Sustainable Investing

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

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

$6.57 Trillion in the U.S. Alone!

By Michael Schweibinz, Contributor

Every other year, the US SIF Foundation reports on key trends in the sustainable, responsible, impact (SRI) investing space. US SIF found that roughly one in every nine dollars in professionally managed investment assets in 2012 was in a portfolio characterized as SRI.… 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

Millennials Changing the Investment Conversation

By Lauren Morrell

The millennial generation—today’s young adults born between 1980 and 2000—will inherit the increasing burdens of the world, including the dramatic changes that result from global warming. They will also benefit from the largest transfer of wealth in history: some $41 trillion over the next 40 years, 70% of which will likely go to women.… Read More

What Makes a Green Bond “Green”?

By: Michael Schweibinz

A high level of enthusiasm and optimism flowed through the 25th annual SRI Conference as a panel of experts discussed the past, present, and future of the rapidly emerging green bond market.

The discussion panel consisted of issuers, rating agencies, and investors sharing their own perspectives on the market, its players, impact, and metrics.… Read More

Hazardous to Your Wealth

By Kevin O’Keefe, Chief Investment Officer

With big moves in the stock markets lately, some investors might be anxious. The past several weeks have given almost every investor an opportunity to feel that they are right about the market—whether their outlook is bullish or bearish.… Read More

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

The Three Ps Echo Across Wall Street

By: Michael Schweibinz

Have you earned an MBA or degree in business administration sometime during the past half-century? If the so, you’ve surely had the four Ps of marketing engrained into your business DNA.

Marketers tend to focus on price, product, place, and promotion.… 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