Boot Camp Webinar Short Course

Presented by CFN in partnership with the Yale Center for Business and the Environment, the 2020 Boot Camp Webinar Short Course explores the latest trends and strategies in funding and financing being put to work for land and resource conservation, restoration, and stewardship. With an emphasis on hands-on tools and lessons from relevant case studies, we review innovative and overlooked opportunities in conservation finance in this 4-part video series.

Session 1: The Evolution of Conservation Funding & Financing

What exactly is conservation finance? Which approaches are well established, and what does emerging activity and innovation entail? This session provides an overview of how conservation finance approaches have evolved, exploring current trends and a range of funding and financing strategies being put to work for land and resource conservation, restoration, and stewardship.

Moderator: Allegra Wrocklage, The Conservation Finance Network

Presenters: Brad Gentry, Yale School of Forestry; Peter Stein, The Lyme Timber Company; Leigh Whelpton, The Conservation Finance Network

Session 2: Principles of Finance

Ever wonder what goes through the mind of an investor or what to expect when using different types of capital for a conservation finance deal? This session walks through financing terms and concepts, including basic transaction structures, how different participants come together in conservation transactions, the time value of money, and key considerations affecting financial returns.

Moderator: Allegra Wrocklage, The Conservation Finance Network

Presenter: David Hoffer, The Lyme Timber Company

Session 3: Conservation Finance Opportunities with Public and Philanthropic Capital

This session highlights a range of new or underutilized ways to leverage public and philanthropic dollars for land and resource conservation.   

Moderator: Leigh Whelpton, The Conservation Finance Network

Panelists:

  • Will Abberger, The Trust for Public Land
  • Margaret Bowman, Spring Point Partners
  • Mark Heller, Colorado Educational & Cultural Facilities Authority
  • Peter Howell, Open Space Institute
  • Alison Souders, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Session 4: Conservation Finance Opportunities with Private Capital

This session explores a range of case studies in how private capital is being used for land and resource conservation.

Moderator: Allegra Wrocklage, The Conservation Finance Network

Panelists:

  • Keith Bisson, CEI
  • Katherine Birnie, Ecosystem Investment Partners
  • Dylan Jenkins, Finite Carbon
  • Mark Lambert, Quantified Ventures
  • Jacob Israelow, Dirt Capital Partners