Alec Appelbaum

Alec Appelbaum
News Editor, Yale Center for Business and the Environment
Yale College, BA, 1993 Yale School of Management, MBA, 1998

Alec Appelbaum writes and teaches to help all stakeholders act on climate challenges. He's written journalism and research for the New York Times, the Atlantic, Bloomberg CityLab, the Urban Land Institute, the Rockefeller Foundation, and many others. He's taught about writing or climate or both at New York City high schools, Pratt Institute, NYU Stern School of Business, and in enrichment training for teachers in the New York City Department of Education. 

At CBEY, he coaches and edits students who write stories for the Clean Energy Finance Forum and Conservation Finance Network websites, and helps edit and write publications across the Center. He lives in Lower Manhattan, works in Brooklyn, and gets misty over New Haven.

Authored Articles
US capitol

A Pioneering Environmental Impact Bond for DC Water (Updated)

District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority (DC Water) created a municipal bond that covers the downside risk of using green infrastructure to control stormwater runoff. By offloading risk to investors, the utility drew new financing -and time to get its practices right. Now other cities are following its lead.
Proctor Creek in Atlanta

How does Atlanta's Proctor Creek connect to national water management and worldwide carbon mitigation? The same way conversations about small projects connect to global biodiversity breakthroughs.  / Shawn Taylor / CC BY 2.0 

Conservation Finance Boot Camp: Sharing and Benefiting From Stories of Shared Benefit

How can professionals who devote their lives to sustaining real places connect in virtual space? Judging from the 2021 Boot Camp, pretty intensely. Digital again for the first time, the 2021 Conservation Finance Boot Camp drew over 120 professionals from at least six time zones to learn proven...