Category Archives: Sustainable Investing

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2022 Market Overview: Winners and Losers with Johann Klaassen (Ep. 84)



2022 was a year of market turmoil: The S&P 500 and the Russell 3000 were down by almost 19%, and the bond market also suffered a hit.

In this episode, Kim Griego-Kiel brings back one of our favorite guests, Johann Klaassen, the President and Chief Investment Officer at Horizons Sustainable Financial Services. Kim and Johann review the 2022 market performance while detailing the four areas that impacted the markets last year. 

Johann discusses:

  • The Federal Reserve’s efforts to control inflation 
  • The US dollar currency speculation
  • His market predictions for 2023
  • What you should know about diversification 
  • The market’s role in sustainable investing 
  • And more!

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About Our Guest:

Johann A. Klaassen, Ph.D., is Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer for Horizons Sustainable Financial Services. His role is developing asset allocation strategies and overseeing investment policy for Horizons’ individual and institutional clients. As a passionate advocate for SRI, a skilled navigator of its intricacies, and an enthusiastic early adopter of just about every new communication tool and technology, Johann is informed, informative, and far more accessible than his many commitments might imply. He directly serves clients across the nation, tending to specialize in serving unusual and special circumstances or needs.


Saving Honey Bees & Ecological Agriculture (Ep. 83)



Honey bees are well-known and loved, but as the pollinator of 70% of the world’s food crops, their practical extinction is a cause for concern.

In this episode, Kim Griego-Kiel unpacks how optimizing plant and soil health with ecological agriculture can help preserve these essential insects. Kim shares the findings from her research into honey bees and explores the connection between environmental farming and the future of our most important pollinator the honey bee.

Kim discusses:

  • Ways honey bees are contributing to our food systems
  • The truth about pesticides 
  • Tips to protect honey bees and our health
  • How ecological agriculture helps preserve wild habitats and the soil
  • And more!

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What You Should Know About The Conservation Work in Southern Africa — Part 2 (Ep.82)



In the first part of this two-parter miniseries, Kim Griego-Kiel detailed her incredible experience traveling to Zimbabwe and Zambia with Priscilla Plummer from Global Sojourns Giving Circle.

Now, in part two, Kim continues unpacking the memorable moments from her journey to Southern Africa. This time she outlines her safari experience and the conservation work happening in this region of the world. 

Kim takes listeners on the journey of her game drive and shares the ins and outs of their conservation efforts. Listeners, get ready to get an account of Kim’s experience with prime wildlife viewing and hear about what activists in Zimbabwe are doing to conserve the water and wildlife in Southern Africa. 

Kim discusses:

  • The efforts to preserve African wildlife in Zimbabwe
  • How her experience with wildlife viewing and being near animals changed her perspective on appreciating nature
  • The conservation efforts that are going on with water systems in Zimbabwe
  • How to get the best out of a safari experience
  • And more!

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Empowering Stories From Zimbabwe and Zambia (Ep. 81)



During Kim Griego-Kiel’s recent trip to Zimbabwe and Zambia with Priscilla Plummer from Global Sojourns Giving Circle, she visited the stunning Victoria Falls, experienced the rich culture of these nations, and took part in various activities.

But the most life-changing part of Kim’s trip was the time she spent with the boys and girls of the Global Sojourns Giving Circle family.

This week, Kim gives listeners a first-hand account of what it is to travel to Africa. She unveils the rich history she experienced, the connections she made with the locals, and everything she learned about life in Africa.

For anyone who has ever wanted to visit a country in Africa, this episode will provide you with lots of valuable information.

Kim discusses:

  • Her experience arriving in Victoria Falls and Zimbabwe’s history and culture
  • The wildlife and scenery she saw
  • The connection she made while spending time with the boys and girls of Global Sojourns Giving Circle 
  • The eye-opening stories she heard from the boys and girls clubs and ways we  can make an impact 
  • The value of education for African youth 
  • And more!

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Change Not Charity: Charitable Giving For Climate Change with Jack Chellman (Ep. 80)



The traditional process for giving money to charity can leave people feeling skeptical, but when it comes to donating to charities for climate change, applying a “fund management” approach can be the solution that makes a difference. 

In this episode, Jack Chellman, the head of strategy and communications at the Global Returns Project, joins Kimberly Griego-Kiel to talk about the company’s Global Returns Portfolio. Jack explains how this portfolio works as a diverse, effective, and scalable not-for-profit tool designed to regenerate the planet and protect the environment. 

Jack discusses:

  • Types of charitable giving 
  • Ways the Global Returns Project works to support climate change with not-for-profit organizations to curate investments (not for financial return)
  • The 3 UN Sustainable Development Goals this organization targets
  • Ways individual investors can get involved and the role of taxes when it comes to charitable giving 
  • The difference between donating stocks and cash 
  • And more!

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To contribute, please click here:

  • Organization Name: The Global Returns Project Limited
  • Charity Number: 1186683

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About Our Guest:

With a background in journalism and social advocacy, Jack Chellman transitioned to environmental work out of concern for issues of intersectional climate justice. A Marshall Scholar, Jack holds an MPhil in Political Thought and Intellectual History from the University of Cambridge. He also earned an MSc with distinction in Media, Power, and Public Affairs from Royal Holloway, University of London.


