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How Sustainable Ocean Funds Are Navigating Impact Measurement

How Sustainable Ocean Funds Are Navigating Impact Measurement

Ted Janulis, Helena Janulis and Aly Rose
Investable Oceans and CREO Syndicate
Blue economy funds have experienced dramatic growth in the past half decade, with nearly thirty new entrants – ten or so of them in 2022 alone. This is good news, as it signals both growing investor interest in the sector and an increasing pipeline of investable opportunities. As this ocean investment ecosystem evolves, the question of how to measure impact in investments has become a frequent topic of discussion.
seal on iceberg courtesy of Philippe Cousteau Jr., SeaVoir Wellness

The Largest Climate Catastrophe That No One Knows About

Philippe Cousteau Jr. and Ashlan Cousteau
SeaVoir Wellness
“For generations, our family has pioneered the protection and restoration of our ocean by working in education, producing documentaries and writing books. But more recently, we realize that unless society builds financial systems that incentivize positive social and environmental outcomes and the corresponding economic opportunities for people, we will never solve the mounting environmental crisis facing our planet.”
Love Point Oysters CEI Maine

Aquaculture: Bringing Climate Resilience to Maine’s Blue Economy

Hugh Cowperthwaite and Nick Branchina
CEI Maine
Maine, with nearly 3,400 miles of coastline and over 2,000 coastal islands, is inextricably tied to the sea. The Gulf of Maine has long supplied Mainers with both livelihoods and food but is one of the fastest warming bodies of water on the globe, with the average temperature rising by four degrees Fahrenheit over last four decades. The changes are extreme enough to materially affect people’s dinner plates and their jobs. 
2022 Ocean Exchange Winners

Oceans and Climate: Investable Solutions

Millicent Pitts and Alex Akkaoui
Ocean Exchange
Ocean Exchange accelerates innovation for the blue economy as it continuously supports startups that have direct interests and impacts on our ocean’s ecosystem. OE provides support by re-distributing corporate and family philanthropy to vetted startups via a competitive process. Additionally, providing help with network introductions to partners and investors who can help advance the adoption of innovative ocean/climate solutions.

Additional Articles

Global Shipping Gets a Kick in the Rudder to Decarbonize

The future of maritime shipping looks a little like the past as recently the Pyxis Ocean, a huge cargo vessel is on a maiden voyage, sailing from Shanghai to Singapore and then Brazil - under wind power. Its 123-foot tall “WindWings” are a high-tech version of the canvas sails, which could save as much as 30% of the fuel needed for the trip.

A Dream Team for Ocean Carbon Capture?

A group of former Google, SolarCity and Tesla executives in April snagged $20 million in what is being called the largest ocean-based carbon removal investment to date. Ebb Carbon’s technology works by speeding up the natural process of ocean alkalinization. It captures water at existing facilities and uses electrochemistry to turn them into saltwater solutions.

Framework Helps Investors and Companies Understand True Value of Water

Ceres and Bluerisk have introduced a new cost-benefit analysis framework for companies to assess the full value of water stewardship across their value chain. Some companies account for water-related risks to their business, but this goes further to shed light on the full value of water by estimating the cost of solutions and potential business and societal benefits.

Ten Nature-Inspired Startups Solving Environmental and Social Problems

From inventing healable composites to reduce waste, to supporting agricultural yields from the soil to the pollinators, to the creation of sustainable and safe pigments that color our world, the 2023 Ray of Hope Prize® finalists offer inspiring solutions through their use of biomimicry (also referred to as nature-inspired or bioinspired design).

Community Foundations and Place-based Impact Investing

Community Capital Management, a leading impact and ESG investing manager, recently released a report, Community Foundations and Place-Based Impact Investing, which takes a look at how place-based impact investments can be a great way to leverage the endowments of community foundations and donor-advised fund portfolios to align with their missions.

Veris Wealth Publishes New Report on Investing in DEIB

“Investors have a powerful opportunity to help close the wealth gaps in the US and create a more equitable economy and society by investing in all communities. Wealth management firms can use DEIB factors in selecting asset-manager partner firms – thereby aligning their clients’ values with investments and with the management firms themselves,” said Veris CEO, Stephanie Cohn Rupp.

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