We are proud to work with pioneering issuers and be part of exceptional deals receiving distinction for innovating sustainable finance.

2021 Bond Buyer ESG/Green Deal of the Year

The Board of Education of the City of Newark, New Jersey, was recognized for their 2021 bonds financing comprehensive energy conservation measures at district schools. Kestrel provided the external review and is delighted to see Newark recognized for implementing energy and water efficiency measures to further advance the pursuit of equitable education and a just transition to a decarbonized economy.

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2021 Environmental Finance Social Bond of the Year: US Muni Bond

Equitable School Revolving Fund (ESRF) was recognized for their 2020 bond used to finance or reimburse ESRF for the cost of financing charter school loans to qualifying public charter schools.

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2021 Environmental Finance Lead Manager of the Year, Green Bonds – US Muni Bond

Bank of America gained attention for its role in the first green bond transaction from the City of Boston. As part of the overall $272 million Boston general obligation transaction, the green bonds were issued to finance energy efficiency and climate resiliency projects.

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2020 Bond Buyer Innovative Deal of the Year

Connecticut Green Bank was among the recipients of Bond Buyer’s annual Deal of the Year awards as the winner in the Innovative Financing category for their 2020 Green Liberty Bond.

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2020 Environmental Finance Award for Innovation – Green Bond Structure

2020 Environmental Finance Award for Asset-Backed Bond

Connecticut Green Bank was recognized with two honors highlighting the innovation and success of their April 2019, $38.6 million in green asset-backed securities—the first-ever solar asset-backed security transaction by a green bank.

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2020 Environmental Finance Green Project of the Year

California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS) received the award for its 2019 issuance to finance the expansion of its headquarters. We were proud to provide the external review that allowed them to achieve Climate Bonds Certification.

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