Environment / Green building or product design
Green Bond Investments Reach $600 Billion (07/13)
The fourth edition of Bonds and Climate Change, published by the Climate Bonds Initiative, reports that 70% of climate-aligned bonds are invested in low-carbon transport, while another 20% focus on clean energy.
Sustainable Investment Firms Offer Guide to Fossil Fuel Investing (12/29)
Along with 350.org, Green Century Capital Management and Trillium Asset Management update a guide for investors who want to divest from fossil fuel companies and reallocate their assets to sustainability.
Corporate Recycling Loans or Extended Producer Responsibility? (08/20)
A consortium of major corporations led by Walmart launches the Closed Loop Fund to help fund municipal recycling projects, but critics say EPR will accomplish more.
Resolutions Target GMO Labeling and Extended Producer Responsibility at Safeway (07/25)
The annual general meeting of the supermarket chain was dominated by merger talks, but health and environmental resolutions filed by Green Century and As You Sow were considered as well.
Third National Climate Assessment Published (05/06)
In its new report, the US Global Change Research Program asserts that the effects of climate change have already become a present day concern, and announces the launch of a website to help Americans receive reliable scientific information.
Major Cities Adapting to Climate Change (06/28)
A report by the Carbon Disclosure Project and the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group reveals that many of the world’s largest cities have launched energy efficiency and other initiatives to lessen the effects of climate change.
Natural Capital and Integrated Reporting Among Trends for 2013 (02/18)
With the help of environmental research from Trucost, GreenBiz publishes the sixth annual edition of its State of Green Business Report, assessing major trends as well as the environmental performance of 500 US companies.
Cuomo Proposes $1 Billion Green Bank for New York (01/19)
The bank will leverage public funds with private sector investment to hasten the transition to a clean economy and environment in New York State.
2012 Newsweek Green Rankings Published (10/22)
With research provided by Sustainalytics and Trucost, this year's Green Rankings note a 20% improvement in companies disclosing environmental information.
Fuel Efficiency Standards Finalized (08/30)
The new fuel efficiency standards of 54.5 miles per gallon will nearly double the current standards, and could increase profitability while creating hundreds of thousands of new jobs.
Apple Reverses Plan to Dump Green Registry (07/17)
The computer giant reverses its decision to leave the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool registry, calling it a mistake after consumer backlash.
Clean Energy Initiatives on the Increase in Many States (05/30)
The third annual State Clean Energy Index from Clean Edge ranks California first among states in its adoption of such indicators as electricity generation from renewable sources and deployment of hybrid and all-electric vehicles.
UNDP Reports on Outlook for Sustainable Development in Asia-Pacific (05/10)
Exploring both widespread poverty and the impacts of climate change on the region, the report warns that the private sector and other stakeholders must act in order to galvanize government action.
SJF Ventures Announces Initial Closing of Impact Investment Fund (03/10)
Capitalized entirely by private investment, the $75 million SJF Ventures III fund will target growth-stage cleantech companies with positive impacts on low-to-moderate income communities.
Resolutions or Engagement? Ceres Prepares for Proxy Season by Using Proxy Ballot to Encourage Change (02/21)
SocialFunds.com talks with Rob Berridge of Ceres about the organization's past success and its plans for driving change in the stewardship of the environment through shareowner resolutions.
US Venture Capital Investment in Cleantech Down in 2011 (02/06)
Ernst & Young reports that investment by US-based venture capital in cleantech companies amounted to $4.9 billion in 2011, a 4.5% decrease from 2010.
A 30% Reduction in EU Emissions by 2020 will be Cheaper than Expected (02/01)
Noting that emissions reductions reached 14% by 2010, the European Commission concludes that a 30% cut will cost less than anticipated, and the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change calls for incentives to stimulate private investment.
Green Retrofits Outpace New Construction for First Time (12/10)
The US Green Building Council says that LEED-certified square footage of existing buildings now exceeds that of new construction.
Munich Re and IBM Lead Companies in Newsweek's 2011 Green Rankings (10/17)
IBM moves up from third place finish last year to first in US, and HP ranks second for second year in row; Dell drops from first to fifth, and Munich Re tops list of global companies.
Billion Dollar Green Challenge to Universities: $1 Billion in Green Energy Investments (10/15)
32 universities already commit $65 million to self-managed green revolving funds.
Scoreboard Details Increased Investment in Green Economy (09/13)
The Green Transition Scoreboard of Ethical Markets Media finds that private sector investment in green companies and technologies is likely to reach $10 trillion by 2020.
