CREO Investors Pledge $300 Million for Environmental Impact

Environmentalists are claiming their seats at the impact investing table. Nearly a dozen wealthy families are announcing today that they have committed to invest a combined $300 million over five years in commercial ventures in the areas of climate, energy, health, food and sustainability. The commitments were gathered by the CREO Network, a grouping of

“USDA-Approved” Conservation Innovation

Paying farmers to store carbon in untilled prairie. Stimulating demand for wooden “plyscrapers.” Creating markets for nutrient and temperature credits. This is not your grandparents’ Department of Agriculture. At a White House meeting and industry conference this week, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is promoting innovative opportunities for private investment in rural America. The White House

Scaling up Conservation Finance: Takeaways and Videos from the Practitioners Workshop

The field of conservation finance is at an inflection point. There is a long and distinguished list of conservation finance deals that have delivered important conservation benefits. As the field moves to the next stage, it will need to migrate beyond donor-driven financing to commercial, investor-driven vehicles. It will need to move from one-off transactions

Ecosystem Investment Partners: How Private Capital is Restoring U.S. Wetlands

In the 1970s, more than 450,000 acres of wetlands around the U.S. were disappearing each year, eliminating vibrant ecosystems that provide critical wildlife habitat, storm protection and water filtration. By 2008, fewer than 18,000 acres per year were being lost, a 96 percent decrease. What happened? In a phrase, the national “no net loss of

D.Light Raises $11 Million to Light Up Developing World

Like Facebook’s $19 billion acquisition of WhatApp, the announcement that d.light design has closed $11 million in new financing is a signal of Silicon Valley’s increasing interest in technology’s role in meeting the needs of emerging middle-class consumers in the developing world. Investors in d.light, which makes affordable solar lanterns, included Draper Fisher Jurvetson, a

MEETS: Generating ‘Non-Energy’ to Drive Revenues from Efficiency

Energy efficiency should be the low-hanging fruit of carbon-reduction schemes, with clear and reliable paybacks. Instead, the bountiful harvest has been tantalizingly out of reach, for lack of sufficient upfront capital. Now a new financing structure may finally get the players lined up and the dollars flowing. The premise of the so-far only deal done:

‘Impact Alpha’ Opportunities in Wastewater

“One of the largest opportunities we see right now is in the wastewater market, where a waste stream, such as cow manure, is converted into multiple revenue streams, including energy, fertilizer, animal bedding, water and renewable/tax credits. “ Ben Vitale, principal of Wastewater Capital Management, at Equilibrium Capital’s investor conference, June 2013. We founded Equilibrium