Posts Categorized ‘Impact Investing’

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

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

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

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

All Investing Is Impact Investing
By Bruce DeBoskey

Originally published in The Denver Post on January 11, 2015 In the United States, nearly $1 trillion is committed to philanthropy—sitting in foundations, donor-advised funds and elsewhere. Donors have transferred ownership of these funds to separate entities and received their tax deductions. Yet only a small percentage of those funds is expended on charitable donations Read more »

Posted: February 11, 2015

$6.57 Trillion in the U.S. Alone!
By Michael Schweibinz

Every other year, the US SIF Foundation reports on key trends in the sustainable, responsible, impact (SRI) investing space. US SIF found that roughly one in every nine dollars in professionally managed investment assets in 2012 was in a portfolio characterized as SRI. That year was a historic year for the SRI industry; but now Read more »

Posted: February 2, 2015

Global Trends in Clean Energy Investment
By Michael Schweibinz

Which energy solutions will power our planet in the decades to come? It’s an important question, but without the ability to predict the future, we must rely on emerging energy trends to provide us with perspective on what’s to come. Michael Liebreich, Chairman of the Advisory Board and Founder of Bloomberg New Energy Finance, did Read more »

Posted: January 19, 2015

The Challenge of Stranded Asset Risk
By Lauren Morrell

What is the future of investing in fossil fuel extraction companies? How are investors choosing to proceed? What tools are helping investors make decisions on investments with fossil fuel exposure? A panel of investment experts grappled with these questions and more at the 25th annual SRI Conference. For now, let’s focus the discussion on one Read more »

Posted: January 7, 2015

Millennials Changing the Investment Conversation
By Michael Schweibinz

The millennial generation—today’s young adults born between 1980 and 2000—will inherit the increasing burdens of the world, including the dramatic changes that result from global warming. They will also benefit from the largest transfer of wealth in history: some $41 trillion over the next 40 years, 70% of which will likely go to women. During a session Read more »

Posted: December 15, 2014