American Renewable Energy Institute leads the panel discussion during the UN Global Climate Finance Action Summit with Rod Richardson (speaking), Michael Eckhart and others at COP 22.

SUSTYBIZ 2016, September 2016, Washington, DC
In support of the American Sustainable Business Institute's educational mission, Rod explained the Clean Tax Cuts concept at the conference in Washington, DC.
See Conference outline

Republican National Convention 2016, July 2016, Cleveland, OH
As part of the American Sustainable Business Institute's outreach efforts, Rod outlined the Clean Tax Cuts concept at a meeting held offsite at a local university during the convention.
See Conference outline

AREDay 2016, June 2016, Aspen, CO
The Clean Tax Cuts concept was introduced publicly at the American Renewable Energy Institute's vibrant annual conference in Aspen, CO in a presentation and a panel discussion.
See video excepts from the Green Conservatives Panel
See full presentation