Financing Sustainability

  1. Land Banks Help Restore Abandoned Neighborhoods

    There are about 14 million housing units vacant year-round in the United States.Many of them are abandoned and tax delinquent, creating a blight of despair and ugliness throughout industrial cities in the Northeast, the Rust Belt and metropolitan areas everywhere.
  2. Financing Sustainability Projects

    DENVER, Colo. – City budget deficits are far from rare. Chicago, Phoenix and Newark are just a few examples of cities confronting likely shortfalls in the upcoming fiscal year. And on the extreme end of the spectrum there’s Detroit, which filed for bankruptcy in the summer of 2013 citing a staggering $18-20 billion in debt.So how can cities find room in their budgets for sustainability initiatives?
  3. Greening Your Electronics

    Computers have transformed our lives at home and in our workplaces, but they've also introduced a dizzying array of difficult decisions. From the non-recycled plastic of a copier to the mercury in a battery, tradeoffs come with each electronic device.How do you make good choices? How do you reward manufacturers who support your values, and avoid those that don't?
  4. HUD-DOT Community Challenge Grant Supports Rural Studies

    Housing planners in West Virginia’s largest county knew the silver tsunami had hit.In 2011, the state edged past Florida as the state with the highest percentage of citizens over 50 years of age -- almost one-third of its population, according to the American Community Survey conducted annually by the U.S. Census Bureau.
  5. Infrastructure Costs: Sustainable vs Conventional Solutions

    Determining the most cost-effective approach to major infrastructure projects can be daunting in today’s changing world, particularly when considering the often complex long-term costs to society at large. Project managers who used to look no further than the immediate costs of labor and material are now being asked to take a much broader view, considering the full lifecycle costs of operations, maintenance, energy, water, and waste management – not to mention the seemingly abstract consequences of pollution, climate change and the depletion of natural resources.
  6. Sustainability Grant Information Now Accessible Through

    Sustainable City Network, Inc. (SCN), a media company whose mission is to provide municipal professionals with quality and timely information on sustainability products, services and best practices, announces a new corporate partnership with American Funding Innovators, Inc. (AFI), developers of the GrantNavigator grant research and management solution. SCN subscribers now have access to this powerful new grant management tool and information regarding funding opportunities supporting sustainability.
  7. Local Governments Lobby Feds on Clean Energy Funding

    WASHINGTON - A coalition of municipal leaders made the rounds on Capitol Hill Thursday to implore their federal counterparts to continue funding clean energy programs that help fight climate change and reduce America's reliance on foreign oil. More than 100 city and county leaders attended the Local Clean Energy Leadership Summit presented by Climate Communities and sponsored in part by Sustainable City Network on Wednesday through Friday last week. One day of the summit featured a whirlwind series of congressional office visits in which local leaders made personal pleas to legislative aides in House and Senate offices representing more than 20 states.
  8. Historic Preservation Funding Under Fire

    Worsening federal, state and local government budget deficits continue to put pressure on funding for historic preservation. In fact, Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas), a GOP deputy whip and member of the Republican Study Committee's steering committee has introduced a bill in Congress that would cut $150 billion over five years from about 50 programs. That includes eliminating two highly praised historic preservation matching grant programs - Save America's Treasures and Preserve America. Even President Barrack Obama now calls both programs "duplicative and underperforming."
  9. Financing Solar Energy Projects for Municipalities

    How can municipalities help generate electricity from solar energy without actually paying for the development? The answer, increasingly, is through Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs), a financing device that entices private developers with tax credits and locks down energy costs for their public-sector partners. While there are numerous grants and municipal bond programs that help local governments pay for their own solar installations, one federal authority said cities should think twice about investing in solar if they haven't already made their municipal operations as energy efficient as possible.
  10. Gain Economic and Environmental Benefits Through Electronic Accounts Payable Systems

    Want to be a super hero in your municipal finance department? Try saving half a million dollars for every 100,000 accounts payable transactions, while eliminating truckloads of paper invoices, checks and payment envelops. That's the picture painted by U.S. Bank, one of many financial institutions that provide electronic invoice management systems to commercial businesses and governmental entities.
  11. Sustaining Sustainability Through Grants

    Municipal leaders, now more than ever, know that conserving resources generally saves money in the long run. But recycling, weatherization, green development and other sustainability programs usually require up-front investments to get off the ground. And, finding that money often means finding grants. Acquiring grants can be a time-consuming and sometimes overwhelming process. Only larger cities can afford full-time grant writers or consultants to ferret out the dollars. Unfortunately, grant writing often becomes the responsibility of someone who is already overwhelmed with other tasks.
Tuesday 10/01/2013
Up to $100 Million in Loans for Residential Solar Systems Available
Updated: May 12, 2014 - 5:10 pm

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- SunPower Corp., and Digital Federal Credit Union announced an agreement that may provide up to $100 million in loans for SunPower residential solar projects in the U.S. The new partnership supports the SunPower Loan program, expanding the financing options available to homeowners interested in owning high-efficiency SunPower solar power systems.

