Ecosystem ‘Restoration Economy’ Drives Growth, Creates Jobs

Restoration of wetlands, wildlife habitats and other natural ecosystems is a job creator, not a job killer.  Our recent national survey, “Estimating the Size and Impact of the Ecological Restoration Economy,” has determined that the U.S. ecological restoration industry directly employs nearly 126,000 workers and generates approximately $9.5 billion in economic output (sales) annually. Our research team, comprised of

ImpactAlpha’s #DealFlow 3.4.2016: Kiva Aims to Finance One Million Women Entrepreneurs

Kiva partnership introduces women-focused fund. A crowdfunding platform focusing on women entrepreneurs has been jointly launched by Kiva, the U.S. State Department and the Inter-American Development Bank. The fund aims to raise capital to support one million women-owned businesses in the Caribbean and Latin America over the next five years. It will leverage Kiva’s crowdfunding

ImpactAlpha’s #DealFlow 2.18.16: Jana’s Free Internet Raises $57 Million

This week in impact investing: mobile ad platform Jana raises $57 million to expand free internet services; Social Finance launches a South Carolina social impact bond for mothers and children; a fund in the UK offers tax relief along with an expected 8 percent return; and more! Jana raises $57 million to expand free internet service.

ImpactAlpha’s #DealFlow for Feb. 2, 2016: Weekly Roundup of Impact Investments

Dealflow is back with the deals big and small: A $20 million raise for African and Asian solar microgrid provider Powerhive; another financial services investment in Ghana for LeapFrog; and a social impact bond to tackle homelessness in Denver raises $8.6 million — to be repaid based on a reduction in jail time. Powerhive raises $20 million to

Is the Recovery of Wild Fisheries the New J-Curve for Impact Investors?

The Sustainable Ocean Fund plans a $50 million first close later this year, and ultimately intends to deploy $100 million across 10 to 15 investments in near-shore fishery investments in places like Belize, Bangladesh, and Madagascar. The fund manager, Althelia Ecosphere, last year raised nearly $120 million for its Althelia Climate Fund, which finances projects

Closing the Gap in Low-Carbon Finance at the Climate Risk Summit

UNITED NATIONS — Slushy sidewalks notwithstanding, climate leaders passed through UN security Wednesday with a spring in their step. In a reunion of sorts for the COP21 climate agreement in Paris, an all-star, all-expert cast descended on the United Nations to prod investors into urgent and aggressive action. [blockquote author=”Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention

Beyond Sustainability: GreenWave’s Regenerative Ocean Farm

R. Buckminster Fuller was a founding father of systems thinking. You can look it up. And you can look up an index of ideas that honor such thinking in the roster of winners of the annual Fuller Challenge, the $100,000 award given by The Buckminster Fuller Institute, which is seeking to extend the vision of the