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Jeremy Grantham Called the Financial Crisis. He Has Another Warning for Investors. - Barron's 021220
For more than 15 years, Jeremy Grantham, co-founder of the Boston-based asset-management firm GMO—and credited with predicting the 2000 and 2008 downturns—has spoken out about the perils of the changing climate and what it means for life on Earth.
Now the world is paying attention. The World Economic Forum has determined that the top five risks are climate-change related, with extreme weather as the No. 1 global risk. And the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) announced Wednesday that its program has...
vcap  sustainability  investing  climate_change 
8 weeks ago by fulab
The 100 Most Sustainable U.S. Companies | Barron's 020820
How much of a company’s journey toward sustainability is driven by the personal passions of its CEO? Based on the conversations Barron’s had recently with several corporate chieftains, quite a lot. That’s one of the insights from our second annual sustainability ranking of public companies.

Consider Voya Financial (ticker: VOYA), the insurer and retirement-savings company that vaulted to No. 6 this year from No. 46 last year. Even before Voya separated from Dutch parent ING and went public in 2013, its CEO was already planning...
vcap  sustainability  investing 
8 weeks ago by fulab
The 7 Best Long-Term Stocks for Risk-Off Investors | InvestorPlace 100518
S&P Dow Jones Indices’ October 2017 report, Long-Termism: Index Impossible?, looked at the S&P Long-Term Value Creation (LTVC) Global Index, an index created to hold mid- and large-size companies that embody long-termism, which is the idea of making decisions based on a sustainable future-oriented perspective.
S&P took a company’s return on equity, balance sheet accruals ratio and financial leverage, averaged the score of the three metrics to quantify the financial quality of a particular company. Those that scored higher got included in the index.
It is only appropriate that the company that created the S&P LTVC Global Index is one of the top ten holdings. Last October, I named S&P Global Inc (NYSE:SPGI) one of the best non-bank financial stocks to buy. Not only do I like it because it operates a business that’s growing but also because it’s a Dividend Aristocrat, those stocks that have increased their annual dividend payment for at least 25 consecutive years.
SPGI announced its second-quarter earnings July 26 beating on both the top- and bottom-line.
Free cash flow positive, SPGI has done a good job diversifying its business. Up 15% year to date through Oct. 5, SPGI hasn’t had a losing year since 2008.
vcap  investing  sustainability  XYL  ABT  INSG  SPGI 
october 2018 by fulab
7 Socially Responsible Investments to Make Now | InvestorPlace 071318
If I’m going to write about seven socially responsible investments to own now, I can’t think of a better first pick than the iShares MSCI USA ESG Select ETF (NYSEARCA:SUSA), which is a group of 114 U.S. companies weighted not by market cap but by their environmental, social and governance rating.
Former InvestorPlace executive editor Jeff Reeves made an excellent point about the ETF in March 2018, singling out Ecolab (NYSE:ECL) as an example of an S&P 500 company whose ESG ranking put it in the top five stocks held by SUSA despite being the 170th largest company by market cap.
If you agree with Howard Buffett and Larry Fink about the part companies should and could play in the world, SUSA is the easiest and fastest way to invest in socially responsible companies.
vcap  investing  sustainability 
october 2018 by fulab
Dark Ecology | Orion Magazine2012
In a 2012 essay for Orion magazine—a piece Nicolas specifically recommended—the writer Paul Kingsnorth argued that one of the things green-minded people should do at this moment in history is build havens. “Can you think, or act, like the librarian of a monastery through the Dark Ages, guarding the old books as empires rise and fall outside?” he wrote.
