The sustainability challenges resulting from climate change that 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 environmental and resilience 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:

  • Coastal restoration
  • Disaster recovery
  • Energy efficiency
  • Forest restoration and resilience
  • Green infrastructure
  • Storm water management

We offer our government partners assessment, design, and financial structuring services to scale needed built and natural infrastructure solutions for a range of environmental and ecological challenges. 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.

Our Approach

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.

Resilience Screen with The Urban Resilience Fund

Social Finance is part of a consortium of impact-oriented organizations building a Resilience Screen for 100 Resilient Cities and the Rockefeller Foundation. The screen will be used by the Rockefeller Foundation’s Urban Resilience Fund (TURF) to identify and evaluate the resilience value of infrastructure projects. TURF is a global fund dedicated to facilitating investment in resilient urban infrastructure projects, demonstrating the value of the resilience dividend, and providing support for global cities’ efforts to improve their resilience. Through this project, Social Finance is leveraging its deep expertise valuing social and environmental outcomes by specifically working to develop a tool that identifies and evaluates an infrastructure project’s key resilience features, unintended consequences, and positive social and environmental co-benefits.