CEI is actively defining our role in leading climate change mitigation and adaptation measures. As a Community Development Finance Institution (CDFI) and Community Development Corporation (CDC), CEI specializes in financing businesses that strengthen community response to climate change. Our borrowers are advancing renewable energy technologies; creating sustainable fishery, forestry, aquaculture, and farming practices; developing energy-efficient (and affordable) housing, commercial real estate, and community facilities; and are on the front-line in stewarding Maine’s considerable natural resources.
Our organizing principle is to advance public and private financing mechanisms that create capital for opportunity and change. In March 2014, CEI convened its 2nd Annual Impact Investing Roundtable to further stakeholder conversations about Climate Change, Social Equity & Economic Opportunity. Approximately 70 community development leaders, investors, and advocates joined CEI staff for a 90 minute exchange of perspectives on impact investing and climate change mitigation and adaptation in Maine.