VegTech™ Invest, The Revolution in Plant-Based Innovation ETFs ⁠— Part 2 with Elysabeth Alfano (Ep. 79)



Plant-based innovations in food play an important role in solving food insecurities. 

So, how do we reduce plastics in packaging without using animal-based materials?

In this episode, Elysabeth Alfano is back to explore the ins and outs of our current plant-based revolution. Elysabeth sheds light on investing in animal-free meat and the reasons we need to move away from plastic packaging.

By exploring market trends and reviewing the different sustainable options in food and packaging around the world, Elysabeth also explains ways that climate change and food injustices will translate to the bottom line.

Elysabeth discusses:

  • The five plant-based sectors that VegTech™ Invest is funding and why
  • Ways the firm is investing in reducing plastic using animal-free material supply systems
  • How Anheuser-Busch is supporting precision fermentation to create animal-free meat
  • Ways you can invest in VegTech™ Invest’s EATV with little capital
  • And more!

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About Our Guest:

As the CEO of VegTech™ Invest and the advisor to the VegTech Plant-based Innovation & Climate ETF, EATV, Elysabeth Alfano combines her business leadership and investing experience in the plant-based business arena. Helping to define and grow the new investment sector of Plant-based Innovation, her expertise is investing in the companies that are innovating with plants to produce animal-free products for sustainable consumption.

A sought-after speaker, Elysabeth discusses the intersection of sustainability and the global food supply system on radio, TV, at conferences, in boardrooms, and, most recently, at the United National Global Leaders Compact Summit. She also hosts a weekly Plantbased Business Hour interview show.


What You Should Know About Investing in Food & Plant-Based Innovation with Elysabeth Alfano (Ep. 78)



Changing what you eat has an impact on the planet, but changing how you invest has an even bigger influence.

Investing in plant-based innovations has become more accessible. And a new plant-based innovation ETF is bringing us closer to a more sustainable food system.

This week on Deep Impact Investing, Elysabeth Alfano from VegTech™ Invest details how the firm supports individual investors and companies working with plants to replace animal products and some of the eye-opening foods and products coming to the growing vegan and plant-based arena.

Elysabeth discusses:

  • Reasons the plant-based marketplace is a mega trend and how you as an investor can  participate in its growth
  • Why VegTech™ Invest created EATV, a plant-based innovation ETF
  • Timelines and innovations coming to the vegan and plant-based sector
  • What you shouldn’t know about cultivated meat
  • And more!

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About Our Guest:

As the CEO of VegTech™ Invest and the advisor to the VegTech Plant-based Innovation & Climate ETF, EATV, Elysabeth Alfano combines her business leadership and investing experience in the plant-based business arena. Helping to define and grow the new investment sector of Plant-based Innovation, her expertise is investing in the companies that are innovating with plants to produce animal-free products for sustainable consumption.

A sought-after speaker, Elysabeth discusses the intersection of sustainability and the global food supply system on radio, TV, at conferences, in boardrooms, and, most recently, at the United National Global Leaders Compact Summit. She also hosts a weekly Plantbased Business Hour interview show.


Long-Term Money Planning As A Couple: Here’s Some Must-Know Advice (Ep.77)



Many of us weren’t taught personal finance when we were growing up. But what happens when we decide to join households with our significant other?

In this episode, Kim Griego-Kiel examines some must-know financial mishaps couples can avoid making while detailing the tips you need to start implementing good financial habits. Kim also unpacks the value of starting early and constructing a financial future together. 

Kim discusses:

  • The value of talking about your financial past and your money beliefs
  • Why avoid keeping money secrets
  • How neglecting conversations around your financial future together can be damaging
  • Why you shouldn’t let one person in the relationship make all the money decisions
  • Tips on having pre-wedding discussions and the importance of working alongside a financial professional  
  • And more!

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Where in the World is Sustainable Healthcare!? (Ep. 76)



Having access to better healthcare is not just a mission within our nation but also worldwide. 

So, how to work towards a better system?

In this episode, Kim Griego-Kiel explores the current healthcare system and how it’s designed to be reactive instead of proactive. By sharing her own experiences and reviewing the different healthcare systems around the world, Kim explains the pros and cons of a universal and sustainable healthcare system and what those look like. 

Kim discusses:

  • The importance of incorporating further prevention methods 
  • The role of mental health initiatives within a proactive healthcare system
  • Her personal experiences with healthcare in different countries 
  • Ways our investment portfolios can support sustainable healthcare systems
  • How did the pandemic impact healthcare across the world 
  • And more!

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What You Should Know About The Current Water Crisis (Ep.75)



Water is life. But right now, water is also a messenger.

If you’re following the news, you know about the current water shortage, and how this situation is a warning sign of climate change.

In this episode, Kimberly Griego Kiel unpacks everything around the current water scarcity while detailing some must-know action items along with tips and tricks you can follow to make a difference.

Kim discusses:

  • The climate water and food nexus we’re currently facing 
  • How ground and above groundwater management is depleting rapidly
  • Tips to reduce and optimize our water usage 
  • What to do (locally) to provide solutions to the water crisis
  • And more!

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