Renewable Energy Attracts Major Corporate Investments
By Ahnika LeRoy, Contributor

For quite some time, renewable energy has been a series of relatively small scale enterprises. But renewables have developed into industrial strength solutions that some large companies are utilizing to lower their costs for electricity. The United States now has two of the world’s largest solar plants, Desert Sunlight and Topaz, which both have the Read more »

Posted: April 24, 2015

Guardian Launches Campaign to keep Fossil Fuels Underground
By James Griffitts, Contributor

Keep it in the Ground is a recent campaign launched by The Guardian advocating that fossil fuels be left underground and sustainable energy sources be used instead. The campaign is centered around a petition to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Wellcome Trust, the world’s two largest charitable organizations, to divest themselves of Read more »

Posted: April 22, 2015

BP Calls for Meaningful Global Price on Carbon
By Ahnika LeRoy, Contributor

Emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG) are rising. Climate scientists tell us that the 2o Celsius average global warming target limit will soon be surpassed, changing the livability of the planet. As such, the recent public call from BP—one of the largest fossil fuel extraction companies in the world—for a meaningful global price on carbon is Read more »

Posted: April 20, 2015

New Socially and Environmentally Responsible Fracking Standards
By James Griffitts, Contributor

The first independent social and environmental standards for shale oil and gas fracking operations have been published and the developers are looking for public feedback. Equitable Origin is a non-partisan organization. Founded in 2009, Equitable Origin is currently the only independent standards and certification program exclusively focused on fossil fuels. The organization’s mission is “to Read more »

Posted: April 17, 2015

How to Become a Better Investor
By R.Kevin O’Keefe, CIMA®, AIF®

The key is to separate your emotions from your investment decisions. Becoming a better investor is about taming your emotions, not about fancy math or being able to predict the future. Here are five techniques to help you improve your investment behavior—and have more peace of mind. Less activity is better. In many areas of Read more »

Posted: April 15, 2015

White House Announces Emissions Cuts as Part of Global Deal
By James Griffitts, Contributor

The Obama Administration has released a plan aimed at reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the United States by 26% to 28% over the next ten years. Effective implementation of this plan will fulfill U.S. responsibilities in a deal struck with President Xi Jinping of China late last year. The White House’s plan includes a Read more »

Posted: April 13, 2015

Oslo Divests from Coal, Hopes to Inspire Other Cities to Follow
By Ahnika LeRoy, Contributor

Oslo Norway is the first capital city in the world to divest from coal and may be paving the way for other cities to follow. The Norwegian capital city recently announced plans to sell all of the coal investments in its pension portfolio. That will reallocate about $7 million from coal investments into more worthy Read more »

Posted: April 10, 2015

Policy Levers for Impact Investing
By Lauren Morrell

Though we may overlook its importance, conditions in the public sector can often have a considerable effect on the success of private impact investments. In light of this, the White House has been adjusting policies to promote impact investing and has shifted focus from “what government can do, [to] what government can allow markets to Read more »

Posted: April 8, 2015

Partners in Advocacy: Pax World Investments
By Holly Testa

First Affirmative’s shareowner advocacy program does not stand alone. Many of the asset managers we use in client accounts are also our partners in advocacy—and they have powerful stories to share. In this installment, we talk with Julie Fox Gorte, PhD, Senior Vice President for Sustainable Investing at Pax World Investments. Pax World has been Read more »

Posted: April 6, 2015

Sustainable Investing = 30% of Global Managed Assets
By James Griffitts, Contributor

A study conducted by the Global Sustainable Investment Alliance (GISA) has found that sustainable investing now accounts for 30% of professionally managed assets globally. Sustainable investing, which factors environmental and social criteria into portfolio selection, has grown by 61% globally over two years, reaching $21 trillion at the beginning of 2014. GISA defined sustainable investing Read more »

Posted: April 1, 2015

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