Jul 192014

NGO Sustainability Inc.

Board Meeting May 29th, 2014

Offices of Eric Chan, ECCO Designphoto 1

In attendance

Board Members – Harriet Schmidt, Elisabeth Kovac, Eric Chan, Jesse Pichel, Maritza Struyvenburg, Roma Stibravy

Observers – Jeurgen Hess, Eric Engler, David Sklar, Henri Talerman

Intern – Asher Talerman

1 – Introduction of Guests

2 – Greeting of President

3 – Minutes last Board Meeting

4 – Treasurer’s Report

5 – NGO Sustainability’s Consultative Status – Report by Maritza

6 – Update of Bylaws – Elizabeth and Maritza

7 – Update on April 29th 2014 Event – Harriet

8 – Update on the Solar Industry – Jesse

- Discussion by all members on renewable energy’s prospects for the near future around the world

9 – Update on Brazil Invitation – James

10 – Solar Lantern – Eric

11 – Negotiations with Shawn Miller

12 – Upcoming Second Annual Fundraiser – Matthew


Meeting Adjourned 9:01 pm



Jul 192014

Press Release
Sept. 16, 2010, 8:30 a.m. EDT · Recommend · Post:
Bank of America Ahead of Plan on 10-Year, $20 Billion Environmental Business Initiative
Environmental Progress Report Details $8.4 Billion Directed toward Addressing Climate Change

CHARLOTTE, Sep 16, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) — In a report issued today, Bank of America announced it is ahead of schedule on its 10-year, $20 billion business initiative focused on addressing climate change, launched in 2007. Through June 2010, Bank of America has directed $8.4 billion through lending, investing, capital markets activity, philanthropy and the company’s own operations. Details can be found in Bank of America’s 2010 Environmental Progress Report at www.bankofamerica.com/environment.
“One way Bank of America helps set opportunity in motion for clients and communities is by financing renewable and energy efficiency technologies and projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” said Anne M. Finucane, Global Strategy and Marketing officer and chair of Bank of America’s Environmental Council. “As an organization, we believe we can help address climate change and spur economic recovery by creating new businesses, technologies and jobs. Even in this challenging economy, the momentum we’re seeing demonstrates that strong demand for capital, service and expertise in this sector continues to present a compelling business opportunity.”
The $20 billion environmental business initiative is comprised of hundreds of transactions in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Canada and markets across Asia and Europe. The 2010 report provides an update on the company’s progress toward its environmental goals, commitments and activities including:
– $2.8 billion in commercial real estate banking, financing projects relating to LEED(R) (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification, ENERGY STAR, brownfield redevelopment and the use of renewable energy tax credits.
– $2.8 billion in equity and debt capital raised to help facilitate clients’ climate change initiatives.
– $2.2 billion in equipment financing for energy efficiency projects and renewable energy projects in solar, wind, biomass and biofuel technologies for both utilities and end users.
– $265 million in private equity investments for innovative companies addressing climate change issues.
– $233 million invested in corporate workplace energy and resource efficiency initiatives for Bank of America facilities and LEED certification for all new construction office facilities and banking centers.
– $102 million in transactions that have financed emission reductions in the global carbon markets.
– $21 million in philanthropic support for nonprofit organizations focused on addressing climate change and other environmental opportunities.
In addition, Bank of America Merrill Lynch has provided industry-leading advice to clients on more than $2 billion in low-carbon energy and clean energy mergers, acquisitions and other financial transactions on behalf of both large and small renewable energy companies.
The company also has taken measurable actions to reduce and report on the environmental impact of its own operations. Notably, as a member of the EPA Climate Leaders program, the bank reduced its absolute greenhouse gas emissions by 18 percent over its 2004 benchmark, doubling a goal set five years ago.
Bank of America
Bank of America is one of the world’s largest financial institutions, serving individual consumers, small- and middle-market businesses and large corporations with a full range of banking, investing, asset management and other financial and risk management products and services. The company provides unmatched convenience in the United States, serving approximately 57 million consumer and small business relationships with 5,900 retail banking offices, more than 18,000 ATMs and award-winning online banking with 29 million active users. Bank of America is among the world’s leading wealth management companies and is a global leader in corporate and investment banking and trading across a broad range of asset classes, serving corporations, governments, institutions and individuals around the world. Bank of America offers industry-leading support to approximately 4 million small business owners through a suite of innovative, easy-to-use online products and services. The company serves clients through operations in more than 40 countries. Bank of America Corporation stock (BAC 13.51, -0.04, -0.30%) is a component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average and is listed on the New York Stock Exchange.
SOURCE: Bank of America
Reporters May Contact:
Britney Sheehan, Bank of America, 1.206.358.7563

Aug 152013

Food Crisis PictureThe small town of Furnace Creek, California’s exposure to the heat wave has greatly diminished the quality and quantity of the 40% contribution it supplies for American agriculture. Its exposure to the Western drought has diminished groundwater supplies and increased energy costs due to the demand for pumping. One strategy that has been implemented is promoting the use of locally produced compost to increase the moisture-holding capacity of fields.  Investing in climate change adaptation would also be more cost-effective than the 11.6 billion invested in crop insurance.



Aug 052013
 Secretary of State John Kerry urged India to begin addressing climate change by reducing greenhouse gases emissions, even as the country attempts to bring electricity to tens of millions of its citizens. Kerry emphasized that though he recognizes India’s paramount commitment to eradicate poverty, climate change could cause India to endure excessive heat waves, droughts, as well as food and water shortages. India has consistently rejected efforts by developed countries to slow down its energy consumption for fear that it would retard its economic growth and hamper its drive to reduce poverty. For this reason, Kerry reassured India that protecting the environment could be consistent with India’s economic development by improving energy efficiency and spurring investment in green technology. He urges India to engage actively in the negotiations for the post-Kyoto Treaty. The 190-plus signatories to the United Nations Climate Convention have agreed to complete a new treaty with binding legal force by the end of 2015.
Jul 032013

On June 19th, 2013, President Roma Stibravy attended the North American Independence Conference. The featured keynote speakers included Hon. Alison Redford, Premier of Alberta. Panelists were John Hofmeister (Citizen for Affordable Energy),  Hon. Ken Hughes (Minister of Energy, Alberta), Sean Klimzak (The Blackstone Group), Peter Kruselnicki (TransCanada), Gordon Lambert (Suncor), Charles R. Morris (Century Foundation), Thoedore Roosevelt IV (Barclays Capital), and Anthony Yuen (Citigroup Global Commodities Research). Some of the features panels included: Building the Future: Energy Infrastructure and Finance, Protecting the Future: Innovation, Environment, & Climate Change and Securing and Growing the Future: The Role of Energy in North American Security and Economic Competitiveness .