Climate Threat Resilience Ratings

As the negative economic and social impacts of climate change become increasingly foreseeable and severe, HIP Investor employs its Climate Threat Resilience Ratings to analyze potential future investment risks and location-based resiliency. HIP’s Climate Threat Resilience Ratings synthesize comprehensive factors that measure hazard risk, planning, mitigation, and readiness. Communities facing threats from changing temperatures, floods, precipitation, sea level, and more are evaluated at the county level.

Inputs Include:



Human, property, and land loss attributable to earthquakes, and extreme weather (including temperature, hurricanes, landslides and wildfire)



Population health and vulnerabilities, local trade and labor economy, social cohesion, public safety, public and emergency services



Community preparedness (dams, levees, earthquake-resistant construction), personal preparedness (homeowner & flood insurance), and natural resource conservation of resilient ecosystems.


Natural Environment

Ecosystem types, biodiversity, and adaptability in predictive climate changes.


Built Environment

Communication infrastructure, housing permitting and vulnerability, transportation access, utilities infrastructure, and vacant structures.


State Preparedness

Adequacy of State-level initiatives and plans to address climate change related disasters and extreme-weather events.



HIP Rated Muni Universe: 119,000 US municipal bond issuers and impact entities.


Reduced Risk

Both extreme weather events and climate change-induced migration pose the potential to devastate municipal bond issuers’ ability to repay their debts. By evaluating these events and communities' readiness to respond to these threats, HIP Investor’s Climate Threat Resilience ratings provide muni investors with valuable insight into otherwise ignored future credit risks.

Climate Action Reports

In addition to providing data and ratings, HIP works directly with cities, counties and regional partnerships to identify and implement financing pathways for climate action and adaptation initiatives, particularly those that prioritize measures that reduce greenhouse gases (GHGs) and have a positive return on investment (ROI).

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HIP Investor Ratings

HIP Impact Ratings are quantitative based ratings to fund positive impact and optimized risk-adjusted investments.

HIP ratings span...

Global Corporations
Municipal Issuers

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