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 …

New Push Back on Divestment from Fossil Fuel Producers

Recent weeks have seen an increase in the literature pushing back on the idea of divesting from fossil-fuel-producing companies. Prior to last week’s Global Divestment Day, a website entitled DivestmentFacts.com published this piece by Dan Fischel, which was first featured in the Wall Street Journal. Basically, he claims that by looking back 50 years, one can make a case that …

Momentum Behind Carbon Tax Policies Increasing

A new paper at the Network for Sustainable Financial Markets, CO2 Tax and Refund, can be found here as part of a new working group on tax & investment implications. The Network previously featured a paper on financial transaction taxes and pension funds entitled No Exemption in late 2012 and has a continued focus on corporate tax and other financial institution …

The Potential for Climate Bonds

Associate Editor Jordan Sabin February 12, 2015   Science journals have covered climate change for several decades, and since the beginning of the century, global warming has seen plenty of front page press in newspapers around the world. Despite the large body of work on the subject, the vast majority of writings have stressed a single point—the moral obligation to …

Forget Charging Your EV, Charge Your Home

Associate Editor Mimi Reichenbach February 13, 2015   Tesla, Tesla, Tesla. For electric vehicle news, Elon Musk has been hogging the media. The model S Performance has a range of 253 miles, can go from 0 to 60 in 3.2 seconds, and can be supercharged to provide a range of 170 miles within 30 minutes.  The model X can seat …

Environmental Investing: The Most Influential Investors

  Michael J. Ahearn, Founder and Partner, True North Venture Partners; Co-Founder, First Solar, USA According to his official biography, Michael J. Ahearn “founded True North Venture Partners based on a belief that early stage companies in socially disruptive business sectors require a fundamentally unique approach to funding, growth and market expansion.” As an early-stage venture capital company, True North works with …