The Platform seeks to reduce nutrient inputs to sensitive watersheds by 20%, increase energy efficiency by 10% and reduce emissions by 10-15%. It contains a listing of the region’s green investments (for example green bonds, green lending, and real assets, etc) and tracks the environmental-social-governance (ESG) metrics of the projects built using these investments. As such, the Platform helps investors and individuals, as well as governments and organizations be creative in the ways they can develop, finance, and pay for environmentally sustainable projects.
Since its launch in 2020, the Platform has attracted nearly $5 billion to fund over 47 sustainability projects in the Great Lakes St. Lawrence region of the U.S. and Canada. The Platform is working to showcase even more environmental, energy efficient and social impact projects going forward.
Sample Platform projects include:
Reporting to the GSGP, ECT is working in collaboration with The Nature Conservancy, and the School for Environment and Sustainability (SEAS) and Center for Smart Infrastructure Finance (SIF) at the University of Michigan.