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

ImpactAlpha’s #DealFlow for Jan. 8, 2016: Weekly Roundup of Impact Investments

This week: The investment winds are blowing for both small- and large-scale wind deals; the Kresge Foundation pledges $20 million to early childhood education in Detroit; and mom-and-pop shops in Peru and Venezuela may have more access to working capital to expand their businesses. Big Investment in small-scale wind. United Wind has received $200 million

An Investable Proposition: Preview of the 2016 Conservation Finance Conference

Quick quiz: Do you know what “REDD+” stands for? You will soon. Conservation finance is sure to be one of 2016’s hot topics. Already, reduced emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (or REDD+) is gaining momentum as a result of the Paris climate accords, at which forests were an unexpected centerpiece. As our friends at

The $1 Trillion Challenge: Can Clean Energy Investors Fulfill Global Climate Deal?

Bill Gates is raising the stakes at this week’s global climate conference in Paris, with an expected announcement of a multi-billion dollar fund for clean energy research and development. According to ClimateWire, Gates and other billionaires will make the pledge as part of an effort to secure a commitment from India to carbon-reduction goals. That is a

Here’s the Dirt on the International Year of Soils

The International Year of Soils is coming to a close. Though you wouldn’t know it from the Food and Agriculture Organization’s dirt-poor marketing campaign, there are rich possibilities for investing in soil health. “Let’s Talk About Soil,” a recent report from the PYMWYMIC investor community in the Netherlands shines a light on several opportunities to invest in soil

Lowered Risks Means Higher Returns for Agriculture Investors in Frontier Markets

There is an old Portuguese saying that you cannot expect the sun to shine on the threshing floor while it rains in the turnip fields. Some would apply the saying to impact investing to argue investments can’t simultaneously deliver market-rate returns and measurable social impact. The harder investors pursue social goals in sectors where commercial

Gates Foundation Gears Up to Blend Capital for Global Development

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is adding talent to create innovative financing structures for what it calls a “critical juncture” for international development. Nick O’Donohoe, most recently the head of Big Society Capital in the UK, will join the world’s largest private foundation in January as senior adviser for blended finance. The new UN-backed sustainable development goals, aimed at ending poverty