I launched Impact Capital Partners because I obviously agree with Bill Gates that it is important to address the world’s most difficult issues. The essence of How To Avoid A Climate Disaster is that we are putting 51 billion tons of greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere every year, and to avoid a climate disaster, we need to get the net number to ZERO within 30 years. Importantly, Bill is optimistic that we can solve these problems because of his belief in innovation, but we need breakthroughs to get there. Bill is focused on this challenge, and one of his goals for writing this book is to spark conversations so that we are all focused on it too. I highly recommend this book and I’m even placing it on my MUST READ LIST!
Every year the world adds 51 billion tons of greenhouse gases to the atmosphere.
As we keep doing that, the consequences for human life will be catastrophic.
We need to get to ZERO net emissions within 30 years, while still meeting the world’s basic needs.
That means we need to transform the way we do almost everything.
We need breakthrough innovations.
Entrepreneurs and investors have to build new businesses and change existing businesses to get these solutions deployed.
Governments leaders have to enact new policies that drive the market for clean energy.
Advocates have to keep their voices loud to hold all of us accountable for rapid progress.
Avoiding a climate disaster will be one of the greatest challenges humans have ever taken on.
Innovation provides optimism and hope that we can achieve the breakthroughs that will be needed.
Introduction: 51 Billion to Zero
1: Why Zero?
2: This Will Be Hard
3: Five Questions to Ask in Every Climate Conversation
Wind is one of the planet’s most efficient renewable power sources and offshore winds tend to blow harder and more uniformly than on land. Yesterday, the New York State Energy and Development Authority (NYSERDA) selected Equinor and incoming strategic partners bp to transform two of New York’s ports into large-scale offshore wind working facilities in hopes of positioning New York as an offshore wind industry hub.
The northeastern seaboard of the US is seeing significant offshore wind project activity, driven by sustained winds, developed state policy regimes and shallower water of the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS).
Because higher wind speeds can produce significantly more energy/electricity, developers are increasingly interested in pursuing offshore wind energy resources
New projects = new jobs + homegrown renewable energy
The total US offshore wind power potential is estimated at 2,000 gigawatts (GW), more than twice the total electricity consumption in the US in 2020.
This new award will add ~2.5 GW of power, so…
We are still in the nascent stages of offshore wind power development, but this is a very strong next-step!
This year was my 13th year of growing my mustache (aka “MO) with Movember. I first grew my MO back in 2008 in honor of my father-in-law, Bruce Gibson, who passed away from prostate cancer, Movember’s flagship cause. Raising awareness and funds for Movember was a great fit for me, because it was a fun approach to a serious problem, and for 9 consecutive years (2009-2017) I was Movember’s top fundraiser in the US (aka the “MoMo” or the individual who raised the MOst MOney). Importantly, my work and my success with Movember reminded me to have fun and be passionate about what you do! #movember #menshealthissues
Men’s Health is in Crisis
Men are dying on average 6 years earlier than women, and for largely preventable reasons https://us.movember.com/about/cause
Testicular Cancer – The world’s most common cancer among men aged 15-39
Prostate Cancer – 1 in 9 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetimes.
Mental Health & Suicide Prevention – Globally, on average, one man dies by suicide every minute of every day.
I will always grow my MO and raise awareness for men’s health issues with Movember, but over the past few years I have also been able to have fun and be passionate about my work too. I believe that if you align your investments with your beliefs and values, the world will be a little bit better AND if institutional investors were to do this too, we could solve many of the world’s biggest problems. As a result, I have launched Impact Capital Partners to connect impact opportunities with institutional capital.
During an exploratory Zoom today, I was asked again about my logo, so I shared my respect and concern for elephants and how I simply wanted to honor them within my logo. My new contact then told me that he was originally from Kenya and that he recently adopted an orphaned elephant through the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (SWT). I immediately researched SWT and I’m proud to say that we adopted Roho the elephant today!
About Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
One of Africa’s oldest wildlife charities and a leading conservation organizations
Established more than 40 years ago & best known for its Orphans’ Project
A pioneering conservation organization, dedicated to the protection of wildlife and the preservation of habitats in East Africa.
Based in Nairobi, Kenya
Male, Born 15 January 2019
Rescued 16 October 2019 (9 months old)
SWT believes that Roho’s mother was killed by poachers, who they were looking for, when they found Roho, a tiny elephant calf, standing beside the body of his deceased mother.
Roho means “spirit” in Swahili — an apt name for this brave little boy.
The Age of Sustainable Development, an online course by Professor Jeffrey Sachs, is a wonderful introduction and overview of WHY we need the sixth Kondratiev Wave to be a wave of sustainable technologies. In Prof. Sachs words, we need to find ways to produce energy, ways to mobilize energy, ways to transport ourselves and transport goods that take the massive pressure and the destructive forces off of our ecosystems. This is the great challenge ahead of us, and this course is an amazing way to better understand this challenge!
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Sustainable development is the most urgent challenge facing humanity. Its fundamental question is: How can the world economy continue to develop in a way that is socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable? This course provides a broad overview of the interactions between the economy and our environment and humanity, from the constraints of finite resources, to the activities that drive climate change, to equality for all.
I spent the first half of my life on the East Coast and the second half on the West Coast…. from Manhattan to Manhattan Beach. I worked in the institutional bond business for 30 years in Sales, Portfolio Management and Client Services, spending the last 19 years at Western Asset, where I was Head of their Endowment, Foundation and Healthcare channel. During that time, I was fortunate to work closely with investors to assure that their guidelines aligned with their beliefs, also known as Socially Responsible Investing (SRI).
In 2017 I joined TriLinc Global and was enlightened by the impact that private capital can have, especially on Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in developing economies (EM), where access to capital is significantly constrained or non-existent.
