The sustainability challenges communities face are immense and in many ways unprecedented. Resiliency and sustainability outcomes for communities are becoming an increasingly crucial area of focus for governments. Philanthropy and public funding alone will not be able to fund the scale of change needed – mobilizing private capital can accelerate progress toward improving environmental and social outcomes.
Social Finance develops innovative public-private partnerships and mobilizes impact capital to support evidence-based interventions, addressing a wide range of pressing social needs. We are experts in identifying and valuing outcomes and we are now using that performance lens to deliver resilient and sustainable solutions for people in need.
Bringing an outcomes lens to infrastructure investments (for both man-made and natural systems) can attract additional private capital to advance outcomes, linking and quantifying social and environmental impact while helping governments pay only for projects that work. Areas with great potential for this kind of outcomes-based financing include but are not limited to:
- Energy efficiency
- Storm water management
- Coastal restoration
We offer our government partners assessment, design, and financial structuring services to scale needed infrastructure solutions. An example project might include analyzing the benefits of storm water runoff remediation, green space creation, and workforce development in a green infrastructure project or projecting the cost-savings, health benefits, and neighborhood development from financing home energy efficiency retrofits.
Examples of our Work
NYSERDA Energy Efficient Retrofits Feasibility Study
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is partnering with Social Finance to explore how Pay for Success financing can be leveraged to deploy energy efficient retrofits in low to medium income communities, and advance positive environmental and social outcomes. High energy costs create a burden for both households and government entities that subsidize costs for low-income households; by linking environmental and social outcomes–including energy utilization, green house gas emissions, job creation, and health outcomes–New York State can broaden and accelerate its energy efficiency impact via Pay for Success.