Donnel Baird Wants to Build an Actually Ethical Billion Dollar Company

Donnel Baird has a more complex business than most start-up founders. His company BlocPower aims to scale green energy across American inner cities by updating millions of older buildings while hiring from vulnerable populations. It’s a public benefit corporation, so it’s for-profit and focused on the bottom line but also committed to energy efficiency, renewable energy, greenhouse gas reductions, and economic development and job creation in low income communities.

Donnel Baird: Clean Energy in Old Buildings

It’s not unusual for small businesses and houses of worship located in old New York buildings to spend 30 percent of their budgets on energy. But banks aren’t willing to lend them the money to make their sites energy efficient.