New Year Greetings from all of us at The Natural Resilience Fund! Starting my new year at a yoga retreat always uncovers new insights, ideas and energy for me.
I will be giving a talk on February 19th at The University of Pennsylvania’s EES (Earth & Environmental Science) Master’s program and Wharton’s IGEL (Institute for Global Environmental Leadership). The talk will include a case study of The New York Wheel’s climate resilience efforts as well as a description of some of The NRF’s primary financing mechanisms. I would like to give more of these talks to help spread the word about The NRF. In addition, on March 5th I will be on an environmental finance panel in New York City.
We have just finished the submission of the 501(c)(3) documentation to the IRS which, when approved, will allow donations and contributions to The NRF to be tax deductible. The NRF network is growing rapidly with over 1000 contacts all over the world that have expressed some interest in The NRF. In fact, the climate resilience investment tax credit (CRITC) is currently being explored as a potential accelerator to The Green Climate Fund based in South Korea and by the government of the Philippines.
We are looking for $500,000 of funding so we can initiate economic environment impact statements for the CRITC and a potential climate resilience investment grant (CRIG), as well as some lobbying efforts and some staffing and office operations. Being a serial entrepreneur, I have found that incubating ventures like The NRF out of my home initially is the most cost effective way to get things off the ground.
Winni Carter, a Linkedin contact, represents Scientific Research Publishing (http://www.scirp.org/journal/nr). Scientific Research Publishing (SCIRP) is one of the largest Open Access journal publishers. It is currently publishing more than 200 open access, online, peer-reviewed journals covering a wide range of academic disciplines. You may be able to find interesting information through SCIRP.
I just finished Al Gore’s book, The Future, and found it a fascinating if somewhat disconcerting read. This book is highly recommended for all climate resilience advocates. While reading the book, I came up with a concept that I call “the 1% solution.” If we could reduce fossil fuel production 1% per year in 100 years we would be fossil free and totally renewable energy producers by 2115. I have drafted an article along these lines and should have it ready in a few weeks.
James Sellinger and Joaquin Matias continue to consult with me on the big picture issues for The NRF. Lovaeta Amoako (the woman in The NRF video that you may have seen) has a new job with the City of New York in its Housing & Preservation Department (HPD) and we are hoping to engage that NYC department as well. My wife, Ellie Sugarman helps with editing as does my mother Joan Kaufman Levine and my sister Patti Kaufman.
I am heartened by the positive response surrounding The NRF and am hopeful that we will all band together to find effective solutions to what is now a critical, time sensitive and worldwide problem.
New York City
January 28, 2014