How Big Data Can Quantify Community Social and Climate Risks – from neighborhoods to country levels

How Big Data Can Quantify Community Social and Climate Risks – from neighborhoods to country levels from Security & Sustainability Forum on Vimeo.


Wed, Oct 16, 2019 1:15 PM – 2:45 PM EDT

Poverty rates, education attainment, food insecurity, English fluency, greenspace, health and wellness, air and water quality, and other ESG (Environment, Social, and Governance) factors can now be captured at the neighborhood level and are used to evaluate the stability, resiliency, and economic vitality of a community. The application of big data at the neighborhood level is an emerging field of analysis. Who should care? Municipalities, investors, philanthropies, corporations, and others routinely rely on risk analysis to make an investment, planning, and community well-being decisions.

Watch SSF and ESGAnalytics.Ai Team’s Suchi Gopal and Josh Pitts, in a demonstration of their analytics using three case studies. Andrew Teras and Michael Bonanno, senior credit analysts from Breckinridge Capital Advisors, discuss how they have used ESGAnalytics.Ai to evaluate the risks in their firm’s municipal bond portfolios

About the Presenters

Suchi Gopal PhD, is a professor at Boston University conducting research on spatial analysis and modeling, GIS, data mining and information visualization, and artificial neural networks. Suchi is also the CEO of ESGAnalytics.Ai that specializes in big data analysis and business insights for healthcare, technology, and financial investments.

Joshua Pitts is a data scientist and software engineer, with a focus on integration of unique data sets to model complex systems. Josh also serves as CTO of ESGAnalytics.Ai, where he manages the big data analytical program serving Fortune 500 companies.

Andrew Teras, senior vice president, is a senior research analyst at Breckinridge. In his role, Andrew performs municipal credit analysis. He has been with the firm since 2013 and has over 9 years of investment industry experience. Prior to Breckinridge, Andrew was an analyst at Standard & Poor’s Rating Services covering states and local governments for the firm’s U.S. public finance group.

Michael Bonanno, vice president, is a research analyst and the municipal sustainability lead at Breckinridge. In his role, Michael performs municipal credit analysis and contributes to the ongoing development of Breckinridge’s environmental, social and governance (ESG) frameworks.