Green Jobs

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.… Read More

Solar Power Shines Brighter Than Ever

By Michael Schweibinz

Calendar year 2013 was an incredible year on Wall Street with stock market hitting all-time highs. Within the energy sector, natural gas made the most headlines; it’s been the leading source of new electricity generation capacity in the U.S.… Read More

Hershey’s Chocolate Becomes a Little Greener

By Michael Schweibinz

The Hershey Company has committed to source 100% certified cocoa by 2020. First Affirmative applauds this world famous chocolate producer for exceeding their first year goal. The company’s 21st Century Cocoa Sustainability Strategy called for 10% certification by 2013; but actual results were significantly better, with 18% of Hershey cocoa certified sustainable last year.… Read More

The Growth of Green Business and Investment

By Michael Schweibinz

Over the past two decades, First Affirmative has witnessed the sustainable investing space transform from a niche market into an increasingly popular and profitable market segment. Today, businesses large and small are racing to go green and, as they implement more enlightened practices, their business only continue to flourish.… Read More

EthicMark® Awards – for Advertising that Uplifts the Human Spirit

By Robyn Taylor Knapp

The winners of the 2013 EthicMark® Awards for advertising that “uplifts the human spirit and society” will be announced in late October at The SRI Conference. EthicMark Awards recognize socially responsible advertising and media communications by both for-profit and nonprofit organizations.… Read More

United Nations, Major Investment Firms Call for Increased Focus on Carbon Risk Management and Carbon Accounting

By Robyn Taylor Knapp

The United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) has issued an important Investor Briefing that explains why and how institutional investors should start measuring, disclosing, and reducing the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with their investments and investment portfolios.… Read More