The true value of natural assets is incorporated into the goods and services we depend upon within our economic system.
SIG-NAL is a non-profit organization with a mission to develop and apply the scientific foundation needed to link economic and environmental interests by accounting for the full value of natural assets.
We work to integrate the science of natural assets with tools, policies and management decision-making for public benefit.
We make science accessible to decision makers and the marketplace in an actionable format.
Employ adaptive inter-disciplinary science
Exercise good judgment through objectivity
Engage in mutually-beneficial partnerships
Conduct collaborative (not competitive) science
Operate with complete scientific transparency
OUR CORE ACTIVITIES
1. Develop the scientific foundations for transactions involving natural assets in the marketplace
2. Deliver relevant science to practice through engagement in emerging voluntary and regulatory environmental markets
3. Innovate technological solutions to promote marketplace efficiencies, such as Monitoring, Reporting, and Verification (MRV)
4. Integrate science and solutions across environmental markets
5. Develop collaborative relationships with public, private, non-profit, and academic stakeholders
6. Embed the true value of natural assets in natural resource use decision-making process to create demand drivers for the environmental marketplace
7. Timely communication of outputs and outcomes in appropriate fora and in social media
OUR ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE
SIG-NAL operates as a distinct entity from SIG but is closely linked through the appointment by the SIG Managing Principal of the Board of Directors President.
SIG-NAL acts as a “laboratory” working on different aspects of the science and application of natural assets within the green economy.
SIG-NAL Lab members are associated or affiliated with many different sectors (academic, corporate, NGO, state and federal agencies).
The science and policy of natural assets and environmental markets are evolving rapidly and require nimble institutions to provide the innovations necessary to link economic and environmental interests.
Spatial Informatics Group, LLC (SIG) has been a successful driver of innovation and on-the-ground change in the science and policy of natural assets and environmental markets since 1998. A key strength of SIG is the ability to integrate disparate sciences and competing viewpoints into practical applications and real solutions. SIG has been successful by maintaining an independent, third-party, neutral stance on complex research topics.
As SIG has grown to integrate more complicated issues, its organizational structure needed to evolve to match the realities of existing partnering institutions, policies, and perceptions. A non-profit culture and ethos has always been part of SIG and has been part of the growth plan since inception. It became clear that the public benefit elements of the SIG approach to science need to be formally segmented into a separate, but linked entity.
In 2012, the non-profit Spatial Informatics Group – Natural Assets Laboratory (SIG-NAL) was created to meet this need. SIG-NAL broadens the reach of the technical capacity and professional networks of SIG to create a more flexible entity with increased effectiveness in a dynamic economic and political context working for the public benefit.