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From San Francisco to Switzerland, The Shine Campaign has a whirlwind of activity planned for the fall!

We’re starting it off at the Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS), where leaders from across the globe will convene to showcase climate action and inspire deeper commitments in support of the Paris Agreement.

Shine is taking part in a number of events at GCAS to engage on how energy poverty impacts healthcare, sustainable communities, philanthropic and impact investment to the field, and more. We’re excited to connect with partners in San Francisco, and meet with some of the people who are doing critical work in the field of energy access.

Here’s a roundup of some of our activities during the week:

Health Care Without Harm Global Roundtable
Tuesday, Sept 11th | 1pm-4pm | Dignity Health

The discussions will focus on subnational and national efforts for health care systems to contribute to climate policy and meet climate policy goals, and the afternoon discussion will center on how to scale renewable energy across the health care sector.

Investing in Energy Access as a Critical Climate Solution
Wednesday, September 12th | 2:30 – 4:00 pm | Google Community Space

Organized with Confluence Philanthropy and Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors

We’ll explore how philanthropies and their investment partners are filling the energy access investment gap, and learn how you can mobilize your resources for maximum climate and social impact. The session will illuminate how different types of capital can and must be deployed for different needs and stakeholders in the access to energy sector.


  • Heather Grady, RPA, Welcome & Moderator
  • Danny Kennedy, Managing Director of the California Clean Energy Fund and President of CalCharge
  • Ellen Dorsey, Executive Director of the Wallace Global Fund
  • Neha Misra, Co-Founder and Chief Collaboration Officer, Solar Sister
  • Mali Ole Kaunga, Founder, Indigenous Movement for Peace Advancement and Conflict Transformation (IMPACT)


Is the Low Carbon Economy Repeating the Mistakes of the Fossil Fuel Economy?
Thursday, September 13th | 11am to 1:30pm | The Village, 969 Market St.

Are green technologies “good” simply because they’re green even if they reinforce existing economic or social inequalities? Do these new green technologies run the risk of creating a new class of the super-rich whilst asking others to sacrifice their own development goals for the sake of the planet?


  • Atossa Soltani, President & Founder of Amazon Watch (moderator)
  • Hon. Ricardo Lagos, Former President of Chile
  • Hindou Omarou Ibrahim, Coordinator, Association of Indigenous Women and Peoples, Republic of Chad
  • Marti Flacks, Deputy Director, North America, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre
  • Mark Correnti, Managing Director of Investments, Shine Campaign

Innovative Finance for Climate, Resilience, and Energy Access
Thursday, September 13th | 4pm to 5pm | Moscone Center

This panel will highlight advancement and new commitments towards enhanced energy access and climate justice globally. The session will (1) present new announcements and commitments by key actors in the energy access arena, and (2) issue an invitation to companies, governments, impact investors and philanthropies to join those who are already taking action. In this session, we will showcase new and amplify existing successful examples of innovative resource mobilization driving energy access progress and scale-up finance solutions.


Rachel Kyte, SE for All Special Envoy (moderator)
Vaishali Sinha, Chief CSR, ReNew Power
Lisa Jordan, Campaign Director, Shine Campaign
Mr. Gemedo Dalle Tussie, Director General, Ethiopian Institute of Biodiversity Conservation

Invitation-Only Cocktail Reception
Thursday, September 13th | 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Organized with Distributed Power Fund

We’re getting together with funders to celebrate the Global Climate Action Summit and connect with peers. Shine will present new data regarding the level of funding for the energy access field emerging from the philanthropic sector. Acumen and Distributed Power Fund will be joining us and have graciously agreed to provide insights on the new landscape.