About Four Twenty Seven
Happening This Week
NYC is planning $27 billion in green bond-funded infrastructure resiliency improvements. Green bond programs, only conceptualized in 2008, have already become an essential funding tool for climate change initiatives. Cities like Oakland, Los Angeles, and DC pioneered the system using green bonds to fund major infrastructure projects that cut carbon or build resilience, but that is small potatoes considering that Green bond issuance is expected to quadruple between 2013 and 2014.
The growing acceptance of this new financing strategy comes at an opportune time as a new EEA survey shows European countries struggling to move forward with climate change adaptation plans already included in legislation, citing "time, money, or technology" as significant obstacles.
In an effort to curb similar impediments in the US, the White House announced the new Climate Action Champions Competition this week, which pits successfully greening communities in a battle for federal assistance. Winners will receive both technical and financial support for work on green projects, with a focus on those that simultaneously shrink their carbon footprint and bolster resilience to natural disasters. A second competition is planned for communities with limited resources that have demonstrated commitment and motivation to climate change mitigation and adaptation.
Green bonds and the White House competition are two great illustrations of the need for both public and private efforts to support climate adaptation. Our latest blog post, published on the Huffington Post, discusses the crucial role of business in community resilience.
Recent Blog Entries
October 27-30, 2014 - GreenBiz's VERGE in San Francisco
November 4, 2014 - The UN Global Compact's US Network Symposium in New York City
Emilie Mazzacurati will speak on climate risks in the supply chain.
November 5, 2014 - The 2014 Notre Dame Global Adaptation Index Annual Meeting in Washington, DC
Emilie Mazzacurati will speak on climate risk and business continuity planning
February 23-25, 2015 - The Climate Leadership Conference in Washington, DC
For more details on upcoming events and training courses: visit the Events section of our website.
Four Twenty Seven in the Media
Four Twenty Seven's CEO and founder Emilie Mazzacurati came in 2nd for North America in the prestigious and competitive Cartier Women's Initiative Awards at the 2014 Women's Forum on October 16th. Congratulations Emilie!
Four Twenty Seven is featured in the Environmental Business Journal's Environmental Industry Outlook 2014: read the full article here.
Four Twenty Seven on Twitter
- RT @DavidBakerSF: Best climate-politics story of the week: WaPo looks at how rising seas affect FL governor race. http://t.co/j2r22WwbP7 vi…
- RT @refocuspartners: Our economy depends on businesses getting smarter about their climate risk http://t.co/zDJtHcqqYB @emazzacurati via @H…
- My Op-Ed: Corporate Climate Risk Management: Rising to the Challenge http://t.co/xhkUQ1o1BH via @HuffPostImpact
- We got 2nd place in #CartierAwards ! A great validation of the need for more innovation and audacity in climate risk management.