Research

Investments in support of conservation provide benefits to society in the form of species and habitat protection, maintenance of working landscapes, enhanced provision of ecosystem services (such as clean water, timber, fisheries and carbon sequestration) and activities such as tourism, outdoor recreation and cultural observances. Global investment in conservation – estimated at roughly $50 billion per year – primarily comes from government, multilateral agency and philanthropic sources. Impact investing in the field of conservation endeavors to harness market constructs to monetize the value of conservation investments, thereby generating financial returns to investors while expanding the base of capital available for conservation.

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New ecosystem-wide mitigation and conservation banks are enabling large scale preservation and restoration of habitats and species. This innovative approach to private sector conservation aligns environmental, energy and impact investment interests to drive social and financial outcomes. i2 Capital is the principal sponsor of The Upper Green River Conservancy™, the nation’s first Co-Op Conservation Bank™, based in Wyoming.

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Innovative pay for success models are enabling new scaled conservation initiatives. i2 Capital is sponsoring the Revolving Water Fund to implement upstream farm-based clean water interventions that benefit municipal water users across the Brandywine Christina watershed in northern Delaware and Southeastern Pennsylvania.

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Advances in education platforms, delivery methods and measurement methodologies have the potential to dramatically improve student outcomes. i2 Capital is sponsoring a finance vehicle to accelerate the most promising outcome-focused solutions and enhance the education innovation ecosystem.

Renewable energy development is one of the most compelling and urgent social impact initiatives in the world today. i2 Capital is supporting multi-use land conservation and clean energy development that maximizes natural resource values on large scale agricultural and ecologically sensitive lands.