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Weekly News Round-Up: November 15, 2019

This week we’d like to hear from you! Please take a moment (or at least less than 10 minutes) to fill out the Sustainable Retirements Survey, and let us know your perspective on incorporating sustainable investing strategies into higher ed retirement plans. And for IEN members - please also complete the annual IEN Member Survey before the November 29th deadline!

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Weekly News Round-Up: November 8, 2019

If you missed yesterday’s webinar on Using Endowment Portfolios to Invest in Sustainable Forestry Strategies in the U.S., please take a look at the slides and recording here, and let us know what you think! It’s not too late to register to join other IEN members at next week’s Impact Summit America - including a special workshop for trustees. And now that it’s November and we are all starting to make our plans for 2020, it is a great time to think about how participating in the 2020 Higher Education Climate Leadership Summit could advance your organizational and personal goals. We are adding more participants, speakers, and agenda details (including pre-Summit workshops and tours) regularly now and over the next few...

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Weekly News Round-Up: November 1, 2019

As we close out a busy news week and close out Campus Sustainability month, I want to say thank you (and ask that you take a moment to thank a colleague) for your efforts to keep equity and sustainability at the center of our work together. We are thinking of colleagues who are doing so while being impacted by the fires in California. We’re looking forward to connecting as a network on our November 7th webinar - Using Endowment Portfolios to Invest in Sustainable Forestry Strategies in the U.S. We will also be announcing new session topics and speakers for the 2020 Higher Education Climate Summit - stay tuned for more updates throughout the month of November, and let us...

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Weekly News Round-Up: October 25, 2019

In this week’s news, there’s an important call to action by six members of Congress to college and university endowments and their advisors. We also highlight an opportunity for endowments to improve transparency on the extent to which their investment managers reflect the rich diversity of our country and student populations. If you’re inspired by the Financial Times special report on Responsible Business Education below, please join IEN’s SIILK Network activities! We look forward to hearing from network members who are connecting at this week’s SOCAP19 conference, the AASHE conference this weekend (including IEN’s half-day workshop on Sunday October 27!), and SRI Conference in November. We’ll also have a chance to connect virtually on the next IEN webinar November 7th,...

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Weekly News Round-Up: October 18, 2019

We're hoping to see you at one or more of the upcoming events this fall, including the upcoming AASHE Conference in Spokane, WA, where IEN is hosting a half-day workshop titled 'Using Endowment Investing to Help Create a Sustainable Economy' on October 27th.  We will also be hosting both a panel and a workshop on sustainable investing at college and university endowments as well as expanding sustainable investing education on campuses at The SRI Conference in Colorado Springs, CO, November 13-15th.  More than 20 IEN members and partners are coming together for the Shareholder Engagement Working Group call next Monday, October 21st from 3-4PM ET. We invite all interested members to join the Working Group call, more information is below. Please reach out...

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Weekly News Round-Up: October 11, 2019

This has been an overwhelming news week, but we’ve managed to stay focused on the latest in sustainable investing and higher education sustainability leadership nonetheless. In the midst of a busy fall conference season, take a look at IEN’s half-day workshop at the upcoming AASHE Conference, Using Endowment Investing to Help Create a Sustainable Economy, and make a plan to join peers for an engaging session in Spokane on October 27th!

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Weekly News Round-up: October 4, 2019

Welcome to October, also known as Campus Sustainability Month! This week, many IEN members are together at the GIIN Investor Forum. Look for additional opportunities to connect in the Calendar below! While annual performance is not necessarily the best indicator of an endowment’s long-term ability to deliver on its goals, there were many stories this week about how endowments did thanks to new data being reported.  

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Weekly News Round-Up: September 27, 2019

As Climate Week winds down, we are overwhelmed by the feeling of momentum as well as the sense of urgency. It has certainly been a busy news week on all fronts, but this week’s round-up is full of stories of climate action - please share with us the steps you are taking that other IEN members and friends could learn from or contribute to! Please take a moment to register for the 2020 Higher Education Climate Summit and submit a session proposal to make sure your ideas, solutions, and questions are featured alongside our growing list of confirmed speakers - the call for session proposals closes on Monday, September 30!

