The Platform

About the Platform

In collaboration with a multidisciplinary project team, the Conference of Great Lakes St. Lawrence Governors & Premiers has developed the Great Lakes Impact Investment Platform (the Platform) in order to promote environmentally sustainable economic growth in the Great Lakes States and Provinces.

This geographically-specific, impact-focused investment platform is innovative and among the first of its kind. Our cross-border platform represents an unprecedented model that can be applied to natural resources across the globe.

Working to create benefits for participants, investors and residents of the Great Lakes St. Lawrence region

The Platform features various investment products intended to deliver demonstrable impact and revitalize the region’s waters, while also aimed to generate competitive, market-based financial returns.

Environmental and Social Goals Include:


20% Reduction

of nutrient inputs to sensitive watersheds

10% Improvement

in energy efficiency for water utilities

10-15% Reduction

in emissions resulting from less energy use, sustainable forestry, and nutrient management

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Three Themes of the Platform:


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Forestry

Our platform offers an innovative opportunity across the forestry value chain, which is tied towards specific, watershed-based environmental goals. These focus areas include land conservation, sustainable timber production, carbon sequestration, water resources management, and recreation.

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Smart Water Systems

The region’s diversified industry, along with its population of over 100 million people, depend on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence for water supply and wastewater discharge. Within different investment strategies, smart water systems offer attractive benefits that moderate risk and generate long-term cash flows while improving efficiency and reducing waste.

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Agriculture

Improving on-farm management of water represents a currently under-realized opportunity in the region and the Platform offers opportunities for sustainable agriculture production and agtech. “Smart Drains” satellite-based irrigation and, in some instances, conversion to regenerative production can reduce water withdrawals, energy use, and capital costs while improving crop yields or returns.

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Energy

The Platform features a range of projects in energy that aim to improve efficiency and reduce emissions. Focus areas include high-efficiency equipment and technologies, renewable energy generation, storage, incentives to reduce energy use, and other opportunities.



Diverse investment opportunities exist in each theme and will be integrated into investment strategies that focus on the
Great Lakes St. Lawrence region.

Performance Metrics:




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Gallons of Water Saved

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Kilowatts of Energy Saved

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Tons of Carbon Reduced and Stored

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Tons of Nutrients Reduced

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Forest and Farm Land – Certified Acres

Our Team


Development Supporters


Counsel


Advisors


Jon Allan
Sr. Advisor, Sr. Academic, and Research Officer
Univ. of Michigan School for Environment and Sustainability
John Steven Bianucci
Director of Impact
Iroquois Valley Farmland REIT
Lon Johnson
CEO & Founder
Waterworks Fund
Kevin Shafer
PE, Executive Director
Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District
Tapan V. Gandhi
CFA, Senior Investment Director
Cambridge Associates
Leigh Whelpton
Program Director
The Conservation Finance Network

Delivery Partners

Delivery Partners are organizations whose mission and activities align with the Platform, and who commit to a longer-term collaboration beyond the participation of a single project on the Platform. 


Michigan Saves is the nation’s first nonprofit green bank dedicated to making energy improvements easy and affordable for all Michigan energy consumers. Our green bank model is made possible by partnerships with private-sector lenders and energy providers, which allow us to make innovative, affordable financing available for energy-efficiency and renewable energy projects.

Quantified Ventures is an outcomes-based capital firm that drives transformative health, social, and environmental impact.

Leveraging deep content expertise and extensive capital relationships, we plan, finance, and develop transformative projects and programs that create health, social, and environmental impacts for a growing array of public and private organizations.

Benefits of being a Delivery Partner

Positive Publicity

Positive publicity as an enabler of impact investments in the region

Positive Publicity

Positive publicity as an enabler of impact investments in the region

Logo Recognition

Logo recognition and a description of your organization and relevant programs on the Platform website, in presentations and print materials

Logo Recognition

Logo recognition and a description of your organization and relevant programs on the Platform website, in presentations and print materials

Showcase Projects

Showcase projects in Platform newsletters, webinars and other communications

Showcase Projects

Showcase projects in Platform newsletters, webinars and other communications

Enroll in Third-Party Projects

Ability to directly enroll third-party projects in the Platform and serve as the reporting entity

Enroll in Third-Party Projects

Ability to directly enroll third-party projects in the Platform and serve as the reporting entity

Satisfy Multiple Reporting Requirements

Satisfy multiple reporting requirements with one data submission using the Platform’s reporting framework and environmental metrics developed by The Nature Conservancy for your projects or those of your members

Satisfy Multiple Reporting Requirements

Satisfy multiple reporting requirements with one data submission using the Platform’s reporting framework and environmental metrics developed by The Nature Conservancy for your projects or those of your members

Use the Platform's Logo, Brand, and Name

Ability to use the Platform’s logo, brand and name vis-à-vis projects participating in the Platform

Use the Platform's Logo, Brand, and Name

Ability to use the Platform’s logo, brand and name vis-à-vis projects participating in the Platform

Responsibilities of being a Delivery Partner

Accelerate the Mainstreaming of Impact Investing

Alignment with the Platform’s goals to protect and restore water and accelerate the mainstreaming of impact investing

Accelerate the Mainstreaming of Impact Investing

Alignment with the Platform’s goals to protect and restore water and accelerate the mainstreaming of impact investing

Enroll and Refer Relevant Projects

Enroll relevant projects on the Platform, or refer them for enrollment

Enroll and Refer Relevant Projects

Enroll relevant projects on the Platform, or refer them for enrollment

Commitment to use the Platform's Reporting Framework

Commitment to use the Platform’s reporting framework and environmental metrics when submitting a project

Commitment to use the Platform's Reporting Framework

Commitment to use the Platform’s reporting framework and environmental metrics when submitting a project

 

If your organization is interested in becoming a delivery partner, please email us at deliverypartner@gsgp.org to request more information.