Sustainable Initiatives Supported by Fixed Income Investing (09/08)
A white paper from Community Capital Management describes five categories of fixed income investments that can support environmental and social goals while providing competitive returns.
Real Estate Industry Demonstrates Benefits of Energy Efficiency (09/03)
The findings of a report by the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark Foundation suggest that real estate funds and companies have improved their environmental performance since 2009.
Report Details State Legislation Supporting Green Building (08/23)
The US Green Building Council finds that despite widespread concern over budget deficits, at least 30 pieces of legislation addressing green building have been enacted by states in 2011.
Shanghai Stock Exchange to Launch Sustainable Development Industry Index (07/30)
The components of the Index will include companies engaged in energy efficiency as well as renewable energy and other low-carbon operations.
The Very Rich Green Their Portfolios (07/16)
With European and Middle Eastern investors leading the way, high-net-worth investors are putting their money into green technologies and alternative energy sources.
New Fund Invests in Tomorrow's Green Stars (04/09)
ThinkCapital launches a green growth fund that focuses on sustainable companies.
New Energy Technologies Entice Investors (03/18)
A report from Clean Edge looks at developments in the clean energy markets and forecasts clean energy sectors will continue their rapid rate of expansion.
Joel Makower on the GreenBiz.com State of Green Business 2008 Report (02/01)
GreenBiz founder talks about the inaugural report, which surveys the top 10 green business stories of 2007 and introduces the GreenBiz Index.
Growing Interest In Green Investing (01/31)
New research shows that individual investors think the environment is hot, with solar energy an important investment opportunity.
Sharing Patents for the Planet (01/22)
Some of the world's largest corporations create an "Eco-Patent Commons."
Exposed: The Toxic Chemistry of Everyday Products (01/07)
The United States is no longer setting the agenda for manufacturers’ standards and American consumers are paying the price with their health.
Consumers Demand Companies Walk Their Green Talk (11/20)
The growing number of consumers who identify themselves as "conscious" creates more opportunities for sustainable companies.
Launch of Five Climate Change Funds May Enrich Investors, But Won't Save the World (11/15)
Deutsche Bank, F&C, HSBC, Schroders, and Virgin Money launch climate funds, a trend that validates the role of finance in addressing--though not solving--global warming.
Growing Up Green: Winslow Offers New Mid-Cap Green Mutual Fund (11/13)
As the green market place expands, Winslow launches a mutual fund to capitalize on middle-sized growth companies that offer green solutions.
Green Financial Products Take Root in North America (11/01)
A new report commissioned by UNEP FI lists green financial services and products as it makes the case for green banking's environmental, social, and economic benefits.
Green Angels: Venture and Private Equity Capitalists Help Sprout a New Generation of Environmentally Friendly Companies (10/17)
Private investors and high-net worth individuals are making a difference--in hopes of making a profit--by actively recruiting start-up and middle-sized companies dedicated to the environment and society.
Working for the Earth: Green Companies and Green Jobs Attract Employees (10/09)
New research shows that employees want to work at green companies and are happiest at companies with solid corporate social responsibility programs in place.
Banking on the Future: The Two Biggest US Banks To Dedicate Billions to Halting Climate Change (05/16)
Citigroup and Bank of America have pledged billions of dollars to help fight climate change while a new report questions Chinese banks' environmental policies.
Citigroup, Lehman Brothers, and UBS Report on Climate Risks and Opportunities for Investing (02/27)
Lehman Brothers and UBS agree climate change represents a market failure for neglecting to price carbon externalizations in valuations, while Citigroup makes specific stock picks.
The Problem with Voluntary Corporate Initiatives Is -- Well, They Are Voluntary (01/16)
A Harvard study identifies the voluntary nature of such corporate social and environmental initiatives as their pitfall, limiting the ability to gauge their effectiveness.
Another Clean Energy Exchange Traded Fund to Launch (12/12)
First Trust Advisors is slated to introduce an ETF that tracks the NASDAQ Clean Edge US Liquid Series Index early next year.
The Growth of Green Building Funds (11/30)
A new urban green real estate fund from Revival Fund Management exemplifies a budding trend toward private funds capitalized by accredited investors.
Winslow Conservation Index Outperforms the S&P 500 and Russell 2000 (10/25)
Winslow Management Company back-tested five-year performance of 15 companies focused on conservation, an oft-overlooked component of the alternative energy equation.
How Insurers Are (and Are Not) Tackling Climate Risk in Underwriting, Investing, and Policies (08/29)
A new report from Ceres identifies almost 200 activities recently introduced by insurers to address climate change, but calls on the industry for further action.
