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Reflecting on 2016 and Looking Ahead - Update on the Inte...

Dear IEN members and friends, Thank you for being a part of the Intentional Endowments Network. As we move toward implementing our 2017 priorities – of growing the network and advancing intentionally designed endowments – we’d like to take a moment and provide you with an update on an active and productive 2016. The threats of climate change, toxins, extreme wealth inequality, oppression, human rights violations, water scarcity, breakdown in trust, loss of topsoil, failed states, political instability, and other sustainability challenges represent risks to investments in all sectors. Understanding the short- and long-term risks and opportunities of these trends is essential for prudent endowment management. Joining the conversation on these topics also serves as a tremendous leadership opportunity for...

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Strategies for Investing in a Climate-Safe Future

By: Ken Locklin, Director, Impax Asset Management Conventional wisdom can be seductive.  Pundits are quick to predict that even the slightest shift in public policy breezes augur for imminent, wholesale change in direction.  But, as fiduciaries we are called upon to make investment decisions grounded in reality, and based on rigorous, rational analysis.  Reality is typically more resilient, and not necessarily deflected by policy zephyrs. One reality that investors and policy makers alike face is the increasing impact of climate change.  It increasingly impacts our physical world and significantly heightens investment risk.  While these impacts impose challenges for investors in general, they simultaneously offer compelling opportunities for investors in climate solutions. The incoming administration campaigned as pro-coal, climate change sceptics.  But...

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Navigating the Sustainable Investment Landscape: A New Pa...

A new paper by World Resources Institute finds strong interest and opportunities and key barriers for sustainable investing within the US institutional investor marketplace.  A survey of over 100 investment professionals shows that institutional investors - including pensions, foundations, universities, and NGOs - are increasingly considering the material importance of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors in constructing their portfolios. Stakeholder pressure and economic drivers are making sustainability an issue that long-term investors simply cannot ignore.

Read More


Holiday Reflections from the IEN Team

With the arrival of the holiday season, we are reflecting upon our shared success during the past year in advancing the conversation around sustainability among endowments, investors, students, companies, and the general public. We are filled with gratitude for the engagement of IEN members, event attendees, and all that have shown interest in this critical work.We appreciate the support so many of your organizations have provided to make IEN possible -- and as you think about your own personal year-end charitable giving, we invite you to consider supporting IEN with a personal donation. You can also help IEN by setting "The Crane Institute of Sustainability" as your charity when you shop online at Amazon Smile and GoodShop. Our society faces many interrelated challenges - climate change, food security, water, income...

Read More


Intentionally Designed Endowment Forum at Loyola Universi...

Former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, Hank Paulson, discussed the economic risks associated with climate impacts, his work leading the Risky Business Project, and the importance of improved disclosure of climate risk by corporations On November 1-2, 2016, a dynamic group of endowment leaders convened at Loyola University Chicago to connect with their peers and learn from investment experts about the fast-evolving field of sustainable investing -- covering a broad range of concepts and strategies including ESG integration, impact investing, mission-aligned investing, shareholder engagement and more.  Participants heard from a variety of high-level speakers, including Former Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson, as well as David Blood of Generation Management, Jeremy Coller of Coller Capital and the Farm Animal Investment Risk &...

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New Report on Campuses and Endowments Investing in Clean ...

Today the Intentional Endowments Network (IEN) announced the launch of a new report titled “Investing in Clean Energy: Campuses and Endowments” during a Forum at Loyola University Chicago. The report is designed to encourage conversation about the financial and societal benefits of clean energy investments higher education can make – both as a customer and an institutional investor through their endowments. It explores the current opportunities and barriers to such investments. Clean energy investments include renewable energy generation, energy efficiency, energy storage, combined heat & power, and electrified transport solutions. With over $528 billion in assets, the ability to make illiquid investments, and long-term investment horizons, there are many options for college and university endowments to invest in clean energy....

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Vice President for Advancement at San Francisco State Uni...

On September 19, 2016, Robert J. Nava, The Vice President for Advancement at San Francisco State University, spoke at The CETYS University International Seminar of Innovation in Higher Education. Nava's comments focused on social responsibility within the context of San Francisco State University and the SF State Foundation's commitment to align its core values of social justice and environmental sustainability with socially responsible investing. His full comments are featured below. 

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Press Release: Hank Paulson, Former U.S. Secretary of the...

Hank Paulson, former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, Chairman of the Paulson Institute, and Co-Chair of the Risky Business Project will be the keynote speaker at the Intentional Endowments Network (IEN) and Loyola University Chicago’s Intentionally Designed Endowments Forum. Paulson and other speakers, including David Blood, co-founder of Generation Investment Management and former CEO of Goldman Sachs Asset Management will address endowment decision makers about climate risk and the growing interest in ESG investing.  Please read the press release. For additional information about the forum please click here.  

