Posts by iandutton


On June 8th, World Oceans Day, NII Principal, Dr. Ian Dutton presented an impact investors perspective on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the United Nations Oceans Conference held at the UN Headquarters in New York. The World Oceans Conference was a major event organized by the UN to focus on implementation of SDG14. SDG 14 seeks to “conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable...

Knowledge integration from the bottom up is key for better management of biodiversity and cultural traditions in ancestral estates. In 2015, Nautilus Impact Investing principal Ian Dutton was invited to contribute to an innovative multi-faceted evaluation of an Indigenous Protected Area program in Australia–the Wunambal Gaambera Healthy Country Plan. Indigenous Protected Areas (IPAs) are voluntarily dedicated by Indigenous...

Partnerships and new approaches to generating greater returns on fisheries research and management investments were the focus of Ian Dutton’s keynote address to the Kenai Peninsula Fish Habitat Partnership Symposium, held this April in Sterling, Alaska. The Kenai Peninsula Fish Habitat Partnership (KPFHP) brings together a wide range of government, community, tribal and non-government organizations to support healthy fish,...

Shared Approaches to Measurement

Shared Approaches to Measurement


Posted By on July 17, 2016

Shared approaches to measurement are a hallmark of all professions. Medical professionals employ an increasingly sophisticated array of machines and tests to measure human health, and even professional athletes are judged against increasingly elaborate benchmarks. But how do social and environmental nonprofit professionals evaluate their effectiveness? Back in the early 2000s, while working with The Nature Conservancy I was privileged...

Making an Impact on Climate Adaptation

Making an Impact on Climate Adaptation


Posted By on October 4, 2015

Climate change poses unprecedented challenges – and opportunities for investors interested in positive impact. The 2014 National Climate Assessment reported clear evidence of climate change across the United States. However, the effects of that change manifest in very differently ways depending on state and region. Alaska is experiencing the fastest rate of climate change in the nation–and one of the fastest rates of...

Heat from the Sea. Really?

Heat from the Sea. Really?


Posted By on July 20, 2015

Heat from the Sea. Really? In 2009, while visiting Chena Hot Springs outside Fairbanks Alaska, I had the good fortune to spend a couple of hours with resort owner Bernie Karl, a visionary renewable energy pioneer. Bernie convinced me that just as there are viable geothermal energy projects in the Arctic, there is potential for ocean thermal energy in Alaska. I headed back south to the Alaska SeaLife Center (ASLC) in Seward, pondering...