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Hacking for Climate

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And now for something a little different in climate funding… BQuest is supporting a series of climate hackathons culminating in a data competition later this year with CDP, the global environmental disclosure non-profit. BQuest’s resident nerd, Andy, has a long and storied participation in hackathons, and helped spearhead this effort to hack for a cause! When you hear about a company’s reported carbon emissions, or investors focusing on corporate sustainability, it’s probably information that… Read More »Hacking for Climate

SunForAll, Open for Business

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We’re very happy to announce that SunForAll, our solar financing program for nonprofits in partnership with Collective Sun, is officially open and accepting applications! Because of their tax status, nonprofits are not able to take advantage of tax breaks offered to for-profit organizations for installing solar panels on their buildings. Through a creative financing approach, SunForAll helps the nonprofit take advantage of solar tax incentives, and then using a combination… Read More »SunForAll, Open for Business

They’ve got the chargers, now for the cars…

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Electric Vehicle Fund Pilot ProgramBuilding on our partnership with The MAAC Project in San Diego, BQuest and MAAC are working on launching an Electric Vehicle (EV) fund pilot program to help interested low-income families and individuals purchase EVs and be able to access the financial and environmental benefits of EV ownership. Electric vehicles, on average, cost less than half as much to operate as gasoline-powered vehicles.  Not only do EVs save on fuel… Read More »They’ve got the chargers, now for the cars…

Building electrification, coming soon to a city near you!

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There are more than 70 million homes and businesses across the U.S. that burn fossil fuels for heating, hot water, and cooking.In many  cities, fossil fuel use in buildings can account for anywhere between 15% and 40% of total citywide GHG emissions, especially in the Northeast.  As the grid gets greener through the growing use of renewable energy, the next step is to decarbonize our homes and move away from gas heating and… Read More »Building electrification, coming soon to a city near you!

Juvenile justice is really about the kids

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Overwhelming evidence shows that involvement in the juvenile justice system in and of itself produces negative outcomes for young peopleThe Children’s Initiative is changing the way San Diego’s children and youth grow and develop by sharing best practices with elected officials, influencers, and leaders.  BQuest’s multi-year grant focuses on supporting their work overhauling the way San Diego treats juvenile offenders.  The Children’s Initiative (CI) has made major strides in the last few… Read More »Juvenile justice is really about the kids

Thinking differently in order to bring clean water to the entire world… #nbd

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Charity:water, a BQuest grantee organization focused on bringing clean water to developing countries, is on track to have their biggest fundraising year ever- around $80 million- partly thanks to implementing a subscription-based donation option several years ago that has grown to include 40,000 active subscribers.  This translates to helping almost 2 million people gain access to clean water this year alone!  Charity:water has also set an ambitious goal of providing access to fresh… Read More »Thinking differently in order to bring clean water to the entire world… #nbd

Helping more SDSU student startups gain real experience

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ZIP Launchpad, an incubator and entrepreneurial community at SDSU, just wrapped their first-year grant with BQuest.  The goal of The Aztec Cooperative Fund grant was to help a wider population of students access the benefits of being part of a ZIP Launchpad team. Students hiring studentsUsing the Aztec Cooperative Fund, student startup teams were able to hire other students for services such as marketing and graphic design.  Through these collaborations,… Read More »Helping more SDSU student startups gain real experience

The Center for Climate Integrity says carbon polluters (spoiler alert- it’s Exxon) should pay

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New analysis, The Price Tag of Rising Seas, shows Americans the cost for seawalls in the next twenty years: over $4 BillionThe Center for Climate Integrity (CCI), a BQuest grantee, released a first of its kind analysis on the costs US coastal communities will face due to rising seas.  The analysis estimates the costs of sea walls and other mitigation tactics in the near-future and found that rising sea levels alone… Read More »The Center for Climate Integrity says carbon polluters (spoiler alert- it’s Exxon) should pay

Impact investing to help Habitat for Humanity build affordable houses for families faster

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Mission Driven Finance’s Homebuilding Investment Fund is accepting new investors to their affordable housing impact investment.  The Fund is a partnership with Habitat for Humanity to accelerate their family homebuilding efforts by allowing them to acquire and build home sites at a faster rate.  To date, the Fund has raised and already invested $1.4M with a goal of raising a total of $2M.  Construction is underway and some families have already… Read More »Impact investing to help Habitat for Humanity build affordable houses for families faster

Low-income renters in San Diego should also get to benefit from solar savings

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Low-income households spend disproportionately more on energy than other householdsGRID Alternatives is seeking to draw down new state funding for solar on affordable, multifamily housing.  GRID is a leader in low-income solar, installing free solar systems on homes while providing job training in solar installation, among many other programs focused on bringing the benefits of renewable energy technology to lower income communities.  These communities stand to benefit the most from energy savings, but the cost… Read More »Low-income renters in San Diego should also get to benefit from solar savings