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JPMorgan Analyst: ‘2014 a Historic Year for Investment in Renewables’

Energy Finance 2015, a four-day training program for environmental advocates and attorneys, convened last week at the NYU School of Law. On day two, Paul Coster, lead alternative-energy analyst for JPMorgan Chase, made headlines by saying, “2014 was a historic year for investments for renewables.”

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Separating Human Rights from Politics in the Holy Land

The Holy Land Principles call for ethical standards for American businesses investing in Israel, the West Bank and Gaza. Their principles are impressive, and the need is there. But are they far-reaching enough?

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How Corruption Kills the Promise of Social Enterprise

Drawing on her first-hand experience of operating a social enterprise in Afghanistan, Sarah Chayes makes a forceful case for dealing with systemic corruption as a way of strengthening global security and creating a climate where the efforts of social entrepreneurs can make a difference in people’s lives.

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Who Will Benefit From the Trans-Pacific Partnership?

President Obama is so keen on passing the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) that he’s asking Congress for fast-track approval. Supporters of the free-trade bill say it will help boost economy, and I don’t doubt that the president believes that to be true. Whether he’s right about that is the subject of vigorous debate among economists.

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Why Confidentiality Will Unlock the Impact Economy

Just as there is professional privilege in law and psychology, we need clear guidelines for how negative information can be shared, discussed and addressed confidentially by enterprises with their impact measurement advisors. Without privilege, a fear of backlash fosters the (often willfully) ignorant perpetuation of negative situations in a social impact venture’s supply chain.

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Louisiana Wetland Restoration Projects Valued at $1.6 Billion

A two-year assessment of the potential to develop blue carbon projects on Louisiana’s coast estimates that carbon finance revenue can provide up to $1.6 billion in critical funding to assist with wetland restoration over the next 50 years.

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How Social Enterprises Can Protect Mission and Deliver Profit

A growing body of sector research is shining light on the principles of how social enterprises can use outcome monitoring to strengthen mission and deliver a blended bottom line. It’s good governance that provides the key to successful monitoring — and to delivering profit with benefit.

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Place Your Bets: SunEdison Buys Solar Energy Storage Startup

SunEdison’s acquisition of Solar Grid highlights growing interest among VCs and leading energy, industrial and solar companies in stationary energy storage. Along with SunEdison, corporate-backed VCs, as well as Tesla and SolarCity, are spreading seed capital across a variety of advanced energy storage startups.

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A New Approach to Energy Equity in Sub-Saharan Africa

A new approach to bridge the digital and energy divide is required to enable the convergence of the public and private sectors to maximise resources in a systemic and sustainable fashion at price points that meet the needs of a developing rural society.

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Why Metrics Matter When It Comes to Impact Investing

Over past years, as I’ve both participated in and observed the evolution of metrics and impact reporting discussions and practice, I’ve come to realize the “metrics challenge” is something of a myth.

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5 Best Latin American Cities for Startups

Part of the Rocket Internet Group, Brazil-based e-commerce company Dafiti touts five Latin American cities as emerging hubs for Internet startups. Skeptics question Dafiti’s business strategy and the billions of dollars of capital it has raised.

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Ford Announces E-Bikes for Urban Commutes

Ford’s new e-bike prototypes do just about everything but steer the bike and serve you coffee. The two models, which were unveiled at the Mobile World Congress this week, are designed for commutes that rely on more than one mode of transport. Riders type in the destination and the preferences, and the bike figures the route. Getting to work sustainably just keeps getting easier and easier…

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Incentivizing Investment In Climate Change Infrastructure

The Climate Trust has explored options for raising capital to invest in building new greenhouse gas offset projects, and has identified a variety of new models for using public financing to mitigate and manage the risks associated with true impact investments—investments for social and environmental good.