calendar_may 31 2012

Drinker Biddle Invites Joyce Ferris to Participate at the Grass Roots Energy Finance conference

New York, New York
Drinker_biddle_&_reath_blue_logoJoyce Ferris participated in a roundtable discussion at “Grass Roots Energy Finance: Scaling Public and Private Investments in Demand Side Energy Assets” hosted by the law firm of Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP on May 31, 2012 in New York City.

Joyce joined the Deputy State Treasurer of Pennsylvania and other finance and sustainability professionals for the discussion “Financing Strategies: Pooling Financing for Clean Energy Projects.” The panel focused on financing opportunities at the municipal, county, and state levels for investments in clean energy projects. Highlights of the panel included the core conditions for effective pooled procurement, standardized contracts, credit enhancement, and pooled financing for demand side energy projects. The discussion addressed frameworks and authorities relative to procurement, bill payment, energy performance contracting, bonding, and others. The panel also discussed the role and structure of clean energy financing organizations.

calendar_may 3 2012

DVGBC Features Joyce Ferris and Blue Hill Partners at the Best of Greenbuild

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Joyce joined fellow sustainability professionals for a panel discussion at the Best of Greenbuild Conference hosted by the Delaware Valley Green Building Council on May 3, 2012 at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia.

The Best of Greenbuild showcases topics to be addressed at the upcoming 2013 Greenbuild International Expo & Conference – an event that will draw more than 30,000 sustainability professionals and advocates to the city of Philadelphia to learn about regional sustainability initiatives in employment, design, leadership, communities, and much more. For details about the Best of Greenbuild conference visit the Best of Greenbuild



calendar_feb 29 2012

GPIC Includes Joyce Ferris in Discussions About Integrated Processes for Energy Efficient Renovations

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

GreaterPhilaInnovationCluster-HUB-Logo-300dpi1Joyce joined industry colleagues and members of the Greater Philadelphia Innovation Cluster (GPIC) to share findings and best practices, as well as brainstorm ways to adapt integrated delivery practices to the energy retrofit market.

The symposium on Integrated Delivery for Energy Retrofits was part of the DOE-funded Greater Philadelphia Innovation Cluster (GPIC), focused on energy efficient retrofits of commercial buildings. GPIC researchers are working to demonstrate strategies to move industry practices towards a more integrated, “systems delivery” process, that can deliver significant energy efficiency improvements in commercial buildings in the near term. For more information about GPIC (recently renamed Energy Efficient Buildings Hub) visit EEB HUB.

calendar_dec 2 2011

Blue Hill Identified as a Financial Ally of the President’s Better Buildings Challenge

Washington D.C.

White House roundtable heard about plans by Blue Hill Partners and PA Treasury to cut campus energy costs by more than $200 million.better_buildings_challenge_header

PA’s Innovative Campus Energy Efficiency Fund — Part of President’s Better Building ChallengePennsylvania’s leading energy efficiency investment firm – Philadelphia-based Blue Hill Partners – had a seat at the table with President Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton when they unveiled a $4 billion initiative to make the nation’s buildings more energy efficient this past December.Joyce Ferris, Blue Hill’s founder and managing partner, was among 60 CEOs from around the country who traveled to the White House to participate in a roundtable discussion on how to deploy billions of dollars in capital efficiently in order to reduce energy consumption in buildings and create tens of thousands of “green collar” construction jobs.The White House invited Ferris to discuss Pennsylvania’s Campus Energy Efficiency Fund, which Blue Hill developed jointly with the Pennsylvania Treasury Department and State Treasurer Rob McCord.“It was an honor to be at the White House and to participate in a day of discussion and meetings with senior White House and Department of Energy officials. Pennsylvania’s Campus Energy Efficiency Fund is a perfect example of the type of innovative investment program that the White House hopes to showcase,” Ferris said. “We are thrilled to highlight Pennsylvania Treasury’s leadership as an investor in the sector.”“America’s construction workers need jobs, and we need to move toward energy independence,” said Treasurer McCord. “One of the most effective strategies we can deploy to meet both objectives is to make our built environment ‘greener.’ Treasury’s Campus Energy Efficiency Fund with Blue Hill Partners provides a great model for one way to do this, and I’m pleased the White House recognized our innovative joint efforts.”

Treasurer McCord explained the Campus Energy Efficiency Fund will invest in projects at 10 to 12 schools over the next two years that meet certain energy savings criteria such as high efficiency lighting, energy efficient windows, heating/cooling systems, and advanced control systems. Treasury and Blue Hill expect to lead investment of over $45 million in funding, including $10 million from Treasury, to qualifying businesses and projects that provide verifiable energy savings at Pennsylvania private colleges and universities.

The investments are expected to create more than 700 new jobs while cutting campus energy costs by more than $200 million. The Pennsylvania Treasury will earn for the Commonwealth a market-based rate of return on its investment.

In October, Drexel University became the fund’s inaugural participant. The school will work with its project development team –Transcend Equity Development Corporation – to undertake upgrades at six buildings on campus. The improvements are expected to reduce Drexel’s annual energy consumption more than 7 percent and significantly improve the energy and mechanical systems on site. Transcend will design, install, own and operate the project and provide the energy savings as a service to Drexel.

President Obama’s Better Building Challenge calls for $4 billion in combined federal and private sector energy upgrades to buildings over the next two years with a goal of upgrading the energy performance of 1.6 billion square feet of office, industrial, municipal, hospital, university, community college and school buildings by a minimum of 20 percent by 2020.

Visit or for more information on the Campus Energy Efficiency Fund.

Media contacts:
Blue Hill Partners, Joyce Ferris, (215) 248-5244 or
Pennsylvania Treasury, Michael Smith, (717) 787-2991 or

Blue Hill Partners, a Philadelphia-based investment firm that serves as an investment manager for the Pennsylvania Treasury, has focused exclusively in the Green Technology sector since 1999. To learn more, visit

State Treasurer Rob McCord brings two decades of business experience to his role as chief executive of the Pennsylvania Treasury, managing the agency as a profit center for the Commonwealth, generating historic investment returns, and working to increase the economic security of Pennsylvanians. To learn more, visit


Click here for the White House press release.