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The State of Green Business – 2018 Report

By Joel Makower, Chairman & Executive Editor, GreenBiz Group

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The following is adapted from State of Green Business 2018, published in mid-January by GreenBiz in partnership with Trucost. Download the report.

“Two degrees and the SDGs.” That’s the new sustainable business mantra. It rhymes. You can almost dance to it.

The double-barrel impact of the Paris climate agreement and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, both enacted in 2015, is finally being felt as companies begin to align their sustainability goals and, ultimately, their operations with these global commitments. And even though the United States government read more

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Global Transition to Halophyte Agriculture may be Inevitable

By Hazel Henderson, Author and Founder of Ethical Markets Media, Certified B-Corp.

In 2014, I predicted that "Desert Greening is the Next Big Thing", and it would be led by sustainable green investors. Surprisingly I am still waiting for the shift from humanity’s single minded focus on traditional agricultural crops (glycophytes) that rely on the planet’s three percent of fresh water. Why such a slow transition to more sustainable, nutrient-richer, salt loving (halophyte) plant foods, such as quinoa? Because vested interests in the vast incumbent global agro-chemical industrial complex are as powerful and persistent as those in the worldwide fossilized sectors.

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Should Your Investment Strategy Incorporate a Climate Risk Discount?

By Cyrus Lotfipour, Vice President, MSCI and MSCI ESG Research

Consider these recent developments - California emerged from drought in 2017; fewer companies reported impacts associated with water scarcity; and the average freshwater intensity of companies in the MSCI ACWI Index dropped by 15 percent. While these are positive short term signals for investors concerned with water scarcity, 2017 was also the most costly in U.S. history for natural disasters. This underscored the thinking behind a key trend that MSCI ESG Research identified last year - institutional investors are shifting their portfolio analysis from the measurement of regulatory risks to physical risks.

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Water and Investing: Is Your Portfolio on the Growth Side of Disruption?

By Lydia Miller, Senior Vice President, Dana Investment Advisors

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Water is a systemic risk to investors, as in many parts of the United States and other areas of the world this precious resource is in danger. Investors and market players should be deepening their research and investment process to tackle water risks, often hidden in holdings across all asset classes. As investment advisors, how do we first protect our clients from these risks, and how do we position these same clients to benefit from the growth opportunities in companies that are providing innovative systems, products and services to solve water quantity, quality and resilience issues?

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A Bill of Rights for Clean Water

By Robert F. Kennedy Jr., President/Senior Attorney, Waterkeeper Alliance

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The protection of our shared environment is among government’s most fundamental responsibilities. Throughout history, the first acts of tyrants have included efforts to deliver public-trust assets into private hands. King John attempted to sell off the country’s fisheries, place tolls on rivers, seize its woodlands and game animals. Enraged by this, England’s people forced him to sign the Magna Carta. That seminal democratic document included a powerful articulation of the principle that the commons of water, fisheries and woodland were not commodities to be bartered away, but the rightful property of all citizens.

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Top 10 Sustainability Trends for 2018 from The Centre for Sustainability and Excellence

By Nikos Avlonas, President, The Centre for Sustainability and Excellence

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Over the past decade, the term sustainability has caught on in the boardroom, courtroom and living room. While the concept has reached the mainstream, opportunities abound for implementation.

Ten trends to watch for and prepare in 2018:

1) Role of technology – Between smart grids, smart supply chains and smart transport, i.e., electric trucks, trains and cars, reliance on AI will increase. This can be good or bad, depending on whether programmers KNOW to code for sustainability. Unfortunately, research shows Silicon Valley is behind the curve[1]. Other tech centers will step up.

2) Cities planning for climate change read more

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What never grows old? The burning desire of youth to reinvent the world. That ambition and impatience is on full display in Forbes 2018 edition of the Forbes 30 Under 30, our annual encyclopedia of creative disruption featuring 600 young stars in 20 different industries. Selecting these youthful visionaries is a year-round obsession: We vet thousands of nominations, leaning on the collective wisdom of our online community, ace reporters and a panel of A-list judges.

Now in our seventh year, with a 4,000-strong alumni network that spans the globe, this list continues to spotlight the read more

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AIM2Flourish: Business Education Meets Business for Good

By Megan Buchter, Operations Manager, AIM2Flourish at FCB

A new generation of business students is becoming aware of the opportunity to do good and still be profitable in their current and future careers. Overwhelmingly, Millennials say that they are looking for careers that provide good work-life balance and give them a sense of purpose over simply making money. Here are two examples of companies profiled on AIM2Flourish.com, run by Millennials who are out to change the world with their drive, passion, and dedication to be a force for good. Both companies were awarded an inaugural Flourish Prize in 2017.

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Millennials & Money: We’re Not as Different as You Think

By Kelly Coyne, VP, Global Women’s Strategies, Impax Asset Mgmt/Pax World Funds

The financial services industry is a bit obsessed with trying to understand the next generation of investors – the notorious millennials. And for good reason – millennials represent the largest generation in history with a spending power of over $1.5 trillion. Many millennials are well into their wealth accumulation phase and have already begun to inherit $30 trillion in the largest wealth transfer ever. As a millennial working in SRI, I believe, that for everyone, money is inherently personal, complicated and ultimately a vehicle to attain the goal of living a rewarding life.

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Vert Asset Management, a dedicated ESG investment manager, recently announced the launch of the Vert Global Sustainable Real Estate Fund (Ticker: VGSRX), an open-end mutual fund which seeks to achieve long-term capital appreciation. The Fund invests across the globe in publicly listed real estate investment trusts (REITs) using evidence-based environmental, social and governance (ESG) metrics.

“Is this new Vert fund simply a ‘feel good fund’ for those concerned about climate change? The rapidly increasing commitment to ESG investing by institutional investors suggests otherwise. read more

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