Climate Change

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

Guardian Launches Campaign to keep Fossil Fuels Underground

By James Griffitts, Contributor

Guardian Campaign to keep Fossil Fuels UndergroundKeep it in the Ground is a recent campaign launched by The Guardian advocating that fossil fuels be left underground and sustainable energy sources be used instead. The campaign is centered around a petition to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Wellcome Trust, the world’s two largest charitable organizations, to divest themselves of all endowments from fossil fuel companies.… Read More

BP Calls for Meaningful Global Price on Carbon

By Ahnika LeRoy, Contributor

Emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG) are rising. Climate scientists tell us that the 2o Celsius average global warming target limit will soon be surpassed, changing the livability of the planet.

As such, the recent public call from BP—one of the largest fossil fuel extraction companies in the world—for a meaningful global price on carbon is big news!… Read More

White House Announces Emissions Cuts as Part of Global Deal

By James Griffitts, Conbributor

White House Announces Emissions CutsThe Obama Administration has released a plan aimed at reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the United States by 26% to 28% over the next ten years. Effective implementation of this plan will fulfill U.S.… Read More

Policy Levers for Impact Investing

By Lauren Morrell, Contributor

Though we may overlook its importance, conditions in the public sector can often have a considerable effect on the success of private impact investments. In light of this, the White House has been adjusting policies to promote impact investing and has shifted focus from “what government can do, [to] what government can allow markets to do better,” explained Annie Donovan, the former Senior Advisor to Obama’s Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation during a presentation at the 25th annual SRI Conference.… Read More

Policy Levers for Impact Investing

Though we may overlook its importance, conditions in the public sector can often have a considerable effect on the success of private impact investments. In light of this, the White House has been adjusting policies to promote impact investing and has shifted focus from “what government can do, [to] what government can allow markets to do better,” explained Annie Donovan, the former Senior Advisor to Obama’s Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation during a presentation at the 25th annual SRI Conference.… Read More

Big Oil Backs Shareowner Initiative on Reducing Carbon Emissions?

By Michael Schweibinz, Conbributor

The role of supermajor oil companies in climate change is beginning to shift. British Petroleum (BP) has announced that it will advise investors to back a shareholder initiative meant to cut back on carbon emissions. This news came a week after another large oil company, Royal Dutch Shell, agreed to support the same shareholder resolution.… Read More

States Leading the Charge: Toward a New Energy Economy

By Lauren Morrell

States Leading the Charge Toward a New Energy EconomyBill Ritter’s 2007 run for Governor of Colorado was distinguished by the conversation he created around the potential he believed Colorado has to develop a new, clean energy economy. Ritter served for
four years as Governor of Colorado, signed 57 bills advancing a clean energy agenda, and delivered a keynote presentation at the 25th annual SRI Conference [video].… Read More

Green Following Green

By Michael Schweibinz, Contributor

Green Following Green 1

Michael Liebreich, Chairman of the Advisory Board and Founder of Bloomberg New Energy Finance, stepped on stage at the 25th annual SRI conference and presented optimistic findings and forecasts for clean energy development in 2014.… Read More

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.… Read More