2015 was AFI's formative year. Of course, we learned a lot. But six things really stuck out:
1. Only 1% of Austin’s Food is Local
The City of Austin staffed their Office of Sustainability with a really great guy, Edwin Marty, in 2015, who produced the excellent “State of the Food System Report” of April 2015. Of many telling statistics and stories, the one that hit hardest is the absurdly low percentage of food consumed in the Austin area that is actually produced around here. 1%. One stinking percent? Hard to believe such a food-inspired town imports 99% of what it eats from somewhere else. Collaborating to improving this statistic is one of our top priorities.
4. There's Lotsa Noise About Impact Investing, But How to Actually Do It?
Our Twitter and RSS feeds are full of stories in the popular (and niche) press about Impact Investing… how great it is, how big it is, how fast it is growing. But how, specifically, can the average investor actually find and transact deals? How should one construct a portfolio of impact investments? What financial advisors specialize in this? In 2016 we’ll work with partners to help our investors understand the nuts and bolts of where to look, how to engage, how to put money to work.
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