In 2020 I launched Impact Capital Partners to make a difference in my own way – by creating a platform to facilitate the flow of capital from institutional investors to “impact investments.”
My happy place is the great outdoors and I love hiking and connecting with Nature. When there, I always try to respect the Leave No Trace (LNT) principles, so that future visitors will have the same (or better) experience when they pass by too.
I also believe it is our responsibility to leave the planet the same (or better) for our children, so I am happy to be trying to do my part every day!
In 2020 I launched Impact Capital Partners to make a difference in my own way – by creating a platform to connect impact opportunities with institutional capital.
Our listed opportunities include Private Equity & Private Debt funds, direct investments and co-investments that, for the most part, are sourced by in-region / in-country Investment Partners who source, due diligence, and share them with us. In turn, Impact Capital Partners LLC, can share them with institutional investors in the US, through its registration with Pinnacle Capital Securities LLC, who is authorized by FINRA to act as a chaperone under SEC Rule 15a-6.
Importantly, I realize that there are many shades-of-green, and that each investor has their own thoughts on what constitutes an “impact investment”, but I believe the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) provide a framework that most agree on, so our listed opportunities will always state alignment with specific SDGs.
Through Impact Capital Partners, I hope to make it easier for institutional investors to find and invest in impact investments because I believe that as larger dollar amounts seek investments with market-rate returns AND positive social impact, we will have a better chance of solving the world’s toughest problems!
Impact Capital Partners has joined Trees For The Future (TREES) in their Plant-a-Tree Partnership by planting 200 trees per million dollars raised. This amazing non-profit organization has planted over 180 million trees since 1989 and we are proud to help TREES plant communities out of hunger and poverty, while also offsetting multiples of our own carbon emissions. We are proud to help TREES with their mission to improve the livelihoods of impoverished farmers by revitalizing degraded lands.
The above metrics are calculated (estimated) using Trees for The Future’s Carbon Brief and various other sources.
We lose trees at a rate of 50 soccer fields per minute as our food systems destroy our ecosystems. Most of this degradation occurs in the developing tropics of Africa, Latin America, and South and Southeast Asia where hundreds of millions of chronically-hungry, smallholder farming families use destructive and short-sighted agricultural practices that further degrade their communities trees, soil, water and biodiversity, making them even more likely to migrate and more vulnerable to the climate changes that lie ahead.
Trees For The Future’s Forest Garden Program is a simple, replicable and scalable approach with proven success. They train farmers over a four year period to sustainably revitalize their land (they “teach them to fish”), and provide all of the training, seeds, tools, and materials. The farmers come prepared with their own land and ready to change their family’s life. Through our Forest Garden Approach, farmers plant thousands of trees that protect and bring nutrients back to the soil. This helps farmers grow a variety of fruits and vegetables. Forest Garden farmers gain increases in income and food security, even in the first year.
The Work They Are Doing
Today, Trees for the Future is implementing the scalable and replicable Forest Garden Approach in a focused region to affect measurable change. Trees for the Future is working closely with farmers across Sub-Saharan Africa to establish Forest Gardens – planting 50+ species of trees, dozens of shrubs, fruit trees, and 12+ vegetables on a typical farm.
The Impact They Are Having
Ending Hunger Trees For The Future’s latest data indicates that the Forest Garden Approach ends hunger for most families after the first year. Only 13% of their project participants were food secure when they joined the program, and after just 12 months of planting Forest Gardens, 86% of their farmers aren’t worried about going to bed hungry.
Ending Poverty Through the Forest Garden Approach, they are impacting the lives of their farmers and children, resulting in positive impacts for over 28,000 people so far. A total of 82% of their farmers have seen significant income increases and more than 92% are now feeling capable to brace for any unforeseen circumstances the future may bring.
Ending Deforestation By decreasing the use of destructive farming practices such as burning, clearing and plowing, Forest Gardens reduce deforestation by eliminating farmers’ dependence on forests for food, timber, and many other non-timber forest products. The positive environmental impacts of a Forest Garden are endless.Carbon Sequestration
This is a great explainer video by The Conservation Fund on land-based fish farming. 90% of US seafood is currently imported and 2x the current supply will be needed by 2050, so there is a growing need for new ways to provide high-quality, local fish without putting more pressure on our oceans. Recirculating Aquaculture Systems (RAS) is one solution, and this is a very informative 2-minutes!
Land-based RAS is a sustainable, local way to farm healthy fish.
It uses tanks where water is continuously filtered and recycled and waste can be used as fertilizer for farmers.
It provides a controlled and traceable environment, without the use of antibiotics or hormones.
It can be used anywhere, so fish can always be locally grown, helping local economies and providing a fresher product.
Land-based RAS has minimal impact on the environment, with 1/2 the carbon footprint of imports, and is water efficient, using 99% recycled water + it recycles nutrients and by-products, and conserves wild fish
Additionally, RAS fish are fed sustainable feeds that don’t require wild caught fish to be used in their feeds, providing a 0% fish-in / fish-out ratio.
ARTIFISHAL is a Patagonia film about man’s disastrous approach to Nature, including river dams & open-water fish-farms, that are leading to the weakening and extinction of species. By focusing on the missteps of our past, the film offers some hope IF we heed the warnings, and embrace the power of Nature to heal. As Yvon Chouinard says at the end, “It’s more than just our relationship with fish, it’s how we’re trying to control Nature rather than work with Nature.” The film’s closing scene = “Text PROTECT to 40649 to stop hatcheries, remove dams, restore rivers and change how we harvest fish.” I believe that Sustainable Fish Farms are one of the important steps needed to protect our wild fish!
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*Capital Raised, Jobs Supported, Borrowers and Developing Economies as of 1/31/2021. Capital raised includes ‘impact’ fund raising for previous fund manager since February 2017.