Rural Climate Policy Priorities

The intent of this working document is to describe climate change concerns specific to rural communities in the United States and identify...

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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

This is the story of the redevelopment of an abandoned mill in rural Maine, which now has a new life powered by renewable energy and wired for gigabit broadband. This mixed use complex includes a restaurant, boutique hotel, 22 affordable housing units, and business tenants. 

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

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