Impact

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

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

Global Trends in Clean Energy Investment

Glboal Trends in clean energy investment, solar panels

 

By: Michael Schweibinz, Contributor

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.… Read More

The Pentagon Prepares for Climate Change

By: Michael Schweibinz

Earlier this month, the Department of Defense published its “2014 Climate Change Adaptation Roadmap.” The groundbreaking report signifies a dramatic shift in belief and action regarding climate change. Having typically been dismissed as a future risk, the Pentagon is now “integrating climate change threats into all plans, operations, and training across the entire agency.”

The report emphasizes four primary climate change phenomenon:

  • Rising global temperatures.
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You CAN Have It All

Deborah Nason, writing for CNBC.com, discusses how financial advisors and their clients seem to be “happy” with a more sustainable, responsible, positively impactful approach to investing. Nason interviewed several investment professionals for this article, including two Certified Financial Planners affiliated with First Affirmative Financial Network, Kathy Stearns and Shane Yonston.… Read More

Millennials: Do Gooders at Heart

By Michael Schweibinz:

The American workplace is on the verge of one of the largest demographic shifts in contemporary history. It’s a bold statement, but one that’s becoming widely acknowledged, as the Millennials sweep into leadership positions in for-profit and non-profit corporations across the country.… Read More

New Belgium Family Foundation “All In” for Impact Investing

By: Meaghan Scott

The New Belgium Family Foundation was started by the CEO and Co-Founder of the New Belgium Brewing Company after the company became 100% employee owned through an Employee Stock Ownership Plan in 2012. The sale to the ESOP is only the most recent example in a long history of practices by New Belgium Brewing that promote environmental stewardship and social responsibility, including being one of the early Certified B Corps.… Read More

Climate March Echoes Around the World

By: Michael Schweibinz

When was the largest organized event against climate change in the history of our planet? If you’re scrambling for an answer, stop, because you won’t find it in a history book. Instead, flip open just about any newspaper published within the last week, and there it will be—the “People’s Climate March.”

Just this past Sunday, the historic climate march descended on New York City as demonstrators from around the world crowded the streets from Columbus Circle to Times Square.… Read More

The Battle Between Beer and Fracking in Germany

By Michael Schweibinz

One of Germany’s most historically and culturally significant industries may be in jeopardy due to the negative externalities caused by energy producers. The town of Lünne is located in Lower Saxony in the northwestern part of Germany, where das Landhaus-Brauerei Borchert proudly produces over 800,000 liters of authentic German beer every year.… Read More

World Bank Calls for Carbon Pricing

By Dan Sherman

It is said that there is nothing more powerful than an idea whose time has come. Evidently UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon feels the time has come to discuss the idea of shifting to a low-carbon economy.

The Secretary General has called for a summit to focus on climate change in advance of the climate treaty negotiation conference in Paris in 2015.… Read More