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Alisa Valderrama, Senior Project Finance Attorney, New York

Alisa Valderrama
My work at NRDC focuses on financing green infrastructure to achieve better water quality. Green infrastructure is a means to manage stormwater through tree-planting, rain gardens, and other strategies that mimic natural infiltration processes. It is an emerging way to cost-effectively reduce water pollution and increase green space in urban areas. I saw the importance of stormwater management firsthand while I grew up in San Diego, where the city suffers from reckless coastal development and underinvestment in stormwater systems even though the local economy is dependent on its beaches. Green infrastructure represents an exciting market opportunity as many cities are in desperate need of cost-effective solutions to upgrade aging stormwater infrastructure.

Recent Posts

Philadelphia businesses get help from City for green stormwater improvements

Posted January 30, 2015 by Alisa Valderrama

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Novel program benefits city, local businesses, and property owners If you own a commercial property in Philadelphia, you just might be able to get the Philadelphia Water Department (PWD) to pay for stormwater improvements on your land. These improvements would...continued

Testing California's Waters

Posted June 25, 2014 by Alisa Valderrama

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Summary: Stormwater runoff from our urban and suburban environments is a primary source of beach water pollution in California  -  yet California cities and agencies are constrained by state law from raising money to fix the problem. As a result,...continued

What is the "Green Edge?"

Posted December 17, 2013 by Alisa Valderrama

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Capturing stormwater using “green” practices such as trees, rain gardens, and porous pavement helps solve major urban stormwater problems while also improving the health and livability of neighborhoods.    As an increasing number of cities begin to implement green stormwater...continued

NatLab Report Highlights Strategies for Green Infrastructure Finance

Posted March 6, 2013 by Alisa Valderrama

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Investments in stormwater and sewer infrastructure are becoming a top priority for municipal decision-makers as they brace for more frequent severe weather events.  But what will those infrastructure investments look like? How will cities pay for them? A new report...continued

Why 2013 will be a big year for green infrastructure finance

Posted January 10, 2013 by Alisa Valderrama

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  Three recent publications present compelling reasons why private financing for green infrastructure is going to be a hot topic in 2013, and likely for decades to come.  1) Cities are speaking up, increasingly loudly, about their aging storm and...continued

The Fight for PACE Continues...

Posted June 29, 2012 by Alisa Valderrama

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Despite FHFA’s sustained effort to crush Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE), PACE continues to re-surface as one of the most scalable and viable mechanisms to improve residential energy efficiency and create jobs without dependence on public subsidy. Perhaps that is...continued

Rio+20: What's love got to do with it?

Posted June 21, 2012 by Alisa Valderrama


Rio +20: What’s love got to do with it? The City of Brotherly Love, of course, The City of Philadelphia! Key folks from the City of Brotherly Love are in Rio right now, utilizing the Rio+20 platform to showcase the...continued

New NRDC report highlights pathways for innovative private financing of green infrastructure retrofits

Posted February 1, 2012 by Alisa Valderrama

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  As a kid in San Diego, I remember how after a rainstorm,  long after the skies had cleared and the day was beautiful, the ocean would be polluted -- so polluted that it was dangerous for my brother and...continued

Be a Part of PACE

Posted January 25, 2012 by Alisa Valderrama

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Beginning today, an innovative energy-smart finance program for homeowners – called Property Assessed Clean Energy or PACE – has a chance for revival. Over the next 60 days (until March 26th, 2012), a broad bipartisan coalition of business leaders, environmentalists,...continued

Better Buildings Needed Now, Says White House

Posted February 4, 2011 by Alisa Valderrama

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Here at NRDC’s Center for Market Innovation, we spend a lot of time thinking about how to establish market conditions and mechanisms that will create a “new normal” for energy efficiency finance in existing buildings.   “New normal” means property...continued

PACE program helps New Yorkers with energy efficiency, renewable energy projects

Posted March 24, 2010 by Alisa Valderrama

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New York communities may soon receive federal stimulus funds to help property owners make energy efficient renovations and investments in renewable energy that can significantly lower their energy bills. And – hopefully – it’s only the beginning. A new program...continued


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