Meet Ken LaRoe (02:03)
Hazel Henderson discusses the need for financial reform and introduces First Green Bank founder Ken LaRoe.
Starting a Green Bank (02:53)
LaRoe discusses combining traditional financial skills with environmental values to found a financial institution—the FDIC’s last charter granted in Florida since 2008.
Values-Based Banking (01:26)
LaRoe tries to keep investors satisfied while maintaining an environmental mission; 10% of loans go to sustainable projects such as solar panels for homeowners.
Solar Panel Loans (02:28)
Henderson and LaRoe discuss homeowner options for installing renewable energy systems in different states.
Fossil Fuel Politics (02:19)
Henderson discusses how oil company subsidies have prevented renewable energy from succeeding in the U.S. since Jimmy Carter promoted solar power systems in the '70s.
Green Architecture Model (02:32)
LaRoe describes energy efficiency features and recycled materials in his LEED certified bank building.
Solar Power Innovation (02:06)
Henderson describes a company marketing "umbrellas" that produce electricity for electric vehicle parking lots.
Green Architecture and Health (01:37)
LaRoe describes indoor environmental quality features in his LEED certified bank building.
Political Support for Green Banking (02:25)
LaRoe's Orlando area business is endorsed by local representatives. Henderson compares climate change denial in Congress to sustainability initiatives in other countries.
Promoting Economic Sustainability (03:31)
LaRoe and Henderson discuss how to spread alternatives such as green banking, publicly owned banks, credit unions, and community development financial groups.
Bypassing Wall Street (02:51)
Henderson calls for sustainable financial alternatives to "too big to fail" banks, and commends LaRoe on his Florida green banking initiative.
Credits: Green Banking and Investing: Ethical Markets 5 (01:03)
Credits: Green Banking and Investing: Ethical Markets 5
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