Reports and publications

  • Osprey Legacy Society

    Type: Webinar

    Date: February 20, 2019

    Plastics are convenient, cheap and durable - they also pose serious threats to our environment.

  • Colorado Near-Term Policy Advising

    Type: Report

    Date: February 19, 2019

    Colorado has a new governor, Jared Polis, who has made progress on energy & environment one of his legislative priorities. Combined with a receptive attitude from Xcel Colorado, the state may be able to make strides on energy policy that will set the course for reaching longer-term goals, namely 45% CO2 reduction in 2030 and net-neutral in 2050. Achieving such a rapid and sweeping transformation of the energy economy in Colorado, while protecting businesses and consumers, smart decisions will be needed concerning policy implementation, and this starts in 2019.

  • Recovering monarch butterfly populations before it’s too late.

    Type: Column/Article

    Date: February 18, 2019

    An interview with Rural Radio Network

  • We urged the office to ensure the ban on methylene chloride-based paint and coating removers covers both consumer and most commercial uses – as the agency originally proposed.

  • Robust, functional, affordable and scalable commodity supply chain tracking systems are essential to reducing deforestation resulting from the production of tropical forest commodities. In Brazil, monitoring tools are becoming increasingly important to private sector efforts aiming to reduce and eliminate the risk of deforestation from tropical forest commodity supply chains. This report provides a comprehensive comparison of supply chain tracking tools for tropical forest commodities, specifically cattle, soy and timber, currently being used in Brazil. In addition to detailing the objectives, methodologies, scope and cost  of each tool, the report also describes the advantages and challenges of each system, and concludes with a comprehensive comparison. This report will inform private sector entities, other supply chain actors and consumers about the various supply chain monitoring tools available to help reduce and eliminate deforestation from tropical forest commodity production, and serve as a guide to help companies identify the most suitable tools to increase supply chain transparency and traceability.  

  • Knowledge & Network reception

    Type: Podcast

    Date: January 31, 2019

    Learn about the growing signs of climate change, its adverse impacts, and what EDF and others are doing in response.

  • How reverse auctions can help scale energy storage

    Type: Column/Article

    Date: January 24, 2019

    Just as reverse auctions have helped increase renewable energy capacity, they could also be an effective approach for scaling energy storage  

  • As environmentalists, we often refer to our work as “saving the planet.” This is unhelpful for a couple of reasons.

  • Coastal regions and deltas around the globe are seeking financing for resilience projects to cope with more frequent extreme events, sea-level rise and land subsidence. Interest is growing in natural infrastructure that generates multiple ecosystem services including flood risk reduction. The growth of the conservation finance market represents an opportunity to support these investments, but there is a need for pilot transactions that align incentives across private and public entities, along with rigorous performance metrics for natural infrastructure linked to resilience outcomes. We test the feasibility of the Environmental Impact Bond (EIB) model to address these challenges. An EIB is a form of Pay-for-Performance debt financing where investors provide upfront capital to implement a project and are repaid according to the degree to which desired environmental outcomes are achieved. We evaluate this concept for wetland restoration projects identified in Louisiana’s Coastal Master Plan by developing a site selection procedure and designing a multi-stakeholder transaction tied to restoration outcomes. Based on our proposed model we conclude that an EIB could be used to accelerate restoration and increase the net benefits of wetland investments, aligning incentives of the investors and payors around metrics of wetland sustainability.

  • Coastal regions and deltas around the globe are seeking financing for resilience projects to cope with more frequent extreme events, sea-level rise and land subsidence. Interest is growing in natural infrastructure that generates multiple ecosystem services including flood risk reduction. The growth of the conservation finance market represents an opportunity to support these investments, but there is a need for pilot transactions that align incentives across private and public entities, along with rigorous performance metrics for natural infrastructure linked to resilience outcomes. We test the feasibility of the Environmental Impact Bond (EIB) model to address these challenges. An EIB is a form of Pay-for-Performance debt financing where investors provide upfront capital to implement a project and are repaid according to the degree to which desired environmental outcomes are achieved. We evaluate this concept for wetland restoration projects identified in Louisiana’s Coastal Master Plan by developing a site selection procedure and designing a multi-stakeholder transaction tied to restoration outcomes. Based on our proposed model we conclude that an EIB could be used to accelerate restoration and increase the net benefits of wetland investments, aligning incentives of the investors and payors around metrics of wetland sustainability.