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Green Banks gain ground in communities struggling to turn climate pledges into action.

The Green Bank and it’s work was highlighted in an article released by the Washington Post over the holiday season that puts into focus all the work the Green Bank has been doing since it’s inception. A highlight from the article:

“Epworth United Methodist Church in Gaithersburg, Md., has long wanted to go solar.

The church’s congregants are environmentally minded and made it a point in recent years to incorporate climate change into their teachings and build gardens across the church’s five-acre plot to absorb runoff rainwater and grow edible plants. Solar panels, which could yield energy savings as the church expanded its digital services, seemed like a logical next step.

The only problem was the money.

The church would have to fork out tens of thousands of dollars upfront to buy and install solar panels on the roof of its 57-year-old sanctuary — a cost too onerous given the laundry list of other repairs and programs that needed funding. The idea stalled until the summer of 2020, when the Montgomery County Green Bank, a government-backed nonprofit entity, said it would help finance the transition to solar — at no cost to the church.”

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