Trillium Takes the Reins from Winslow in Managing the Green Century Balanced Fund (07/24)
The transition in portfolio managers has shifted the fund back to its roots as a core portfolio holding by reducing risk and diversifying holdings across the multi-cap space.
Parnassus Small Cap Fund Identifies Unique Sustainability Characteristics to Outperform Russell 2000 (07/19)
While the introduction of the Parnassus Workplace Fund a year ago piqued interest, the Parnassus Small Cap Fund unveiled at the same time is turning heads with strong financial performance.
Recycling 1.2--Dell, HP, and Apple Upgrade Takeback Programs to Slouch Toward Sustainability (07/05)
The Computer TakeBack Campaign applauds the improvements while mapping the long road the computer industry still has to travel to attain true sustainability.
Winslow and Jupiter Launch Global Green Fund Using Only Positive Environmental Criteria (06/12)
The Jupiter Green Investment Trust pioneers cross-continent collaboration and evolution from negative screening to positive sustainability criteria.
Ecological Community Loan Pool Directly Links Ecologically Minded Investors to Eco-Preneurs (05/23)
The portal created by Ecostructure Financial tweaks the community development financial institution model to allow investors to lend directly to startups solving environmental problems.
Resolution Withdrawals Signal Success in Shareowner Advocacy Early in 2006 Proxy Season (03/06)
Part one of this two-part article examines withdrawal of resolutions on climate change, sexual orientation nondiscrimination, political contributions, and HIV/AIDS policies.
Opening the Umbrella of Socially Responsible Investing to Include Energy Efficient Mortgages (02/21)
Indigo Financial Group promotes energy efficient mortgages, which have long been available through a Fannie Mae program but have yet to reach their market potential.
Two New Indexes Help Wean Us From Oil Addiction Via Clean Energy and Cleantech (02/10)
The WilderHill New Energy Global Innovation Index tracks clean energy companies internationally, while the Cleantech Index tracks cleantech companies in the US.
Socially Responsible Property Investment Still on the Drafting Table (12/29)
A blueprint of the fledgling field of socially responsible real estate investment.
Solar Energy Helps Fuel Socially Responsible Investing (12/15)
Managers from Winslow Green Growth Fund, New Alternatives Fund, and Portfolio 21 discuss the opportunities and challenges of investing in solar power.
Wal-Mart Embraces Sustainability: Does the SRI Community Buy It? (10/26)
Socially responsible investors cautiously applaud Wal-Mart for committing to social and environmental sustainability, but remain highly skeptical about actual implementation.
Thinking Outside the Big-Box: Report Suggests Smart Growth for Retailer Siting Decisions (07/13)
Domini Social Investments and Christian Brothers Investment Services provide retailers nine recommendations, examples of best practice and cautionary tales, and helpful resources.
Virgin Trees in Kleenex: Greenpeace Lambasts Kimberly-Clark Fiber Sourcing (05/06)
Between 15 and 30 percent of K-C tissue products fiber originates from the Canadian Boreal Forest, according to a Greenpeace report, and only 19 percent of its fiber is recycled.
Wanted: Socially Responsible Real Estate Investments (03/18)
An academician searches for socially responsible real estate investment trusts, finding few that fit the definition, as well as disagreement over what criteria define SRI REITs.
Book Review--Capitalism at the Crossroads: The Unlimited Business Opportunities in Solving the World's Most Difficult Problems (12/21)
According to author Stuart Hart, sustainable global enterprise holds the key to reducing poverty, reversing environmental destruction, and even counteracting terrorism.
Integrating Sustainability at Xerox: A Talk with VP for Environment, Health, and Safety Jack Azar (11/11)
In part two of this two-part interview, Mr. Azar discusses how Xerox integrates sustainability into its policies and practices.
Zero Waste and Industrial Ecology: A Talk with Xerox VP for Environment, Health, and Safety Jack Azar (11/10)
In part one of this two-part interview, Mr. Azar discusses the history of waste-free policies and practices at Xerox.
Are Electronic Components Producers Ready for Environmental Regulation? (10/20)
A Citizens Advisors study surveys 26 electronics components companies, and projects that many of them will be unprepared for European Union laws taking effect in 2006.
First Alternative Energy Index Spawns Exchange Traded Fund (09/09)
The WilderHill Clean Energy Index, published by the American Stock Exchange, will serve as the basis for an exchange traded fund from PowerShares Capital Management.
Shareowner Resolution Withdrawn as JP Morgan Chase Addresses Environmental Risks (05/14)
A group of socially responsible investment advocates withdrew a shareowner resolution from JP Morgan Chase when the company established an office of environmental affairs.
