A tale of investing in sustainable cities

SDG #11: Sustainable Cities. Efforts to make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable face significant challenges that have been exacerbated by the pandemic.

In this episode, you’ll hear about: 

  • Why making cities more sustainable requires solving political and other challenges.
  • How fixing cities can achieve other goals like fighting poverty and cleaning up the air.
  • What investors can do to help beat the challenge of creating affordable housing.
  • How impact investments can be created that account for adviser interests, too.

Related Story: What investors should know about the sustainability revolution

United Nations SDG #11 Information

New Market Funds

Expanding Access to Impact Investments

World Resources Institute

Guest Bios:

Anjali Mahendra is director of global research at World Resources Institute’s Ross Center for Sustainable Cities. She leads the research agenda and guides its worldwide team in conducting policy-relevant, innovative and interdisciplinary research across all program areas of the center. She also is co-leading development of the World Resources Report, Towards a More Equal City, a flagship WRI publication, working with thought leaders from around the world. Her current research focuses on how rapidly growing cities in the global South can manage urban expansion in a way that ensures equitable access to core services, and more resource-efficient economic and environmental outcomes. 

Derek Ballantyne is a  member of New Market Funds’ management committee and is responsible for the Community Forward Fund Assistance Corp. He has more than 20 years of experience leading community housing and development corporations as CEO of Toronto Community Housing and COO of Build Toronto. He has deployed over $500 million in real estate in Canada. He holds a BA from Carleton University.