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Weekly News Round-Up: September 20, 2019

Today we’re supporting the youth-led Global Climate Strike and looking ahead to Climate Week - if you are in New York, keep an eye out for IEN members leading conversations on the role of investors in addressing the climate crisis! We’re also celebrating two big moves by university endowments on climate this week: the University of California laid out its reasons for moving out of fossil fuels, and the Harvard Management Company joined the Climate Action 100+ campaign to engage directly with companies.  Looking to take action? Higher Ed institutions can sign on to this Global Climate Letter, and all institutional investors can sign on to this Global Investor Statement to Governments on Climate Change. And with climate top-of-mind this...

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Weekly News Round-Up: September 13, 2019

Last week over 85 leaders from across our network gathered in Berkeley to explore ways university and other institutional endowments can incorporate community impact in their investment strategies - from ESG considerations to place-based investments to working with Community Development Financial Institutions and other strategies across asset classes. Stay tuned for a full recap! In the round-up this week there’s a powerful argument for how higher education can adapt in order to shape the future of capitalism, as well as arguments for and against fossil fuel divestment. We’d love to hear how these debates are playing out on your campuses, among your clients, and in your offices!

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Weekly News Round-Up: September 13, 2019

Last week over 85 leaders from across our network gathered in Berkeley to explore ways university and other institutional endowments can incorporate community impact in their investment strategies - from ESG considerations to place-based investments to working with Community Development Financial Institutions and other strategies across asset classes. Stay tuned for a full recap! In the round-up this week there’s a powerful argument for how higher education can adapt in order to shape the future of capitalism, as well as arguments for and against fossil fuel divestment. We’d love to hear how these debates are playing out on your campuses, among your clients, and in your offices!

Read More


Weekly News Round-Up: September 20, 2019

Today we’re supporting the youth-led Global Climate Strike and looking ahead to Climate Week - if you are in New York, keep an eye out for IEN members leading conversations on the role of investors in addressing the climate crisis! We’re also celebrating two big moves by university endowments on climate this week: the University of California laid out its reasons for moving out of fossil fuels, and the Harvard Management Company joined the Climate Action 100+ campaign to engage directly with companies.  Looking to take action? Higher Ed institutions can sign on to this Global Climate Letter, and all institutional investors can sign on to this Global Investor Statement to Governments on Climate Change. And with climate top-of-mind this...

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Weekly News Round-Up: September 27, 2019

As Climate Week winds down, we are overwhelmed by the feeling of momentum as well as the sense of urgency. It has certainly been a busy news week on all fronts, but this week’s round-up is full of stories of climate action - please share with us the steps you are taking that other IEN members and friends could learn from or contribute to! Please take a moment to register for the 2020 Higher Education Climate Summit and submit a session proposal to make sure your ideas, solutions, and questions are featured alongside our growing list of confirmed speakers - the call for session proposals closes on Monday, September 30!

Read More


Weekly News Round-up: October 4, 2019

Welcome to October, also known as Campus Sustainability Month! This week, many IEN members are together at the GIIN Investor Forum. Look for additional opportunities to connect in the Calendar below! While annual performance is not necessarily the best indicator of an endowment’s long-term ability to deliver on its goals, there were many stories this week about how endowments did thanks to new data being reported.  

Read More


Weekly News Round-Up: October 11, 2019

This has been an overwhelming news week, but we’ve managed to stay focused on the latest in sustainable investing and higher education sustainability leadership nonetheless. In the midst of a busy fall conference season, take a look at IEN’s half-day workshop at the upcoming AASHE Conference, Using Endowment Investing to Help Create a Sustainable Economy, and make a plan to join peers for an engaging session in Spokane on October 27th!

