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[Event Recap] [BASIC Event] Investing in Climate Justice Solutions

Robin Miller

On a balmy day in November, over 30 people gathered at Zevin Asset Management’s offices for a discussion with leaders and supporters of Grassroots International about opportunities to invest in climate justice solutions.

The speakers included Grassroots International’s Executive Director, Chung-Wha Hong and Director of Grantmaking and Advocacy, Sara Mersha who spoke about the organization’s work to connect people in the United States with global movements solving the root causes of inequality and climate change. Robert Zevin, Founder of Zevin Asset Management, joined them to speak about why he has supported the organization for several decades.

[Event Recap] Discussion of the US SIF Report on The Impact of Sustainable and Responsible Investment

Dan Saccardi

On October 5th, Lisa Woll, CEO of US SIF (The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment), led a discussion of the positive impacts of sustainable and responsible investment (SRI) over the last 25 years. Ms. Woll’s presentation, focusing on the following four areas of broad impact, reviewed the findings from the US SIF Foundation’s recent report. One of the report’s primary goals is to provide data to help communicate how impact investing has influenced the investment industry, companies, communities, public policy, and global standards.

[Event Recap] [BASIC Event] Divestment and Reinvesting in Massachusetts Companies

Marion Rockwood

On September 19th, the Climate Action Business Association (CABA) hosted BASIC members at the Old West Church to learn the results of the organization's’ newly-issued Local Emerging Market Reports on investing in the regional clean energy economy. CABA’s Michael Green and Kate Galbo moderated a panel that included Matt Patsky, CEO of Trillium Asset Management, and David Miller, Executive Director of Clean Energy Venture Group.

[Event Recap] [BASIC Event] The Food Agenda: The Impact and Investment Opportunities Created by Federal Dietary Guidelines

Bjoern P. Stengel

On May 18, 2016, BASIC’s event “THE FOOD AGENDA: The Impact and Investment Opportunities Created by Federal Dietary Guidelines” addressed the intersection of sustainable and healthy food consumption. We were honored to present two guest speakers who are experts in this field, who each shared examples of how consumers and investors alike are helping to shape this movement.

[Event Recap] [BASIC Event] Massachusetts: A Case Study on Climate Action and Energy Finance

Dan Saccardi

On Monday, April 25th, Mass Energy Consumer Alliance’s (Mass Energy) Executive Director, Larry Chretien, led a discussion on Massachusetts’ progress towards achieving its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction commitments. The event was hosted by Building A Sustainable Investment Community (BASIC) Boston and Mass Energy at the Unitarian Universalist Association. Larry outlined Massachusetts’ need to follow through on its ambitious commitments, the significant business opportunity in achieving The Commonwealth’s goals, examples of municipal leadership, and what to do going forward. Continue reading for Dan Saccardi's recap...

[Event Recap] [BASIC Event] Perspectives on rating funds on sustainability performance with Morningstar and Sustainalytics

Bjoern P. Stengel

On March 7th the Boston Area Sustainable Investment Consortium hosted an event on ESG integration into fund analysis. Our two guest speakers, Jon Hale of Morningstar and Diederik Timmer of Sustainalytics, introduced the topic by presenting their companies’ joint approach on ESG portfolio integration, specifically the Morningstar Sustainability Rating.

[Event Recap] [BASIC Event] The Road Does Not End with Paris: A Review of COP 21 and Where We Go Next

Juliana Cusack

On Wednesday, January 20, 2016, the Boston Area Sustainable Investment Consortium held a discussion on COP 21 and its implications for the investment community. The event was held at the Unitarian Universalist Association in Boston’s Innovation District. The panelists included Geeta Aiyer, President and Founder of Boston Common Asset Management, and Sue Reid, VP of Climate and Energy Programs at Ceres, who both attended the recent climate talks in Paris. 

Read on to get Juliana Cusack's full recap...

[Event Recap] [BASIC Event] Sustainable Development Goals & Socially Responsible Investing: Focus on Inequality with Carly Greenberg, Rob Wilson, and Sonia Kowal

Dylan Brix

On Thursday, October 22, 2015, the Boston Area Sustainable Investment Consortium held a seminar on Income Inequality & Poverty. The seminar was hosted at the offices of MFS Investment Management in Back Bay. The panelists included Carly Greenberg of Walden Asset Management, Rob Wilson of MFS Investment Management and Sonia Kowal of Zevin Asset Management. 

[Event Recap] [BASIC Event] An Update on the LGBT Workforce, Presented by Shelley Alpern and Laurent Belsie

Dylan Brix

On Thursday September 24th the Boston Area Sustainable Investing Consortium sponsored a seminar titled “An Update on the LGBT Workforce.” Hosted by The Christian Science Monitor at their stunningly beautiful building located on Massachusetts Avenue, the discussion was led by Laurent Belsie of The Monitor and Shelley Alpern of Clean Yield Asset Management. Click through to read Dylan Brix's summary.