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CDFA & OSU Webcast: Using the Successes of Energy Finance to Guide Progress in Food Systems Finance
April 24, 2017 @ 9:30 AM Eastern

The CDFA & OSU Webcast is a special one time offering. This webcast will cover the Energy Finance Landscape and explore how its successes may be applied to the Food Systems Landscape. This webcast will be run by students taking the graduate level Sustainable Financing class in the Department of City and Regional Planning at The Ohio State University. Webcasts are also recorded and saved for future review by individuals not able to attend the live presentations.


As clean energy and sustainability have become mainstream concerns, innovative models to finance the new clean energy economy have been developed across the country to advance sustainability goals such as energy efficiency, resiliency, health, environment and economy. Many of these programs have achieved high levels of success and are worthy of investigating for potential uses in different financing sectors. This webinar aims to identify existing and emerging tools in energy finance which promise potential to support local food systems and build upon opportunities to connect communities to fresh and healthy foods through a local food economy. This webcast will provide a thorough description of how certain finance tools are being used for sustainable development in energy and both speculative and concrete findings of how these tools could be used toward similar sustainability in food systems.


9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Eastern The Energy Finance Landscape

Ohio State Undergraduate and Graduate students will present their findings in the Energy Finance Landscape. This will include a discussion on the current state of the Landscape with a focus on its most successful models of finance. This discussion will highlight key findings with a focus on the Infrastructure, Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE), and Energy Efficiency/Renewable Energy sectors.

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM Eastern The Food Systems Landscape

Ohio State Undergraduate and Graduate students will present their findings in the Food Systems Landscape. This will include a discussion of the six sectors that were determined for the Food System and how different types of financing tools can be applied to support them. This discussion will highlight the successes that were discovered in researching the Energy Finance Landscape and explore three tools (New Markets Tax Credits, Revolving Loan Funds, and Crowdfunding) that could strongly support the Food System.

Register in advance to confirm your participation and receive login information. Registration is free and open to all interested stakeholders.


CDFA National Sponsors

  • Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority
  • Baker Tilly Virchow Krause
  • Ballard Spahr LLP
  • BNY Mellon
  • Bricker & Eckler LLP
  • Bryan Cave LLP
  • Business Oregon
  • CohnReznick
  • FBT Project Finance Advisors LLC
  • Frost Brown Todd, LLC
  • Hawkins Delafield & Wood LLP
  • Ice Miller LLP
  • KeyBanc Capital Markets
  • Kutak Rock LLP
  • MB Financial Bank, NA
  • McCarter & English, LLP
  • McGuireWoods
  • Miles & Stockbridge P.C.
  • NW Financial Group, LLC
  • SB Friedman Development Advisors
  • Squire Patton Boggs
  • Stern Brothers & Co.
  • Stifel Nicolaus
  • U.S. Bank
  • Wells Fargo Securities
  • Wilmington Trust
  • Z. The Bond Buyer
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