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This white paper from the mid 1990s outlines CEI’s sustainable rural development principles honoring the environment and connecting social justice and environmental justice.
CEI specializes in “triple bottom line” financing for businesses that are often playing a direct or indirect role in strengthening community response to climate change. Our borrowers are advancing renewable energy technologies; creating sustainable fishery, forestry, aquaculture, and farming practices; developing energy-efficient (and affordable) housing, commercial real estate, and community facilities; and are on the front-line in stewarding Maine’s considerable natural resources. In March 2014, CEI convened its 2nd Annual Impact Investing Roundtable to further stakeholder conversations about Climate Change, Social Equity &... read more
As printed in the Des Moines Register on June 13, 2015:
As political candidates begin traveling across Iowa, they will no doubt be asked what action they will take on climate change. It’s important to help them remember that low-income, rural Americans are extremely vulnerable to the economic and health effects of a changing climate, and stand to benefit the most from investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy.
Rural communities feel the direct impacts of a changing climate. Farmers and ranchers adapt to extreme weather by necessity, rural grocery stores have higher electricity bills during heat... read more
The White HouseOffice of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
June 10, 2015
FACT SHEET: Administration Announces Actions to Bring Jobs and Clean Energy to Rural America
Financing Hundreds Of Projects To Reduce Carbon Pollution In Rural Communities
President Obama is committed to combating climate change to protect future generations while supporting a strong rural economy. Climate change can no longer be seen as a distant... read more