• Case study

    Energy Service Company (ESCO) Model

    December 16, 2012 Philadelphia

    The ESCO model was developed to recoup the savings from implementing more energy efficient strategies onto commercial and industrial properties. Broadly, the ESCO model can be especially attractive to those considering structural rehabilitation of existing buildings that also focus on energy efficiency retrofits.

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  • Case study

    Sustainable Public-Private Loan Strategy

    December 16, 2012 Philadelphia

    Public-private loan structures can support sustainability projects that might not otherwise take place. Loans may be privately financed and publicly administered, publicly offered to private entities to fund activities on private land, privately aggregated for activity on public land, or use some other combination of public and private resources to achieve sustainability goals.

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  • Case study

    Tax Increment Financing (TIF)

    December 16, 2012 Philadelphia

    As is evident in major cities around the United States, TIF can be a valuable public finance tool for redevelopment projects. Establishing a TIF program allows the city to invest selected new property tax dollars into the neighborhood from which they came, instead of into the city's General Fund, for a defined period (typically 20 years). TIF funds are used to leverage public funds to promote private sector activity in a targeted district or area.

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  • Case study

    Climate and Green Bonds

    December 16, 2012 Philadelphia

    Climate and green bonds are fixed-income financial instruments that are issued in order to raise capital for the implementation of environmental projects, often climate change mitigation- or adaptation-related activities or renewable or energy efficiency projects, and therefore allow investors to report to their members on how their secure investments are also contributing to addressing environmental challenges

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  • Case study

    Stormwater Credit Program

    December 16, 2012 Philadelphia

    The Philadelphia Stormwater Regulations provide the legal measures for implementing stormwater billing. The Stormwater Credits program is designed to provide incentives to nonresidential and condominium property owners to implement and maintain functional Stormwater Management Projects (SMPs) to help the city meet its stormwater management goals, and to provide an opportunity for nonresidential and condominium property owners to reduce their monthly Stormwater Management Services (SWMS) charge.

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