2018 Green and Social Bond Principles Annual General Meeting & Conference

14 June 2018 :: Hong Kong

Conrad Hotel
Learn how to Finance Green Cities & Sustainable Counties

In 2005, the United States of America hosted its first United Nations Environment Day featuing Green Cities Expo. This 
“event within an event” was produced by Seven-Star, Inc and the brother and sitster team Georgia and Joseph Malki. Green Cities Expo featured an unprecidented exposition of sustainable infrastructure corporations and emerging international financiers of ecologically responsible projects for cities, counties and states.

In 2007 the European Investment Bank (EIB) issued the first green bondto finance its climate-related projects. It was listed on the Luxembourg Stock Exchange (LuxSE).

Later in 2008, Georgia and Joseph launched GreenCities.com a similar event series which toured Huntsville, Alabama, Orlando, Florida and New York City focused on the underwriting of large scale government, commerical and industrial projects. The event promoted the USGBC’s LEED contstruction standards and ANSI’s Capital Market Parnership Combined Green Building Underwriting Standards.  While the market has evolved, Green Cities has pushed to world to integrate the science of sustainability into financial markets.

In 2015, Nasdaq launched The Nasdaq Sustainable Bond Markets and now American markets are responding to both investing in Green Bonds and even more importantly municipal and country governments are raising capital for sustainble projects using these effective development vehicles. 

According to Climate Bonds, “On September 28th, the total amount of green bonds issued in 2017 ytd (USD83.2bn) overtook last year’s total issuance of USD81.6bn.” Download the report. The top sources of issuance were Mexico (USD4bn), China (USD3.9bn), France (USD3.3bn), U.S. (USD2.8bn) and India (USD1.9bn). 24% of new issuers were from China and 18% from the U.S.”

Is your city, county, state or organization ready to explore how Green Bonds can advance sustainability in your community? Green Cities’ new road show providing green bond and other sustainable finance instrument education to local and regional government leaders across the country. Contact Joseph B. Malki for more information at jmalki@jhu.edu


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