Episode 13: Fighting Fire with Finance feat. Blue Forest Conservation

Join host Rohit Shukla as he discusses the power of impact investing with Blue Forest Conservation Co-Founder and Partner, Leigh Madeira. Blue Forest Conservation — a Larta USDA 2017-2018 CAP1 company and current CATP company— seeks to prove that private capital can fuel public good, through the intersection of private investors, utilities, and public institutions.

Blue Forest Conservation’s Forest Resilience Bond is making history. The $4 million fund was fronted by primary investors SAA Insurance Group — part of AAA — and investment firm Calvert Impact Capital, with plans for Yuba Water Agency and a grant from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CalFire) to repay the bonds through annual payments.

These stakeholders are investing in the health of forests, removing debris and sediment, and funding work that directly lowers the risk of both wildfires and drought in California.

www.blueforestconservation.com

To help those affected by the California wildfires:

www.calfund.org

www.redcross.org

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