Cities Should Bank on Climate Resilience

By Andrew Eil & Stacy Swann This week, the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities (100 RC) program is convening nearly 500 urban resilience leaders from cities around the world, including 80 Chief Resilience Officers, in New York to discuss, share, and develop new resilience solutions for cities. In our last blog post, we discussed the [...]

Cities Should Bank on Climate Resilience 2017-07-28T12:09:32+00:00

Is Your Project Still “Bankable” if It Isn’t Climate Resilient?

The Task Force on Climate Related Financial Disclosures issued its final report last week after looking at the issue of climate risk in the financial system.  Comprised of private sector finance and industry leaders, the Task Force recommends that companies and financial institutions of all types adopt common climate-related financial disclosure practices as a way [...]

Is Your Project Still “Bankable” if It Isn’t Climate Resilient? 2017-07-05T13:26:54+00:00

Good Project Preparation Maximizes Financial Viability/Bankability

By Stacy Swann and Brandon Yeh The differences between financing large scale energy infrastructure and small- or medium sized energy projects cannot be overstated. And yet, in many parts of the world, access to basic and modern energy services – including lighting and cooking – is provided specifically through smaller projects, and not through large [...]

Good Project Preparation Maximizes Financial Viability/Bankability 2017-03-22T13:11:46+00:00

Reflections by Alan Miller: Election Implications for Climate Change Policy

Watching the election results from a hotel in Marrakech, the site of the latest climate negotiations, was a sobering experience.  To realize that the future of the planet may now be so influenced by a person who has called climate change a “hoax” promoted by China to undermine our economy.  Like many of my friends, [...]

Reflections by Alan Miller: Election Implications for Climate Change Policy 2016-11-28T12:47:34+00:00

Infrastructure Is Local – Financing Resilience Must Be, Too

By Andrea Colnes and Stacy Swann When the costs are tallied, Hurricane Matthew will become the thirteenth extreme weather event of 2016 in the United States to cost more than $1 billion in damages, including four flooding events and nine severe storm events.  The damages here and abroad from Matthew will affect entire communities – [...]

Infrastructure Is Local – Financing Resilience Must Be, Too 2016-11-18T17:52:28+00:00

Climate Risk: The Ultimate Threat Multiplier for Sustainable Development

By Alan Miller & Stacy Swann Odds are, wherever you live, your climate is changing.  It may be hotter and drier, with more drought and wildfires, or you may be experiencing more severe storms and extreme rainfall.  You may notice it, or you may not, but the folks at NASA are keeping track, and August [...]

Climate Risk: The Ultimate Threat Multiplier for Sustainable Development 2016-09-16T15:18:21+00:00

Blending Finance for (Climate) Resilience

Let’s review a few of the more striking facts about our climate to emerge in the last week: In 2015, the planet was the warmest ever recorded. By a long shot. Global sea levels are at their highest since satellites began recording those levels in 1993, up an alarming 2.75 inches. While many parts of [...]

Blending Finance for (Climate) Resilience 2016-11-18T17:52:29+00:00

When New Highs and New Lows Are No Good

Chris Mooney published yet another article on climate change in the Washington Post last week, this time about the dramatically low level of sea ice in the Arctic Ocean.  The same day, Angela Fritz had an article on how atmospheric carbon dioxide had reached a “huge record high.”  As Mooney reported, Arctic sea ice covered [...]

When New Highs and New Lows Are No Good 2016-11-18T17:52:29+00:00

Time to Pick Up the Pace: Climate Change, Risk, Resilience

The world is warming. About that there is no doubt. 2015 was a hot year – the hottest on record. The first two months of 2016 continued to shatter temperature records. In February, we crossed the 1.5°C threshold, meaning average global temperatures that month passed what many governments say should be the limit, that of [...]

Time to Pick Up the Pace: Climate Change, Risk, Resilience 2016-11-18T17:52:29+00:00

Green Banks, Greening Banks and the Sustainable Financial System

By Andrea Colnes and Stacy Swann - Coalition for Green Capital & Climate Finance Advisors   We are in the second week of the UN Climate Summit in Paris, and while we wait for the negotiators to finish their hard work, private sector and finance continue to show they are ready and prepared to increase [...]

Green Banks, Greening Banks and the Sustainable Financial System 2016-11-18T17:52:29+00:00