Call For Papers

        The Journal of Environmental Investing (JEI) is pleased to announce a call for papers in the area of “The State of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Data and Metrics.”  We are interested in papers from all fields of study that address the current challenges investors face when attempting to integrate ESG data into their decision-making.  We …

Beyond Intrigue

William H. Page, MBA Portfolio Manager, Essex Global Environmental Opportunities Strategy (GEOS)       Since we launched the Global Environmental Opportunities Strategy (GEOS) at Essex Investment Management over six years ago, we have been constantly reminded by industry peers, prospects, friends, and family that we are “very well positioned.” My co-manager, Rob Uek, and I frequently laugh that we would …

Impact through Shareholder Engagement

Tim Smith Director of Environmental, Social & Governance Shareholder Engagement, Walden Asset Management       In the early 1970s, business history was made when religious investors filed the first shareholder resolutions on a social issue. The company was General Motors and the issue was GM’s investment in South Africa, a country known for apartheid and racial segregation. In those …

Balancing Corporate Values with Investor Demands

The Challenges of Industry-Led Scaling of a Low-Carbon Power Supply Parker Liautaud Abstract The private sector is under increasing pressure to address the financial risks of climate change. At the same time, opportunities for low-carbon economic growth are becoming more attractive to potential investors, especially in scaling up renewable energy (in particular, solar and wind power), retrofitting coal power plants …

Introducing the Carbon Impact Factor

A Family of Financial Instruments to Differentiate and Reward Carbon Efficiency in Commodity Production   Joe Madden,* CEO, EOS Climate Stephen Lamm, VP Business Development, EOS Climate Jeff Cohen, SVP Science and Policy, EOS Climate Tom Baumann, Co-Founder, ClimateCHECK and Interactive Leader Collaborase Mary Grady, Director of Business Development, American Carbon Registry Arjun Patney, Policy Director, American Carbon Registry Eric ...

Portfolio Management Must Become Existentially Conservative | The JEI

Garvin F. Jabusch, Cofounder and Chief Investment Officer of Green Alpha®Advisors, LLC Traditional asset management spends a lot of time worrying about traditional macroeconomic indicators. Slowing Chinese growth. Eurozone GDP. The latest gyrations in gold. And in the short term, these things can and do cause market volatility. Yet history has shown over and again that these and their like present …

Audi’s Blue Crude: Lingering Questions

Mimi Reichenbach 5/7/15 Update from Germany: Carbon dioxide has become an alternative fuel source. On April 21, Audi announced that its partner Sunfire, a German energy-conversion technology developer, had successfully synthesized a batch of “blue crude.” The fuel is derived from carbon dioxide, water, and renewable energy, and can be used as (and mixed with) diesel fuel today. The production …

Apple Leads the Way in Environmental Innovation

Apple isn’t far removed from being criticized for labor conditions in its supply chain. Back in 2012, ESG data provider EIRIS gave Apple a D on its sustainability efforts, for just one example. Actually, Apple has been working very hard on working conditions according to this piece from leading social auditing firm Verite, so one has to look further to see …