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David Bank
David Bank is Editor of ImpactAlpha, investment news for a sustainable edge. ImpactAlpha (formerly Impact IQ) covers companies, investors and deals that generate positive social and environmental impact along with financial returns. He is CEO of ImpactAlpha's parent company, Impact IQ Inc., which also includes, the shared impact database.

Previously, Bank was a reporter for The Wall Street Journal, covering the Internet, Microsoft and the software industry. His book, Breaking Windows (Free Press, 2001) was named one of the "Best Business Books" of the year by the Harvard Business Review and

Most recently, Bank was a vice president of (formerly known as Civic Ventures), deploying his journalistic and entrepreneurial skills and experience to advance innovative ideas and people making a difference with encore careers.

Bank was a 1996 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. He earned an M.S. in journalism from Columbia University and a B.A. in politics from the University of California at Santa Cruz.

Entries by David Bank

Ending Seafood Slavery: How Tracing Seafood Can Protect Humans, Too

(0) Comments | Posted March 20, 2015 | 5:00 PM


Co-authored by Maura Dilley

To blood diamonds, sweatshop apparel and other products to avoid, now add slave shrimp.

The global fishing industry, and the Thai fishing fleet in particular, is increasingly being called to account for abuses that represent not just virtual...

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JPMorgan Chase and Omidyar Back New Impact Fund Aimed at Brazil's Emerging Middle Class

(1) Comments | Posted March 16, 2015 | 1:20 PM

By Dennis Price and David Bank,

It's an emerging market within an emerging market.

Entrepreneurs who can deliver high-quality basic services on the cheap are rushing to meet the pent-up demands of Brazil's 112 million lower- and...

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'Nature Conservation Notes' Bring Individual Investors into Climate Fund

(0) Comments | Posted January 22, 2015 | 4:15 PM


Investing in conservation has long been the province of development-finance institutions and philanthropic foundations. Now, wealthy individuals are starting to invest as well, opening a potentially huge new source of private capital for ecosystem preservation.

Dozens of individual investors committed a total of...

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Fish 2.0's Call to Action for Seafood Entrepreneurs and Investors

(0) Comments | Posted January 14, 2015 | 9:22 PM


ImpactAlpha - Everybody, it seems, wants their seafood sustainable. That growing demand is spurring investor interest in aquaculture, seafood supply chains and technology solutions that address the shortage of affordable, tasty protein that does not deplete already-stressed fisheries.


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Show Me the Deals: Impact Investors Look for Opportunities in Conservation Finance

(0) Comments | Posted November 6, 2014 | 9:21 AM

2014-11-06-iStock_000003535357Large.jpg -- Private equity fund managers are sitting on more than $1.5 billion in private capital that already has been raised for investments in sustainable agriculture and forestry, water quality, wildlife habitat and other conservation projects. They expect to raise...

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Beyond Carbon: Althelia Climate Fund Attracts Conservation Investors

(0) Comments | Posted October 24, 2014 | 10:13 AM


ImpactAlpha -- Multiple cash flows. Clear environmental benefits. Enhanced rural livelihoods. Strong local partners. Guarantees against losses. Market-rate returns.

The Althelia Climate Fund, based in Luxemburg and London, has packaged many of the elements that bankers and conservationists alike say are necessary...

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Sustainable in Seattle: A Deal to Meter and Finance Energy Efficiency

(1) Comments | Posted October 7, 2014 | 3:53 PM

2014-10-07-11587645695_3de737a96b_b.jpg -- We get energy from coal, from gas and from the wind and the sun. And we also get energy from improving technologies, as we perform the same useful work more efficiently. Last week, the public utility in Seattle...

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CREO Investors Pledge $300 Million for Environmental Impact

(0) Comments | Posted September 10, 2014 | 10:30 AM


Environmentalists are claiming their seats at the impact investing table.

Nearly a dozen wealthy families are announcing today that they have committed to invest a combined $300 million over five years in commercial ventures in the areas of climate,...

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Attracting Elusive HNWIs to Impact Opportunities in India

(0) Comments | Posted September 2, 2014 | 12:59 PM

2014-09-02-MILAAPPICTURES.jpg -- Just when many fund managers are throwing up their hands in frustration at the reluctance of affluent individuals to write checks comes a sign that it may indeed be possible to get rich folks to actually commit to...