Read More


Weekly News Round-Up: October 18, 2019

We're hoping to see you at one or more of the upcoming events this fall, including the upcoming AASHE Conference in Spokane, WA, where IEN is hosting a half-day workshop titled 'Using Endowment Investing to Help Create a Sustainable Economy' on October 27th.  We will also be hosting both a panel and a workshop on sustainable investing at college and university endowments as well as expanding sustainable investing education on campuses at The SRI Conference in Colorado Springs, CO, November 13-15th.  More than 20 IEN members and partners are coming together for the Shareholder Engagement Working Group call next Monday, October 21st from 3-4PM ET. We invite all interested members to join the Working Group call, more information is below. Please reach out...

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Weekly News Round-Up: October 25, 2019

In this week’s news, there’s an important call to action by six members of Congress to college and university endowments and their advisors. We also highlight an opportunity for endowments to improve transparency on the extent to which their investment managers reflect the rich diversity of our country and student populations. If you’re inspired by the Financial Times special report on Responsible Business Education below, please join IEN’s SIILK Network activities! We look forward to hearing from network members who are connecting at this week’s SOCAP19 conference, the AASHE conference this weekend (including IEN’s half-day workshop on Sunday October 27!), and SRI Conference in November. We’ll also have a chance to connect virtually on the next IEN webinar November 7th,...

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Weekly News Round-Up: November 1, 2019

As we close out a busy news week and close out Campus Sustainability month, I want to say thank you (and ask that you take a moment to thank a colleague) for your efforts to keep equity and sustainability at the center of our work together. We are thinking of colleagues who are doing so while being impacted by the fires in California. We’re looking forward to connecting as a network on our November 7th webinar - Using Endowment Portfolios to Invest in Sustainable Forestry Strategies in the U.S. We will also be announcing new session topics and speakers for the 2020 Higher Education Climate Summit - stay tuned for more updates throughout the month of November, and let us...

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Weekly News Round-Up: November 8, 2019

If you missed yesterday’s webinar on Using Endowment Portfolios to Invest in Sustainable Forestry Strategies in the U.S., please take a look at the slides and recording here, and let us know what you think! It’s not too late to register to join other IEN members at next week’s Impact Summit America - including a special workshop for trustees. And now that it’s November and we are all starting to make our plans for 2020, it is a great time to think about how participating in the 2020 Higher Education Climate Leadership Summit could advance your organizational and personal goals. We are adding more participants, speakers, and agenda details (including pre-Summit workshops and tours) regularly now and over the next few...

Read More


Weekly News Round-Up: November 15, 2019

This week we’d like to hear from you! Please take a moment (or at least less than 10 minutes) to fill out the Sustainable Retirements Survey, and let us know your perspective on incorporating sustainable investing strategies into higher ed retirement plans. And for IEN members - please also complete the annual IEN Member Survey before the November 29th deadline!

Read More


Weekly News Round-Up: November 1, 2019

As we close out a busy news week and close out Campus Sustainability month, I want to say thank you (and ask that you take a moment to thank a colleague) for your efforts to keep equity and sustainability at the center of our work together. We are thinking of colleagues who are doing so while being impacted by the fires in California. We’re looking forward to connecting as a network on our November 7th webinar - Using Endowment Portfolios to Invest in Sustainable Forestry Strategies in the U.S. We will also be announcing new session topics and speakers for the 2020 Higher Education Climate Summit - stay tuned for more updates throughout the month of November, and let us...

Read More


Weekly News Round-Up: November 15, 2019

This week we’d like to hear from you! Please take a moment (or at least less than 10 minutes) to fill out the Sustainable Retirements Survey, and let us know your perspective on incorporating sustainable investing strategies into higher ed retirement plans. And for IEN members - please also complete the annual IEN Member Survey before the November 29th deadline!

Read More


Weekly News Round-Up: November 8, 2019

If you missed yesterday’s webinar on Using Endowment Portfolios to Invest in Sustainable Forestry Strategies in the U.S., please take a look at the slides and recording here, and let us know what you think! It’s not too late to register to join other IEN members at next week’s Impact Summit America - including a special workshop for trustees. And now that it’s November and we are all starting to make our plans for 2020, it is a great time to think about how participating in the 2020 Higher Education Climate Leadership Summit could advance your organizational and personal goals. We are adding more participants, speakers, and agenda details (including pre-Summit workshops and tours) regularly now and over the next few...

