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Fossil Fuel Divestment: From the Rockefellers to College Kids

This post is extracted from articles appearing in the online version of the environment section of The Guardian, which has excellent reporting on issues related to sustainability and impact investing.   “We are quite convinced that if he were alive today, as an astute businessman looking out to the future, he would be moving out […]

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    Remembering September 11th, 2001

    I just opened my eyes after the minute of silence to remember everyone that was affected that day. I remember almost everything about that day……Surreal seems a poor word choice but I guess it’s the best. I was headed to my Atlanta office that morning, the drive that took about 1:15 hours. I had a […]

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      The Millennial Perspective: Global and Connected

      Over the weekend I read an excellent Issue Brief by ImpactAssets entitled “The Millennial Perspective” I thought I would highlight some of the key findings below. You can find it in its entirety here.   A Unique Worldview The NextGen worldview has numerous implications, but one place it is clearly at play is in financial […]

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        Sustainable Capitalism: The Paradigm Shift

        I was recently reviewing a paper called Sustainable Capitalism by Generation Investment Management, LLP and the executive summary is so good that I thought I would share it.   The challenges facing the planet today are unprecedented and extraordinary; climate change, water scarcity, poverty, disease, growing inequality of income and wealth, demographic shift, trans-border and […]

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          Mountainfilm and Why Women Are Leading the Way

          I just finished co-producing and hosting a Mountainfilm on Tour stop in Atlanta last weekend. It was a great event that spanned two nights of film screening for adults and a kids’ matinee called Kidz Kino. It offered us an opportunity to introduce Morgan Stanley’s Investing with Impact platform to attendees. The response has been […]

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            Shareholders Are Climbing On the Bandwagon and Asking for More Accountability

            Bloomberg reports that investors now more than ever are demanding that companies provide sustainability reports and specific metrics like goals for greenhouse emissions and energy efficiencies. In an article entitled Investors Demand Climate-Risk Disclosure in 2013 Proxies, Avery Fellow states, “Environmental and social resolutions accounted for more than 40 percent of all shareholder resolutions submitted […]

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              Off Subject – Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg

              I finished up Sheryl Sandberg’s book last week. A short read and nothing really extraordinary about the book I felt. But a good update on women in the workplace, current statistics and strategies. The best part, at least the most insightful relative to my life, was the balance between business and personal life. It seems […]

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                Newtown, CT Spurs Divestiture By Major Pension Funds

                There are so many news items and reports coming across my RSS feeds and inbox these days about the paradigm shift towards impact capital, I’ve been feeling somewhat vindicated. Not in an “I told you so” way or self-congratulatory way, more like a “thank goodness people are getting it” way. Yes, you CAN make a […]

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                  Drink up while you can! Kerschener says the perfect storm is coming.

                  Water is the new oil — you’ve probably heard that saying. That’s because the forecast is for decreasing supplies of freshwater coupled with increasing demands. Most people understand that dealing with this imbalance is critically important because having clean water is critically important. More important, even, than having access to heat and electricity. Across all income […]

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                    How Impact Investing Can Help Solve Society’s Biggest Challenges — Really

                    Harvard Business School’s “The Promise of Impact Investing” takes a deep dive into the flow of investments into social change. Authors V. Kasturi Rangan, Sarah Appleby and Laura Moon do a superb job exploring impact investing and where it’s headed. The first paragraph: “Rarely has a field been so energized by a new idea. Impact […]

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                      Double Dose

                      Double Dose of Robert Kennedy, Jr.

                      I am really looking forward to attending the Green Initiatives Conference in Peachtree City starting today, September 27, through tomorrow. And it’s nice not to have to travel to the West Coast to have a discussion on Sustainability in the Southeast! I’m actually going to get a double dose of Robert Kennedy, Jr. over the next […]

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                        SRI in the Rockies….Now In Connecticut

                        This will be the third time that I am attending the annual SRI Conference, which takes place beginning on October 2 in Connecticut (rather than in the Rockies this year). The conference is on “Sustainable, Responsible, Impact Investing” and is considered the premier gathering of investors and investment professionals working in the Impact Capital arena, […]

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