Spotlight: Institutional Investor vs. Individual Investor – Who is the Climate Adaptation Actor?

coffee-joyceAfter one year of blogging on the “Climate Adaptation Exchange”, Joyce Coffee, Edelman CSR & Sustainability Vice President, has covered a wide range of topics in adaptation from private sector investment and CSR to geoengineering, green buildings and GAIN, the Global Adaptation Institute

At Edelman, Joyce provides strategic sustainability counsel to Midwest companies. Previously, she directed the Chicago Climate Action Plan and managed environmental codes and water and air resources in the City of Chicago Department of Environment and Sustainability.  She has worked as an urban environmental consultant with the World Bank, the U.S. Agency for International Development’s U.S.-Asia Environmental Partnership and more. 

Q: Why did you choose climate adaptation as the subject of your blog? 

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Overcoming Inertia — Advancing Corporate Leadership in Adaptation

Geoffrey K. Willis is a partner in the Real Estate, Land Use and Natural Resources and Environmental Practice Group with Sheppard Mullin. With years of experience advising the private and public sectors, Willis understands the roadblocks that can keep many corporations from swiftly embracing the adaptation agenda, as well as the incentives that can help business overcome this “inertia.”

Very often, companies I advise come to us when they plan to invest and are looking for three things: certainty, stability and fairness.

Certainty: If you don’t know what your legal or regulatory requirement will be it’s very hard to know how your investments will turn out and what your infrastructure costs will be.

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Interview: Adapting to the new reality

David Burwell, Director of the Energy and Climate Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, talks with GAIN about his organization’s work on adaptation, specific threats to the transport and energy sectors as well as how the GAIN Index points out the adaptation needs in countries such as Russia.

GAIN: How has your work on climate and energy evolved to include adaptation? How are mitigation and adaptation policies related?

David Burwell: It is clear that climate change is not just a threat for the future, it is a condition of every day life in the 21st century. You have to be involved in both mitigation and adaptation because the effects of climate change are happening already. We need to work to create awareness on climate change through adaptation, which then encourages more policies to mitigate.

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New Jersey Brings Business Into Adaptation Strategy

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A new consortium of government, academic and business representatives is forming to address adaptation in the U.S. state of New Jersey. The New Jersey Climate Adaptation Alliance is based in Rutgers University, and, among other projects, will support demonstration projects, identify data needs and develop policy recommendations. As Rutgers reports

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Dr. Bruno Sanchez-Andrade Nuño, Guest Commentary Featured in La Razón

The Global Adaptation Institute’s (GAIN) Dr. Bruno Sanchez-Andrade Nuño published a commentary, “Más Acción, Menos Palabras,” in the Madrid-based daily newspaper, La Razón. Sanchez, Director of Science & Technology at GAIN, notes that in the wake of no clear path forward on tackling climate mitigation, concrete steps taken by world leaders attending the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting can harness the power of the private sector in helping those most vulnerable adapt to the challenges of climate change and other global forces:

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