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"USDA-Approved" Conservation Innovation

(0) Comments | Posted July 23, 2014 | 2:23 PM

By Logan Yonavjak and David Bank

2014-07-23-iStock_000002962004Large.jpg -- Paying farmers to store carbon in untilled prairie. Stimulating demand for wooden "plyscrapers." Creating markets for nutrient and temperature credits.

This is not your grandparents' Department of Agriculture.

At a White House meeting...

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Private Capital, Public Good, Federal Policy

(0) Comments | Posted June 25, 2014 | 2:30 AM -- The modern venture capital industry arguably dates to 1979 when federal regulators freed pension funds to make venture investments that helped unleash a technology revolution.

Similar changes in federal regulations now could unleash "impact investing," argue more than two dozen leaders of the emerging investment...

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Conserving Landscapes and Ecosystems With Private Investment

(0) Comments | Posted May 16, 2014 | 11:12 AM

Private investors are finding new opportunities to invest in large-scale conservation efforts intended to protect biodiversity and boost "ecosystem services" such as clean water, clean air and carbon storage.

Earlier this year, 50 leading practitioners of "conservation finance" came together for a two-day workshop hosted by the Federal Reserve...

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Investing in Private Health Care for All in India

(0) Comments | Posted April 9, 2014 | 3:07 PM

India is in the midst of the world's largest experiment in democratic elections, with more than 800 million people eligible to vote in its current parliamentary elections.

Impact investors are monitoring what may be an even more interesting experiment. The efforts by India's new crop of health care entrepreneurs to...

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Save the Oceans, Feed the World, Make a Profit?

(0) Comments | Posted March 18, 2014 | 7:50 PM

Impact IQ -- What's good for the fish is good for the fishing communities -- and for impact investors.

That's the thesis of three new vehicles for investing in sustainable fisheries that will be tested in the Philippines, Chile and Brazil over the next two years...

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D.Light Raises $11 Million to Light up Developing World

(0) Comments | Posted February 25, 2014 | 5:23 PM

Like Facebook's $19 billion acquisition of WhatApp, the announcement that d.light design has closed $11 million in new financing is a signal of Silicon Valley's increasing interest in technology's role in meeting the needs of emerging middle-class consumers in the developing world.

Investors in d.light, which makes affordable solar lanterns,...

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Q&A With Morgan Stanley: Clients Demand Impact Investment Options

(0) Comments | Posted November 25, 2013 | 3:41 PM

Impact IQ - Watch this space: Major financial institutions are starting to compete for clients who want to mobilize their capital for social and environmental solutions

Morgan Stanley this month announced a five-year goal of $10 billion in client assets for its Investing with Impact platform, which...

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Stocking the Investment Pipeline in Sustainable Seafood

(0) Comments | Posted November 22, 2013 | 11:49 AM

There's now a good answer for impact investors who wonder where to look for deals in sustainable seafood and ocean preservation: Fish 2.0.

Last week's two-day event to cap the year-long business competition showcased 20 finalists and semi-finalists with a wide range of seafood businesses from distribution and marketing systems to tracking...

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Impact Investment Performance: Tiptoeing Toward Transparency

(1) Comments | Posted November 21, 2013 | 12:12 PM

The recent release of details about the performance of several impact investment portfolios and funds is another step toward answering the question more and more investors are asking: Is impact a boost -- or a bust -- in terms of financial returns?

"Institutional investors aren't going to move on impact...

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Impact Fund Invests in Aquaculture to Preserve Oceans

(0) Comments | Posted November 19, 2013 | 3:25 PM

Impact IQ -- Within a few years, most of the fish we eat will be farmed, not caught.

That could be a boon for already over-stressed oceans. But the worldwide explosion of aquaculture since 1970 has left its own trail of environmental destruction, from toxic concentrations of...

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Women Are Hot...Investments

(1) Comments | Posted October 24, 2013 | 4:48 PM

Janet Yellen, Christine Lagarde and a handful of U.S. senators notwithstanding, women are still underrepresented in the world of finance.

So it was a reversal earlier this month to be one of the few men among nearly 100 women investors, wealth advisors, bankers and analysts gathered to reshape global financial...

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