News & Resources
Below are links to articles we've written as well as to news, documents, web sites and other resources that might be of interest:
EKO Press Releases
- April 26, 2013: EKO AMP Press Release. Green Path Partners offer financing, delivery options for environmentally focused projects.
- March 6, 2013: EKO Asset Management, in New Partnership with TNC and NRDC, Releases Path-breaking Guide to Stimulate Private Investment in Natural Infrastructure Nationwide. Download issue brief (10 pages). Download full report (87 pages).
- February, 2012: Financing Stormwater Retrofits in Philadelphia and Beyond by Alisa Valderrama, Larry Levine, Starla Yeh, Eron Bloomgarden
- July 14, 2011: EKO Asset Management Bolsters Forestry Expertise
- May 31, 2011: BP Invests In EKO's U.S. Green Carbon Fund
- March 28, 2011: New Carbon and Environmental Markets Partnership Launched; Eron Bloomgarden Joins EKO Asset Management
- January 25, 2011: EKO Launches US Green Carbon Fund and Makes First Investment
- March 28, 2011: US Asset Management Firm EKO in Deal with Equator
- January 27, 2011: New Carbon Fund Eyes California Compliance Market
What We've Written
- Creating Clean Water Cash Flows Developing Private Markets for Green Stormwater Infrastructure in Philadelphia. EKO authors: Eron Bloomgarden, Ricardo Bayon, Kelly Wachowicz. EKO contributing authors: Craig Holland, Nathan Ranney, Jason Scott, Otho Kerr.
- Issue Brief: Creating Clean Water Cash Flows Developing Private Markets for Green Stormwater Infrastructure in Philadelphia. EKO contributing authors: Craig Holland, Nathan Ranney, Jason Scott, Otho Kerr.
- Voluntary Carbon Markets: An International Business Guide to What They Are and How They Work by Ricardo Bayon, Amanda Hawn, and Katherine Hamilton
- Conservation and Biodiversity Banking edited by Nathaniel Carroll, Jessica Fox, and Ricardo Bayon
- Banking on Biodiversity, Chapter 9 in the 2008 State of the World Report
- A Green Thumb for the Invisible Hand by Ricardo Bayon in Milken Institute Review
- Biodiversity Offsets: Views, Experiences, and the Business Case by Kerry ten Kate, Joshua Bishop, and Ricardo Bayon
- A Bull Market in Woodpeckers by Ricardo Bayon in Milken Institute Review
- Making Environmental Markets Work: Lessons from Early Experience with Sulfur, Carbon, Wetlands, and Other Markets by Ricardo Bayon
- Podcast presentation on environmental markets by Ricardo Bayon given in early 2007
Other Sites and Resources
For an excellent overview of various environmental markets, as well as the latest news from the worlds of carbon, water, and biodiversity, visit Ecosystem Marketplace. In particular, the site has an excellent set of downloadable publications on issues related to carbon and mitigation/conservation banking. And there is an excellent backgrounder on the various markets for ecosystem services emerging worldwide.
Another site that might be of interest is that for the Katoomba Group on ecosystem services. Also see the following downloadable documents:
- Getting Started: An Introductory Primer to Making PES Agreements (pdf)
- Other learning tools can be found on this site
For an exhaustive analysis of the problems facing the world's ecosystems, see the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment.
For carbon and climate change, see the work of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
For carbon trading, see:
- The EU Emissions Trading Scheme
- The Kyoto Protocol's Clean Development Mechanism
- The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI)
- The Western Climate Initiative
- The Climate Action Reserve
- Overall issues of climate neutrality
For biodiversity markets, such as the markets for wetland mitigation or conservation banking in the US, see the Ecosystem Marketplace (above), or else the home page of the US National Mitigation Bankers Association
An excellent book about the concept of ecosystem services is The New Economy of Nature by Gretchen Daily and Katherine Ellison.
Other useful sites:
- World Wildlife Fund Payment for Ecosystem Services
- USDA Forest Service Ecosystem Services
- Natural Capital Project
- Ducks Unlimited Ecological Services and Goods
- Wildlife Conservation Society
- The Nature Conservancy
- Conservation International
- Investor Network on Climate Risk
- Principles for Responsible Investment
- Business cannot function if ecosystems and the services they deliver—like water, biodiversity, fiber, food, and climate—are degraded or out of balance.
- —World Business Council for Sustainable Development