Social and Environmental Best Practice Linked to Financial Outperformance in Electric Sector (04/08)
Innovest releases another sector report correlating progressive social, environmental, and governance practices and policies with financial outperformance.
CRA Fund Helps Transform Environmental Liabilities Into Social Assets (02/12)
The CRA Fund supports environmental remediation of brownfield sites, helping transform them into socially beneficial projects.
California Treasurer Proposes Environmental Screening for State Pension Investments (02/06)
California Treasurer Phil Angelides pitches the Green Wave Initiative to CalPERS and CalSTRS, the state's huge pension funds, asking them to support green investments.
The Rashomon Effect: Why Do Innovest and Oekom Rate Toyota's Environmental Performance So Differently? (01/20)
A Japanese film may help investors understand the discrepancy between the environmental ratings of Toyota by Innovest and Oekom.
Book Review--True to Our Roots: Fermenting a Business Revolution (01/14)
Paul Dolan, president of Fetzer Vineyards, promotes sustainable business practices by relating his personal transformation committing to organic growing practices.
2003 Proxy Season Roundup: Shareowner Action Success Measured On and Off the Record (12/17)
While the 2003 proxy season produced some impressive numbers, shareowner advocates also define success in ways that are not easily quantifiable (Part one of a two-part article.)
UN Institutional Investor Summit Considers Opportunities of Addressing Climate Change (11/26)
Institutional investors make the business case and investment case for assessing, reporting, and mitigating climate change in a summit at the UN (part two of a two-part article).
Carmakers and Carbon Constraints: Who Will Capitalize and Who Will Cave? (11/20)
A new report assesses ten auto companies’ relative readiness for reduced carbon emissions and increased fuel efficiency regulations in Japan, the EU, and the US.
Dow, GM, and Johnson & Johnson Lead the Charge to Green Power (09/30)
The 12 members of the Green Power Market Development Group have purchased almost 100 megawatts of green power from renewable resources since last summer.
Sustainable Computer Producers Perform Better than Less Sustainable Counterparts (09/25)
Innovest adds social considerations to its environmental assessment in its recent computer industry report, and sustainability still outperforms business-as-usual.
Environmental Best Practice Tied to Financial Outperformance in Food Retail Industry (09/03)
Innovest's latest report shows that environmental leaders in the global food and drug sector financially outperform the sector's environmental laggards.
UN to Hold Corporations More Responsible for Human Rights and the Environment (08/26)
A UN sub-commission adopted a resolution calling for transnational corporations to be held more accountable for human rights protection and environmental stewardship.
Ford's Latest CSR Report Increases Transparency by Using GRI Guidelines (08/12)
Ford's decision to base its 2002 Corporate Citizenship Report on Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) guidelines will help analysts get a fuller picture of the company's performance (part one of a two-part article).
First Steps for the U.S. Business Council for Sustainable Development (07/15)
Carlos Guimaraes, chair of the U.S. Business Council for Sustainable Development, speaks about the new organization's strong membership, partnerships, and projects.
Members of Congress Consider Social and Environmental Disclosure in SEC Filings (07/11)
A group of Senators and Representatives summoned a symposium on the need for social and environmental disclosure by companies in their SEC filings.
Sustainability Leaders in Food Sector Produce Healthy Returns (07/09)
Innovest finds that global food products companies with higher sustainability ratings perform better financially than companies with weaker environmental performance.
Book Review: Eco-Service Development: Reinventing Supply and Demand in the European Union (06/06)
A new book presents the business case for promoting sustainable development through "eco-services," or the switch from a product-oriented to a service-oriented culture.
Earth Day Founder Not the Only One to Link Climate Change and Investing (04/22)
The voices of institutional investors representing public pension funds join those from the insurance industry to advance a business case for addressing climate change.
Return to Sender: Dell Inches Toward a Computer Take-Back Recycling Program (04/09)
Calvert-led coalition conducts shareowner action urging U.S. computer companies to implement take-back programs for recycling obsolete computers and components.
When Lightning Strikes: Portfolio 21 Applies The Natural Step's Sustainability Theories (04/03)
Portfolio 21 applies environmental screens based on the principles of the Natural Step, which promotes sustainability.
ExxonMobil Receives 23 Shareowner Resolutions on Issues Ranging from Climate Change to Corporate Governance (02/26)
Concerted shareowner action this proxy season targets ExxonMobil over such issues as its refusal to address climate change and its coupling of CEO and Chairman of the Board.
National Wildlife Federation and Amnesty International USA Embrace SRI (02/11)
Two well-known advocacy organizations have made a commitment to lowering the wall between their program activities and their investments.
