Environmental Economics and Impact Investing
By Ahnika LeRoy, Contributor

While conventional wisdom holds that environmental protection and financial success are at loggerheads, they can coexist and even flourish together. The growth in impact investing, a form of investment designed to generate financial gain and positive social and environmental impact, is a testament to investors’ willingness to take non-financial costs into account in their investment Read more »

Posted: May 22, 2015

What if We Biked to Work Every Day?
By Dan Sherman

This month is national Bike to Work Month. Hopefully, you’ve been able to strap on a helmet, make the ride to the office, and remind yourself just how long it has been since you did a leg day at the gym. Biking for one day, week or month a year is great, but it doesn’t Read more »

Posted: May 20, 2015

Are we Winning the War on Coal?
By James Griffitts, Contributor

In Washington, tightening EPA restrictions and policies favoring cleaner energy have led some to characterize present policy as a war on coal. Whether or not an actual war on coal is underway, a recent report released by the Carbon Tracking Initiative indicates that the decline in the US coal sector is not cyclical, but structural. Read more »

Posted: May 13, 2015

What Is the Triple Bottom line?
By James Griffitts, Contributor

The phrase “bottom line” has its roots in traditional business accounting.  The term refers to the bottom line of an income statement, where total profit or losses are recorded. In effect, the bottom line indicates whether a business is making or losing money. For many in the business community, showing maximum profit on the bottom Read more »

Posted: May 11, 2015

Partners in Advocacy: Calvert Investments
By Holly Testa, Director, Shareowner Engagement

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 Stu Dalheim, Vice President, Shareholder Advocacy, Calvert Investments. Calvert Investments has a large footprint—but we are not talking Read more »

Posted: May 8, 2015

Lessons from a Light Green Garage
By Charles Sandmel, Guest Author

“Green Bonds,” the long-awaited marriage of fixed-income and sustainable investing, has exploded in volume over the past few years and become a hot topic. Issuance grew from less than $1 billion worldwide in 2008 to $35 billion last year. Certification programs are beginning, indices have been created, and green bond funds have been launched. Still, Read more »

Posted: May 6, 2015

Record-Breaking Global Investments in Renewables
By Ahnika LeRoy, Contributor

Last year was a record-breaking year for new renewable energy installations. According to a report conducted by Frankfurt School UNEP Collaborating Centre, investments in renewable energy were up 17% from 2013 to $270 billion globally in 2014. Investments in solar and wind accounted for over 90% of all investments focused on the clean energy sector. Read more »

Posted: May 4, 2015

Women Empowered for Progress and Profit
By Lauren Morrell

We’ve all heard about the upcoming generational wealth transfer estimated at over $41 trillion that will be passed down to the Millennial Generation by 2040, but a less known fact is that two-thirds of this transfer will end up in the hands of women, according to Audrey Choi, CEO of Morgan Stanley’s Institute for Sustainable Read more »

Posted: May 1, 2015

Partners in Advocacy: Boston Common Asset Management
By Holly Testa, Director, Shareowner Engagement

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 Lauren Compere, Director, Shareowner Engagement, Boston Common Asset Management. Boston Common Asset Management manages substantial international holdings on Read more »

Posted: April 29, 2015

Investing With Your Values
By Rebecca Jackson, Contributor

For most people, the answer is probably simple—investing is the best way to build wealth for the long-term. But have you ever considered investing as a means to express your personal values and a way to improve social and environmental outcomes? Chances are, given numerous investor surveys suggesting as much, you have. Traditionally, investing to Read more »

Posted: April 27, 2015

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