The Battle Between Beer and Fracking in Germany
By Michael Schweibinz

One of Germany’s most historically and culturally significant industries may be in jeopardy due to the negative externalities caused by energy producers. The town of Lünne is located in Lower Saxony in the northwestern part of Germany, where das Landhaus-Brauerei Borchert proudly produces over 800,000 liters of authentic German beer every year. Their key ingredient, Read more »

Posted: September 19, 2014

Time to Change the “Dual Mandate”
By Mel Miller

The Federal Reserve is coming under growing criticism for actions taken during and since the Great Recession. In light of the political acrimony which currently permeates Washington, DC, I am concerned that any decisions that will change the workings of the Federal Reserve could merely be politically motivated and not in the best interests of the Read more »

Posted: September 17, 2014

World Bank Calls for Carbon Pricing
By Dan Sherman

It is said that there is nothing more powerful than an idea whose time has come. Evidently UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon feels the time has come to discuss the idea of shifting to a low-carbon economy. The Secretary General has called for a summit to focus on climate change in advance of the climate Read more »

Posted: September 15, 2014

Soil Cowboys
By Dan Sherman

In the northern United States and southern Canada, ranching has begun to promote sustainability, reducing carbon in the air, while creating healthier food and saving money. Though not often known, soil can act as a carbon sink, holding tons of this climate change-causing element. Most often, however, carbon is actually removed from the soil by Read more »

Posted: September 12, 2014

Profits over People? Earthquakes Rattle Oklahoma
By Mason Meyer

Oklahomans are tough; it’s in their blood. Many are descendants of relocated Native peoples, Dust Bowl survivors, and hearty pioneers. In addition, Oklahomans have grown accustom to an extreme climate. Tornados, droughts, ice storms, and sweltering heat and humidity are nothing new. However there is a new and growing phenomenon that is causing great concern: Read more »

Posted: September 10, 2014

Apple Begins to Improve Working Conditions at Supplier Plants
By Dan Sherman

Apple’s suppliers have had a murky history with working conditions. Eighteen workers attempted suicide in one facility in 2010 and one died of exhaustion because of the working conditions at the plant. The response from the supplier? Force employees to sign non-suicide agreements and install nets on the buildings. Two years later, 150 workers threatened mass suicide over abysmal working conditions. At the time, Apple’s Read more »

Posted: September 8, 2014

First Affirmative Applauds the US Patent and Trademark Office
By Logan Coffman

A landmark ruling by US Patent and Trademark Office that officially canceled six Federal trademark registrations spanning from 1967 to 1990 associated with the controversial 82-year old Washington Redskins franchise has set the media world aflutter—and warmed the hearts of responsible investors. The long fight to change the official mascot of the team has historically been fronted Read more »

Posted: September 4, 2014

Climate Change Is “Risky Business”
By Logan Coffman

Many reports on the negative implications of increasing greenhouse emissions have been released over the years by entities such as the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). But for the most part, these reports have failed to truly pinpoint the long-term economic drawbacks of Read more »

Posted: September 3, 2014

More than $1.5 Billion Flows Into Impact Investing
By Dan Sherman

“From combating childhood obesity to fighting climate change, from preparing American students for a 21st Century economy to doubling access to power in sub-Saharan Africa and ensuring all hard-working Americans have the opportunities to get ahead, our biggest national and global challenges require an all-hands-on-deck approach,” according to a White House report. One approach to Read more »

Posted: August 12, 2014

Green Bonds: Birth of a Sector
By Mel Miller

The Sustainable, Responsible, Impact (SRI) investing movement is definitely in the growth stage as more and more investors are convinced that climate change is a “real and present” danger. Until 2008, fixed income investors did not have an investment product whereby they could directly invest in specific corporate projects designed to benefit sustainability. Prior to Read more »

Posted: August 7, 2014

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