Prince Albert of Monaco Helps Launch a New Sustainability Fund (02/07)
Instead of investing directly in equities, this new "fund of funds" from Monaco invests in SRI and sustainability funds.
Green Banking (01/23)
Ten exemplary "green banking" enterprises were honored recently, highlighting the growth of environment-friendly community investing.
Corporate Responsibility Ratings and SRI Screens Sometimes Differ (01/16)
A new report from Oekom Research criticizes IT network and component company performance based on the companies' own disclosure, while the Calvert Group's screens assess companies' actual practices.
Sierra Club Launches SRI Mutual Funds (01/15)
The Sierra Club is harnessing its name recognition and expertise on corporate environmental performance with its launching of an SRI equity mutual fund and an SRI balanced mutual fund.
NEC Pioneers "Green" Computer (01/02)
NEC reverses the computer industry's foot-dragging on addressing environmental liabilities by introducing the PowerMate eco, the first eco-efficient computer.
Eco-Efficient Real Estate and Retail Food Stocks Outperform Environmental Laggards (10/24)
Two recent Innovest reports correlate strong energy management, particularly participation in the EPA ENERGY STAR program, with superior stock performance.
SRI Income Funds Yield Competitive Dividends (08/22)
Often overlooked, SRI income funds allow social investors to diversify their portfolios.
New Tool Quantifies Corporate Environmental Performance (08/20)
London-based TruCost launched a single-framework rating tool that allows for a quantitative comparison of companies' environmental performance.
Computer Sector's Social and Environmental Performance Needs Upgrade (07/31)
A recent report from Oekom Research identifies shortcomings in the corporate responsibility performance of IT and computer companies, particularly concerning social issues.
Rio + 10 Series: Two UNEP Reports Chart Past, Present, and Future Course of Sustainable Development (07/13)
Assessments of the progress since the Rio Summit guide the blueprints for the Johannesburg Summit.
Rio + 10 Series: A Brief History of the Earth Summits--From Rio to Johannesburg (06/14)
SocialFunds.com presents a historical snapshot of the Rio Summit and surveys some significant developments leading up to the Johannesburg Summit. (the second in a series of articles leading up to the Johannesburg Summit)
Rio + 10 Series: A Brief History of the Earth Summits--From Stockholm to Rio (06/07)
SocialFunds.com examines the significant events, theories, and people that contributed to the first two global summits on human interaction with the environment. (the first in a series of articles leading up to the Johannesburg Summit.)
Companies Skirt Disclosure of Environmental Liabilities (04/08)
New study echoes social investors' call for the SEC to strengthen its rules regarding corporate disclosure of environmental liabilities.
Book Review: Eco-Economy (02/15)
Pioneering environmentalist Lester R. Brown fuses ecological consciousness into economics to create "eco-economy," an economic system that would preserve natural resources while continuing to generate wealth.
UK Bank Offers Green Mortgages (01/14)
Financial institution efforts to be more environment-friendly are proving popular with customers.
GEMI Elevates Environmental Consciousness from the Bottom to the Top Line (12/03)
The Global Environmental Management Initiative releases a new report promoting environment-friendly methods of enhancing corporate performance.
EPA Program Recognizes Better Corporate Environmental Performance (11/02)
Performance Track motivates and rewards businesses that exceed EPA's environmental standards.
Companies Get Help Building Green (10/29)
The U.S. Green Building Council makes it easier for companies to be more energy efficient and friendlier to the environment by helping them construct "green" buildings.
Labor Standards Resolutions Garner Support in 2001 Proxy Season (07/11)
Ten international labor and human rights proposals that came to vote this year received 10 percent or more support from shareowners.
EarthShell Serves Environment-Friendly Food Packaging (06/06)
Container manufacturer beginning to see fruit of research and development with expanding in-market product tests.
Winslow Launches New Green Mutual Fund (05/16)
The Winslow Green Growth Fund will seek small- and mid-cap companies with superior environmental performance.
Major UK Fund Manager to Require Environmental Reporting (04/19)
Institutional investors are increasingly seeing the need for environmental disclosure.
Environmental Groups Endorse Shareholder Resolutions (04/12)
Environmental advocates ask for support for pro-environmental resolutions at a wide range of companies.
Shopping for Responsibility (04/02)
Internet site is helping consumers base shopping decisions on values.
New International Society Marries Technology and Ecology (02/23)
Representatives of AT&T and Motorola join researchers, policy makers and environmental advocates to launch the International Society of Industrial Ecology.
Turning Hotels Green with Demand (02/15)
Various stakeholders are working together to catalyze the supply and demand of environmentally responsible hotels and conference facilities.