Tag Archives: Climate Change

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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  • 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.


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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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Banking on Success Or Failure (Ep. 74)



Not every bank or mutual fund we give our money to has our environmental impact values in mind. 

In this episode, Kim Griego-Kiel takes a deep dive into how you can be smarter about where your money is going and who you invest with. She talks about banking and insurance alternatives that share ESG values and prioritize what they invest in to make an impactful difference.

Kim discusses:

  • How alternate banking like community banks or credit unions can work for you 
  • The steps insurance companies are taking to be stewards of the environment
  • What 30 of the primary insurers are doing to avoid catastrophic climate change
  • How to find out if your bank or mutual fund invests in fossil fuels
  • And more!

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Prioritizing ESG Investments with Dr. Pooja Khosla (Ep. 71)



Everything from the environment to resources, and even sustainability, has been impacted by current events, which in turn bring market volatility.

How should we react to this? Should we be scared? Should the ESG markets be worried?

In this episode, Kimberly Griego-Kiel talks with Entelligent’s executive vice president for client & product development, Dr. Pooja Khosla. Dr. Khosla discusses some of the recent anti-ESG sentiments she has been hearing, along with things we can do to prioritize ESG investing today. 

Dr. Khosla and Kim discuss:

  • Why ESG has underperformed over the last six months
  • How some industrialized countries like the US are producing more carbon than countries with a larger population
  • Reasons environmental-focused investors need to pay more attention to carbon production
  • How operating in scarcity of resources has made emerging markets more resourceful and environmentally friendly
  • And more!

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About Our Guest:

Dr. Pooja Khosla is the executive vice president for client & product development at Entelligent. Dr. Khosla is an economist, econometrician, and mathematician who has deep knowledge to build investing solutions. She has extensive experience in predictive modeling, microfinance, and designing impact investment tools and has been working on impact solutions since 2003, both nationally and internationally.




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Must-Know Takeaways from the UN’s 2022 Climate Change Report (Ep. 65)



While we may not see the effects of climate change in our everyday lives, its impact on our environment is increasing across the globe.

In this episode, Kim Griego-Kiel sheds light on vulnerability and adaptation as two key points of the UN’s 2022 Climate Change Report. This report assesses the impacts of climate change, looking at ecosystems, biodiversity, and human communities at global and regional levels. It also reviews vulnerabilities and the capacities and limits of the natural world and human societies to adapt to climate change.

Kim discusses:

  • The vulnerability of our ecosystems, infrastructure, and energy systems 
  •  Impacting climate crisis through adaptation 
  • The critical need to implement global sustainability practices for the global wellbeing
  • How you can use the UN’s report to start to take action with your investing 
  • And more!

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57. Sustainable Shareholder Advocacy with Leslie Samuelrich, Sam Adams, and Sarah Adams – Part 3



For this episode of the four-part ESG for Impact! miniseries, Kimberly invites three difference-makers in sustainable shareholder advocacy to outline their unique focus on ESG investing and mutual funds.

This week, Leslie Samuelrich, the president of Green Century Funds, and Kim explore plastic pollution, recycling, climate change, sustainable supply chains and how Leslie’s campaigns are pushing for change in these areas.

Additionally, Vert Asset Management’s Chief Executive Officer, Sam Adams, and Chief Sustainability Officer, Sarah Adams, join Kim to explain how they work together to drive change with sustainable real estate with companies that are either constructing or maintaining buildings.

Kim, Leslie, Sarah, and Sam discuss:

  • The plastic we consume and waste we create due to improper recycling practices
  • Ways Green Century Funds’ approach to supply chains and the disposable economy 
  • How to make real estate more sustainable
  • Ways the ESG For Impact! conference has contributed to the sustainable and  collaborative investment arena
  • And more!

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About Leslie Samuelrich:

Leslie leads Green Century Capital Management and focuses on the firm’s investment strategies, business development, and impact investing program. The Green Century Funds have experienced 570% growth under her leadership. Ms. Samuelrich has more than 25 years of experience in ESG investing, corporate engagement, and environmental and public health advocacy. Her comments have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, the New York Times, Responsible Investor, Barron’s, and many other outlets. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment (US SIF) and the Advisory Board of the Intentional Endowments Network. 

About Sam Adams:

Sam is the CEO of Vert Asset Management.  Sam is an environmentalist and a capitalist passionate about preserving and defending nature and has worked as an investment professional. He has 20 years of experience at Dimensional Fund Advisors, where he learned the power of the markets as an Investment Professional. Sam is passionate about making sustainable investing easier for financial advisors and their clients. He also holds a BA from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and an MBA from UC Davis Graduate School of Management. 

About Sarah Adams:

Sarah is the Chief Sustainability Officer and Co-founder at Vert Asset Management. Sarah leads on the engagement processes to define how the company operates, ways to influence the financial services sector, and ways shareholders can be active stewards of capital for ESG and better business practices. She started in financial services at a boutique brokerage firm during the late 90s dot-com boom.  

 


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52. Investing for Climate Risk and Gender Equality With Pooja Khosla



Many of us want to be informed investors, putting our money towards companies and causes that will positively impact our earth and societies.

But finding the information we need to make these decisions can be a challenging task.

That’s why companies like Entelligent are working to give investors the data they need to invest according to their values.

In this episode, econometrician and Entelligent’s executive vice president for client & product development, Pooja Khosla, joins Kimberly Griego-Kiel to discuss just how the company helps investors engage in impact investing. She talks about investment solutions that are climate-aligned and explains how her investment tools translate the projections from climate change models into simple rankings, which can be used to build climate-resilient portfolios.

Pooja discusses:

  • What an econometrician is
  • How Entelligent helps investors engage in ESG investing
  • Sustainable impact investing
  • How climate change and inequality are linked
  • Gender equality in financial services and how the pandemic has empowered women
  • And more!

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About our Guest:

Pooja Khosla Ph.D. is Vice President of Client Development at Entelligent. Dr. Khosla is an economist, econometrician, and mathematician who has deep knowledge to build investing solutions. She has extensive experience in predictive modeling, microfinance, and designing impact investment tools and has been working on impact solutions since 2003, both nationally and internationally.