I am about 25% through Al Gore’s new book, The Future.
It has been helpful in assisting me about how to view the sourcing of initial funding for the NRF. Traditional foundations are going to have a problem with giving to the NRF due to its mission to have a climate resilience investment tax credit (CRITC) enacted by Legislators at the Federal, State and possibly Local levels of taxation.
This convincing of Legislators has to involve some form of Lobbying which has become very prevalent in the various levels of U.S. Government. Therefore, we have started to look at environmental not-for-profit organizations that have lobbyists on their staff or access to lobbyists. Some examples of these types of organizations are NRDC, The Nature Conservancy, Greenpeace, the Environmental Defense Fund, etc. The NRF is reaching out to these organizations to see if they will be able to either provide the seed financing or act as a fiscal sponsor or joint venture partner.
The Wharton School’s Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership (IGEL) has expressed interest in the NRF. I will be giving a lecture at the EES/IGEL seminar series on Wharton’s Philadelphia PA campus on January 22, 2014. The Lecture and Q & A are approximately one hour and I am hoping to give this lecture to other educational institutions and organizations that have an interest. If anyone would like to see the outline for the Lecture/Q & A an electronic version is available.
We are also hoping to engage HR & A more about their feasibility study proposal and the possibility of having HUD’s Rebuild by Design get involved with the NRF. One thought is to have HUD become more actively involved with the NRF to engage the Federal Government directly with the CRITC platform.
Finally, we are working on the NRF Business Plan and hope to have a draft within the next two weeks.
We will keep you apprised as further developments occur.