blindfla  Henry_Thoreau  hermits  gh  sustainability  bf 
january 2017 by fulab
How Anarchists and Intentional Communities Are Reacting to Trump - The Atlantic
Emma Green : Why some Americans are withdrawing from mainstream society into “intentional communities”—and what the rest of the country can learn from them
blindfla  Henry_Thoreau  sustainability  gh  bf  community 
january 2017 by fulab
Tesla Powerwalls for Home Energy Storage Hit U.S. Market - Bloomberg 050216
A year after Elon Musk unveiled the Powerwall at Tesla Motors Inc.’s design studio near Los Angeles, the first wave of residential installations has started in the U.S. The 6.4-kilowatt-hour unit stores electricity from home solar systems and provides backup in the case of a conventional outage. Weighing 214 pounds and standing about 4-feet tall, it retails for around $3,000. But hookup by a trained electrician is required, as is something called a bi-directional inverter that converts direct-current electricity into the kind used by dishwashers and refrigerators. The costs add up quickly -- which has fueled skepticism about Musk’s dream of changing the way the world uses energy. | Net-metering policies, which allow residential solar customers to sell their excess solar electricity back to utilities, have limited the appeal of home batteries in many states. But that’s shifting: Net metering is being phased out in some states, making storage more attractive.
WCV  Tesla  sustainability  investing 
may 2016 by fulab
When Markets And Mother Nature Said 'No More' : NPR 031709
In an op-ed for the New York Times, Thomas Friedman suggests the recession is a symptom of a more fundamental problem with "the whole growth model we created over the last 50 years." However, Friedman calls himself an optimist, and sees the slowdown as an opportunity to reorient the economy for smarter growth in the future.
green_technology  Environment  economy  sustainability  On_Point  z09_03  NYT  NPR 
march 2009 by fulab
Capitalism to the Rescue - Green Tech Rising - NYT 100308
Last October, The New York Times Magazine ran a cover story on venture capitalist Doerr and his partners at Kleiner Perkins Caulfield & Byers and the prospects for green technology start-ups.
green_technology  Environment  economy  sustainability  On_Point  z09_03  VC  NYT 
march 2009 by fulab
John Doerr sees salvation and profit in greentech | Video on
Watch venture capitalist John Doerr’s speech on green technology at the 2007 TED conference.
green_technology  Environment  economy  sustainability  On_Point  z09_03  VC  TED 
march 2009 by fulab
The Green Way Out? | WBUR and NPR - On Point with Tom Ashbrook 031709
Guests include: from Menlo Park, California, John Doerr, partner in the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. He has backed some of America’s biggest technology success stories, including Google, Amazon, Intuit, and Sun. And he is now a member of President Obama’s new Economic Recovery Advisory Board, chaired by former Fed Chairman Paul Volker.
green_technology  Environment  economy  sustainability  On_Point  z09_03  VC 
march 2009 by fulab
Op-Ed Columnist - The Inflection Is Near? - 030709
New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman’s piece on Sunday, “The Inflection is Near?” – in which he highlights the work of both Paul Gilding and Joseph Romm – was #1 on’s most e-mailed list this week.
green_blog  Environment  economy  sustainability  On_Point  z09_03  NYT 
march 2009 by fulab
The Great Disruption | WBUR and NPR - On Point with Tom Ashbrook 031109
There is a big school of thought out there that says we must not just bounce back from this downturn. We must come back changed. This isn’t just a great recession we’re in, they say. It’s “The Great Disruption” — nature and the economy hitting the wall, collapsing, at the same time. Australian environmentalist Paul Gilding invented the phrase. American climate expert Joseph Romm says the free ride is over.
green_blog  Environment  economy  sustainability  On_Point  z09_03 
march 2009 by fulab
The Splendid Table from American Public Media 112208 show
Ethnobiologist, conservationist and farmer Gary Nabhan has the story of a profound visionary who set out to end famine, and the price he paid. Gary's latest book is Where Our Food Comes From: Retracing Nikolay Vavilov's Quest to End Famine.
food  garden  sustainability  ecology  books  z08_11 
november 2008 by fulab
Sustainability in design moves onto the corporate agenda - International Herald Tribune 012807
As sustainability climbs the corporate agenda, it is poised to become one of the most important issues in design. If you ask designers whether they care about environmental issues, they'll probably say "yes"; but many are more pro-active about them in the
design  sustainability  conservation  IHT  z07_01 
january 2007 by fulab

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