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Jones speaks at Energy and Natural Resource Working Group

On October 8 and 9, Croatan Institute Senior Fellow Fern Jones spoke at the Appalachian Funders Network’s new working group on Energy and Natural Resources. The Energy and Natural Resource Working Group is a planning team with the goal of developing strategies for funders to support energy sector transition efforts in Appalachia. The working group consisted of 10 funding organizations and 20 practitioners who discussed their experiences with and knowledge of energy and natural resources in Central Appalachia.

Jones first presented on Financing Green Energy: Clean Bonds, and explained how standard finance tools such as bonds can potentially intersect, support, and challenge the goals and initiatives of the AFN and the working group. Later on, Jones sat on a panel focused on the private sector role of realizing renewable energy’s potential in Appalachia. She spoke about the the types of private capital and the role of venture capital for early stage projects and products and private equity in general for enterprise building along the spectrum of environmental, social, and governance investments.

For more information on the Institute’s related work, please visit our project page on Fossil-Free Investing for an Appalachian Transition and our recent publication, Fixed Income Investing in Climate Solutions: Green Bond Opportunities for Philanthropic Foundations.

Fern Jones can be reached for comment at fern [at]