Read More


Weekly News Round-Up: October 11, 2019

This has been an overwhelming news week, but we’ve managed to stay focused on the latest in sustainable investing and higher education sustainability leadership nonetheless. In the midst of a busy fall conference season, take a look at IEN’s half-day workshop at the upcoming AASHE Conference, Using Endowment Investing to Help Create a Sustainable Economy, and make a plan to join peers for an engaging session in Spokane on October 27th!

Read More


Weekly News Round-Up: October 18, 2019

We're hoping to see you at one or more of the upcoming events this fall, including the upcoming AASHE Conference in Spokane, WA, where IEN is hosting a half-day workshop titled 'Using Endowment Investing to Help Create a Sustainable Economy' on October 27th.  We will also be hosting both a panel and a workshop on sustainable investing at college and university endowments as well as expanding sustainable investing education on campuses at The SRI Conference in Colorado Springs, CO, November 13-15th.  More than 20 IEN members and partners are coming together for the Shareholder Engagement Working Group call next Monday, October 21st from 3-4PM ET. We invite all interested members to join the Working Group call, more information is below. Please reach out...

Read More


Weekly News Round-Up: October 25, 2019

In this week’s news, there’s an important call to action by six members of Congress to college and university endowments and their advisors. We also highlight an opportunity for endowments to improve transparency on the extent to which their investment managers reflect the rich diversity of our country and student populations. If you’re inspired by the Financial Times special report on Responsible Business Education below, please join IEN’s SIILK Network activities! We look forward to hearing from network members who are connecting at this week’s SOCAP19 conference, the AASHE conference this weekend (including IEN’s half-day workshop on Sunday October 27!), and SRI Conference in November. We’ll also have a chance to connect virtually on the next IEN webinar November 7th,...

Read More


Weekly News Round-Up: September 13, 2019

Last week over 85 leaders from across our network gathered in Berkeley to explore ways university and other institutional endowments can incorporate community impact in their investment strategies - from ESG considerations to place-based investments to working with Community Development Financial Institutions and other strategies across asset classes. Stay tuned for a full recap! In the round-up this week there’s a powerful argument for how higher education can adapt in order to shape the future of capitalism, as well as arguments for and against fossil fuel divestment. We’d love to hear how these debates are playing out on your campuses, among your clients, and in your offices!

Read More


Weekly News Round-Up: September 20, 2019

Today we’re supporting the youth-led Global Climate Strike and looking ahead to Climate Week - if you are in New York, keep an eye out for IEN members leading conversations on the role of investors in addressing the climate crisis! We’re also celebrating two big moves by university endowments on climate this week: the University of California laid out its reasons for moving out of fossil fuels, and the Harvard Management Company joined the Climate Action 100+ campaign to engage directly with companies.  Looking to take action? Higher Ed institutions can sign on to this Global Climate Letter, and all institutional investors can sign on to this Global Investor Statement to Governments on Climate Change. And with climate top-of-mind this...

Read More


Weekly News Round-Up: September 27, 2019

As Climate Week winds down, we are overwhelmed by the feeling of momentum as well as the sense of urgency. It has certainly been a busy news week on all fronts, but this week’s round-up is full of stories of climate action - please share with us the steps you are taking that other IEN members and friends could learn from or contribute to! Please take a moment to register for the 2020 Higher Education Climate Summit and submit a session proposal to make sure your ideas, solutions, and questions are featured alongside our growing list of confirmed speakers - the call for session proposals closes on Monday, September 30!

Read More


Weekly News Round-up: October 4, 2019

Welcome to October, also known as Campus Sustainability Month! This week, many IEN members are together at the GIIN Investor Forum. Look for additional opportunities to connect in the Calendar below! While annual performance is not necessarily the best indicator of an endowment’s long-term ability to deliver on its goals, there were many stories this week about how endowments did thanks to new data being reported.  

Read More


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