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Tuesday 09/10/2013
XL Group Offers Pollution Protection to Help Municipalities Protect Budget
Updated: May 15, 2014 - 11:14 am

DUBLIN -- XL Group’s North America Environmental business unveiled a series of pollution insurance policy enhancements to help municipalities address their specific environmental risk management needs and protect their budgets from unexpected clean up and other expenses.

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Tuesday 06/18/2013
Salka Corp. Launches to Fund Renewable Energy Projects
Updated: May 12, 2014 - 5:11 pm

SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- Salka Corp., led by a veteran development executive and backed by leading global investors, announced a partnership which seeks to piece together well-balanced renewable energy portfolios by acquiring, developing and constructing wind and solar projects throughout North America.

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Tuesday 04/16/2013
New Ohio Solar Project Commissioned
Updated: February 10, 2016 - 9:36 am

HANOVER, N.H. -- The New Energy Capital Cleantech Infrastructure Fund announced the final commissioning and term financing of the 5 MW Celina, Ohio, solar project. The project brings competitively priced renewable electricity to the city of Celina’s municipal grid, and will produce enough power to meet up to 8 percent of the city’s total energy demand.

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Tuesday 01/15/2013
Pearson Fuels to Build an Additional 19 E85 Stations in California
Updated: May 15, 2014 - 5:00 pm

SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- Pearson Fuels of San Diego, Calif., has announced that it has been granted $1.35 million from the California Energy Commission to assist in its expansion of its retail flex fueling network. The funds will be used to install E85, a high blend of ethanol and gasoline, into 19 traditional retail gasoline stations across California. It is expected that the project will displace approximately 2,754,218 gallons of gasoline per year as well as reduce greenhouse emissions by approximately 25,082 tons per year. The funding was made available through CEC's Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program.

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Monday 01/07/2013
Arista Power Announces Launch Of Community Solar Purchasing Program
Updated: May 12, 2014 - 5:13 pm

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Arista Power, Inc., a supplier of custom-designed power management systems, announced that the Genesee County Economic Development Center has partnered with Arista Power to launch a new community solar purchasing initiative, called "Solarize Genesee."

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Tuesday 12/04/2012
Dioxide Materials Awarded $4 Million to Advance CO2 Recycling Technology
Updated: May 15, 2014 - 10:52 am

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Dioxide Materials has been awarded $4 million by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy. The award will advance further research into Dioxide Materials’ technology that will produce transportation fuels and industrial chemicals electrochemically from carbon dioxide emitted by power plants. Dioxide is collaborating on the project with 3M, a subrecipient of the ARPA-E award.

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Utility Offers Municipalities Incentives for Purchases of PA WindPower
Updated: May 12, 2014 - 5:13 pm

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. -- Washington Gas Energy Services announced the launch of the PA WindPower Campaign, a community-based marketing campaign that rewards Pennsylvania communities in the PECO territory when WGES PA WindPower is purchased. WGES PA WindPower is a new electricity product offered by WGES that is sourced exclusively from Pennsylvania wind.

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Tuesday 08/07/2012
Argus Launches California Low-Carbon Fuel Standard Price Assessment
Updated: May 15, 2014 - 5:00 pm

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Global energy and commodity price reporting agency Argus has launched the first published market price assessment for California Low-Carbon Fuel Standard credits. Argus' expanded coverage of California emissions markets includes weekly spot assessments of the LCFS credits.

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Tuesday 06/19/2012
Company Receives Grant for Nation’s First Renewable Natural Gas Fueling Station
Updated: May 15, 2014 - 4:56 pm

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The California Energy Commission awarded Sacramento-based Atlas Disposal Industries a $300,000 grant to support construction of the nation’s first anaerobic digestion-based Renewable Natural Gas Fueling Station.

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