BALLE's first-ever Impact Report reflects the organization’s work nationally, and globally to make a reality out of a shared vision for interconnected local economies working in harmony with nature to support a healthy, prosperous, and joyful life for all. The report is full of facts and figures about the communities of practice BALLE regularly convenes — Local Economy Fellows, Local Economy Funders, and our Community Foundation Circle.
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The paper describes a broad range of financing mechanisms that are either just beginning to be used or that have a strong potential for providing low-cost, long-term financing for solar with energy storage (solar + storage). The goal is to identify financing tools that can be used to implement projects and that will attract private capital on highly favorable terms, thereby reducing the cost of solar and resilient power installations.
Published By: Clean Energy Group
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The National Equity Atlas is a unique data tool for people working to transform America's broken economy into one that is equitable, resilient, and prosperous. Developed by Surdna grantee PolicyLink and the University of Southern California's Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE), the Atlas is a comprehensive online resource that puts data on demographic change, racial inclusion, and the economic benefits of equity into your hands. Users can access key indicators on the largest 150 regions, all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the nation as a whole.
Published By: PolicyLink and the University of Southern California's Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE),
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Family foundations and family offices are increasingly turning to mission (more broadly known as impact) investing strategies as a key tool for aligning investments and operations with their mission and objectives. How can you engage your board in a thoughtful conversation about the options and added benefits of the mission investing approach? What are some of the best ways to get started with mission investing, and how do family foundations, especially those with limited staff capacity, manage these new strategies to better leverage their philanthropic assets and mission? Watch a webinar produced by the National Center for Family Philanthropy featuring Surdna Board member John Hawkins and Melanie Audette from Mission Investor Exchange, a nonprofit attorney, and the CEO of an Ohio-based family foundation.
Published By: National Center for Family Philanthropy
From California’s historic drought to Toledo’s pollution crisis, the country’s water challenges have recently captured the national spotlight, according to Brookings Institution researchers Joseph Kane and Robert Puentes. This is long overdue. In many regions, investing in water infrastructure has been out of sight and out of mind for decades. But the growing demand for clean water—while sustainably handling waste and storm water—is prompting utilities and users to take new action.
States and metropolitan areas are facing a rising tide of concerns, including the need to replace century-old pipes and modernize treatment facilities that seem to be buckling under the pressure. But together, public and private sector leaders are exploring strategies to improve water quality, curb consumption and better manage runoff, while also responding to water’s central economic role in agricultural production, energy generation and a variety of manufacturing activities.
These investments can also lead to significant gains in the job market:
As a new Brookings report illustrates, more than 700,000 U.S. workers are involved in designing, constructing, operating and governing water infrastructure. Plant operators, pipe layers and hydrologists, for instance, are among the most critical occupations to implement new technologies, upgrade systems and oversee regulations. Indeed, whether promoting “green infrastructure” or a range of other water improvements, this workforce can help drive innovative solutions sorely needed across the country, from Phoenix and Las Vegas to Chicago and Detroit.
Published By: Brookings Institution
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Resilient Power is the ability of a community to provide clean, reliable energy in the face of power outages, an increasingly regular event due to severe weather. New resilient power technologies can provide electricity during outages, and also at other times so communities benefit fully from clean reliable energy. Clean Energy Group’s Resilient Power Project is designed to help states and municipalities with program and policy information, analysis, finance tools, technical assistance, and best practices to speed the deployment of clean, resilient power systems in their communities. An important focus of the project is to help vulnerable and low-income communities deal with power outages due to severe weather events, as they have suffered disproportionately in damaging storms like Super Storm Sandy and Hurricane Katrina. Installing clean energy technologies such as solar and storage in multi-family housing, assisted living centers, fire stations, and schools that serve as shelters can protect people from harm, reduce pollution, and create community-driven decision making. This paper describes the fifteen-year effort of CEG to make resilient power a major part of disaster planning and energy policy, work that is now showing results in new state and local programs to fund resilient power across the country. But much more needs to be done.
Published By: Clean Energy Group
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Foundation CEOs play a complex, ever-more-demanding role—a role that may not lend itself to on-the-job training. A new report from Fay Twersky, Director of the Effective Philanthropy Group at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation lays out what makes being a foundation CEO uniquely challenging.
Published By: Center for Effective Philanthropy
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The restaurant industry is a large and fast-growing sector of the U.S. economy. It currently employs 5.5 million women (accounting for 9.9 percent of all private-sector employment among women) and 5.1 million men (accounting for 8.4 percent of private-sector employment among men). The restaurant industry includes a wide range of establishments, from fast-food to full-service restaurants, from food trucks to caterers, from coffee shops to bars. While there are certainly employers in the restaurant industry who provide high-quality jobs, by and large the industry consists of very low-wage jobs with few benefits, and many restaurant workers live in poverty or near-poverty.
This paper examines the restaurant industry and the workers who hold restaurant jobs, including how much they earn, what jobs they do, whether they receive benefits, and whether they and their families are able to make ends meet.
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Whether you need a bench repaired or want a basketball court, improving your local park is a confusing process to navigate. If you aren’t familiar with the many layers of New York City Government, it’s hard to know where to even begin.
The Center for Urban Pedagogy teamed up with New Yorkers for Parks, Partnerships for Parks, designer Elana Schlenker, and illustrator Leslie Wood to create a poster that makes it easier for people of all backgrounds and all of the city’s neighborhoods to advocate for improvements in their local park. The poster lays out the different agencies and officials involved in the process, and tells you when and how to talk to them to build support and raise funds for your park project.
Published By: CUP
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