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Environmental Loans


Caring for the Environment is in Our Nature

Our environmental work is integrally linked to our concern for people who have been left out of the financial mainstream. Low-income people are more likely to live in the least energy-efficient homes, attend schools with the worst indoor air quality, and live in areas that are subject to pollution and poor water quality.

Self-Help counters this dynamic by embracing the Triple Bottom Line model, which promotes:

  1. Equity by delivering positive impact that benefits low-income people and communities;
  2. Economic development by providing loans that help entrepreneurs start and expand businesses and provide better jobs; and
  3. Environmental returns by providing loans for a broad variety of purposes, including energy efficiency, healthier buildings, clean energy, sustainable food production, ecotourism and preservation of natural areas.

Our goal is to make sustainability part of what we do every day, and it's one we take seriously. As such, Self-Help is one of the few national financial institutions that does not invest in fossil fuel extraction and production. We invest in communities and sustainable energy projects.

Read more in Green Money Journal, our story of going greener with commitment, moxie and alliances with innovative partners.

Benefits:

  • Flexible terms
  • Competitive interest rates
  • Expertise in complex transactions
  • Professional service, personal attention
Environmental Loans
Visualizing Our Impact

Learn about Self-Help's Green Impact through these infographics. Click each image to see the full infographic.

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For more information, contact: 

Sarah Brennan at Sarah.Brennan@self-help.org or (510) 899-7816.