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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 decisions.… Read More

What if We Biked to Work Every Day?

Bike to Work Month

 

By Dan Sherman, Contributor

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.… Read More

Are we Winning the War on Coal?

By James Griffitts, Contributor

Coal Economic Issues Structural Coal plantIn 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

What is the Triple Bottom Line?

Triple Bottom Line People Planet Profit

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.… Read More

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.Read More

Lessons from a Light Green Garage

By Charles Sandmel, Contributor

“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.… Read More

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.… Read More

Women Empowered for Progress and Profit

By Lauren Morrell, Contributor

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 Investing.… Read More

Partners in Advocacy: Boston Common Asset Management

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 Lauren Compere, Director, Shareowner Engagement, Boston Common Asset Management.Read More

Investing With Your Values

Why do you invest? Guest Blog by Rebecca Jackson

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?… Read More