ESG & Infrastructure Initiative
Our vision is the transformation of infrastructure development where sustainable infrastructure is the norm, promoting environmental leadership, social well-being, and strong governance. Through innovation, collaboration, and a relentless commitment to sustainability, we strive to create a resilient and inclusive infrastructure landscape that meets the needs of present and future generations, while safeguarding the planet and fostering prosperous communities.
Develop guidelines and promote best practices that can be adopted to seamlessly integrate ESG practices into every infrastructure project that minimize environmental impact, foster social inclusivity, and uphold high governance standards.
The Institute of Corporate Responsibility manages the ESG & Infrastructure Initiative. The ICR Director, Prof. John Forrer can be reached at [email protected]. The Institute of Corporate Responsibility can be reached at [email protected].
- Steering Committee
The activities of the ESG & Infrastructure Initiative are guided by its Steering Committee members. Current Steering Committee members include:
Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Phoenix Infrastructure Group
Aaron Cope, Jr.
Director, Investor Relations, Finance & ESG, Edison Electric Institute
Chief Climate Policy and Coordination Officer for Arlington County, Office of Climate Coordination and Policy
Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Transportation, US Department of Transportation
Senior Corporate Banker, Amalgamated Bank (Washington, D.C.)
Vice President, Infrastructure & Energy JLL
Managing Director, BlueHaven
Executive Director, AIAI
Seth Miller Gabriel
Director, Infrastructure & Public-Private Partnerships
Our podcast features some of the top ESG and infrastructure voice addressing the issues they find most pressing. These 20-minute interviews give light to an array of topics. Five episodes are currently available, and more episodes are coming soon!
- Review of ESG Standards and Infrastructure
Applying ESG standards to infrastructure projects is an old and new story. If looked at narrowly, the old story is infrastructure projects involve extensive environmental impact studies and adopt minority sub-contract policies. But ESG look sat the effects of infrastructure through a much wider lens—that is the new story. We are reviewing scholarly and informal research on ESG standards that are being proposed and adopted.
- WrapAround Investments and Infrastructure Case Studies
The WrapAround Infrastructure approach brings together institutional investors and impact investors to finance infrastructure projects with an emphasis on expanding the positive social and environmental effects on local communities. We have an on-going research program that develops case studies infrastructure projects that are designed using the Wraparound approach.
Case studies to date include:
- Affordable Housing
- Urban Campus Revitalization
- Employment Training Centers
- Smart Cities
Case studies in progress include:
- High Speed Rail
- Urban revitalization (Transit hub)
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