Land O’Lakes loan fund helps farmers make sustainability upgrades

Farmer Finance The cooperatively-owned Minneapolis-based food giant expects the $20 million loan fund to be fully deployed by mid-year Land O’Lakes farm in Lancaster, PA. | PC: Fortune The cooperatively-owned Minneapolis-based food giant has made the first two loans from a $20 million fund to help its member-farmers finance improvements with environmental benefits. The collateral for the

Aries Clean Energy raises funds for waste-to-fuel projects

Aries Clean Energy builds gasification plants that convert garbage into biogas for clean combustion and biochar, which can be used for fuel, soil amendment and to filter liquids or gases. Aries raised $21.4 million in new equity largely from existing investors and an additional $25 million from Spring Lane Capital for equity in future projects. Aries

Ulula secures $1 million to monitor global labor conditions

Rising consumer awareness of international labor conditions, including factory deaths and unpaid workers, is pressuring companies to keep better track of their suppliers. New York-based Ulula makes software that connects companies with workers across their supply networks. “Companies can only address and improve working conditions in global supply chains if they have efficient and effective

Talkin’ about regeneration

Sustainable practices can prevent the destruction of ecosystems. Regenerative approaches can restore land — and communities — that are already degraded. Take a look at Ejido Verde, an initiative in the Mexican state of Michoacán. An ejido is a piece of communally farmed land, and the green enterprise is turning once-degraded lands into pine forests. With 3,000 of a

Democratizing impact investing, gender-equity ETF, regenerative economy, digital solutions for…

Greetings, ImpactAlpha readers! #Featured: ImpactAlpha Voices Democratizing — and localizing — impact investing in 2018. Invest in what you know, right? For smaller investors who know their own communities best, it’s been hard to follow Warren Buffett’s famous advice. Now, a range of new approaches and products is allowing individuals to invest directly in their peers and communities. Democratizing

Democratizing — and localizing — impact investing in 2018

Invest in what you know, right? For smaller investors who know their own communities best, it’s been hard to follow Warren Buffett’s famous advice. Now, a range of new approaches and products is allowing individual investors to invest directly in their peers and communities. Democratizing the ranks of those who allocate capital is also democratizing access

Bond investors are getting smarter about flood risks

In November, credit rating agency Moody’s warned cities and states that failing to address climate risks could hurt their bond ratings, potentially affecting the flow of trillions of dollars to coastal municipalities. “What we want people to realize is: “If you’re exposed, we know that,” Lenny Jones, a managing director at Moody’s, told Bloomberg. “We’re