What do real estate and sustainability have in common?
This week, Sam Adams, the CEO and co-founder of Vert Asset Management, unpacks the ins and outs of sustainable investing and the need for more sustainability in the real estate arena.
Sam shares Vert’s approach to educating and encouraging companies to take the next step in their sustainability journey while highlighting how the firm advocates for more sustainability in the financial services industry.
Sustainable investing and the need for more sustainability in the real estate industry
Some eye-opening ESG mistakes advisors might be making
The difference between ESG and SRI
Ways the real estate strategy fits into the sustainable investing model
An overview of the book he’s co-writing, “Your Essential Guide to Sustainable Investing”
What you should know about the Vert Asset Management fund
Samuel Adams 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.
How much do you know about corporate responsibility and sustainability?
This week, Andy Behar, the CEO of As You Sow, joins Kim Griego-Kiel to talk about the nonprofit organization’s role in shaking up the business world with its innovative environmental and social justice approach.
Listen in as Andy details the ins and outs of creating a more sustainable and equitable future for this and the years to come.
As You Sow’s vision and mission
The importance of climate action in the corporate resolution filings for 2023
The value of more companies incorporating diversity, equity, and inclusion
As You Sow’s role in helping companies minimize the dangers of pesticides in our food system
What you should know about company transparency and accountability
Ways As You Sow is working to reduce plastic demand
Andy Behar is CEO of As You Sow, the nation’s leading non-profit practitioner of shareholder advocacy and engagement. With a 30-year track record of success, the organization advances values-aligned investing and uses shareholder power to compel companies to reduce material risk on issues including climate change; toxins in the food system; ocean plastics; diversity, equity, and inclusion; racial justice; and wage equity.
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.
The Federal Reserve’s efforts to control inflation
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
In this episode of Deep Impact Investing, Kimberly Griego-Kiel talks about Horizons Sustainable Financial Services’ financial health quiz. She dives into all 15 questions for you to follow along and figure out your financial health score.
Why it’s important to not only know the value of your bank and investment accounts but also to check them regularly
Why you should list your assets and liabilities or know where to find them
The importance of developing specific and measurable financial goals
Knowing the value of your home and the balance of your mortgage and the interest rate