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IEN Members to Deliver Session at 2016 AASHE Conference

We are thrilled to be delivering a session at the upcoming annual conference of AASHE - the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education - taking place from October 9-12, 2016 in Baltimore.  The following IEN members will be sharing their perspectives:  Christie Zarkovich, Director, Cambridge Associates Mark Orlowski, Executive Director, Sustainable Endowments Institute  Michele Madia, Director of Education and Partnerships, Second Nature Ken Locklin, Managing Director, Impax Asset Management Georges Dyer, Principal, Intentional Endowments Network (Moderator) A description of the session is below.  If you're planning on attending, please join us for this exciting conversation!  If you're not yet registered for the AASHE conference, you can still do so until Sept. 22, 2016.       

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Recap: Accelerating Innovation in ESG Investing

This year IEN partnered with Bloomberg LP and the ICMA Centre at the University of Reading’s Henley Business School, to foster engagement and knowledge exchange on sustainable, responsible and impact investment between academics and practitioners. Together we designed a day of panels and discussions to bridge emerging academic as well as applied approaches to ESG integration and sustainable investment. Nearly 100 attendees representing asset owners, investment managers, investment consultants, and academics gathered at the June 13 event, "Accelerating Innovations in ESG Investing," hosted by Bloomberg LP. An overview of recent academic research on the performance of strategies integrating ESG or sustainability factors was provided Dr. Andreas Hoepner, Associate Professor of Finance at the ICMA Centre of Henley Business School, during...

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Recap: Accelerating Innovation in ESG Investing

This year IEN partnered with Bloomberg LP and the ICMA Centre at the University of Reading’s Henley Business School, to foster engagement and knowledge exchange on sustainable, responsible and impact investment between academics and practitioners. Together we designed a day of panels and discussions to bridge emerging academic as well as applied approaches to ESG integration and sustainable investment. Nearly 100 attendees representing asset owners, investment managers, investment consultants, and academics gathered at the June 13 event, "Accelerating Innovations in ESG Investing," hosted by Bloomberg LP. An overview of recent academic research on the performance of strategies integrating ESG or sustainability factors was provided Dr. Andreas Hoepner, Associate Professor of Finance at the ICMA Centre of Henley Business School, during...

Read More


IEN Members to Deliver Session at 2016 AASHE Conference

We are thrilled to be delivering a session at the upcoming annual conference of AASHE - the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education - taking place from October 9-12, 2016 in Baltimore.  The following IEN members will be sharing their perspectives:  Christie Zarkovich, Director, Cambridge Associates Mark Orlowski, Executive Director, Sustainable Endowments Institute  Michele Madia, Director of Education and Partnerships, Second Nature Ken Locklin, Managing Director, Impax Asset Management Georges Dyer, Principal, Intentional Endowments Network (Moderator) A description of the session is below.  If you're planning on attending, please join us for this exciting conversation!  If you're not yet registered for the AASHE conference, you can still do so until Sept. 22, 2016.       

Read More


Press Release: Hank Paulson, Former U.S. Secretary of the...

Hank Paulson, former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, Chairman of the Paulson Institute, and Co-Chair of the Risky Business Project will be the keynote speaker at the Intentional Endowments Network (IEN) and Loyola University Chicago’s Intentionally Designed Endowments Forum. Paulson and other speakers, including David Blood, co-founder of Generation Investment Management and former CEO of Goldman Sachs Asset Management will address endowment decision makers about climate risk and the growing interest in ESG investing.  Please read the press release. For additional information about the forum please click here.  

Read More


Vice President for Advancement at San Francisco State Uni...

On September 19, 2016, Robert J. Nava, The Vice President for Advancement at San Francisco State University, spoke at The CETYS University International Seminar of Innovation in Higher Education. Nava's comments focused on social responsibility within the context of San Francisco State University and the SF State Foundation's commitment to align its core values of social justice and environmental sustainability with socially responsible investing. His full comments are featured below. 

Read More


New Report on Campuses and Endowments Investing in Clean ...

Today the Intentional Endowments Network (IEN) announced the launch of a new report titled “Investing in Clean Energy: Campuses and Endowments” during a Forum at Loyola University Chicago. The report is designed to encourage conversation about the financial and societal benefits of clean energy investments higher education can make – both as a customer and an institutional investor through their endowments. It explores the current opportunities and barriers to such investments. Clean energy investments include renewable energy generation, energy efficiency, energy storage, combined heat & power, and electrified transport solutions. With over $528 billion in assets, the ability to make illiquid investments, and long-term investment horizons, there are many options for college and university endowments to invest in clean energy....

Read More


Intentionally Designed Endowment Forum at Loyola Universi...

Former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, Hank Paulson, discussed the economic risks associated with climate impacts, his work leading the Risky Business Project, and the importance of improved disclosure of climate risk by corporations On November 1-2, 2016, a dynamic group of endowment leaders convened at Loyola University Chicago to connect with their peers and learn from investment experts about the fast-evolving field of sustainable investing -- covering a broad range of concepts and strategies including ESG integration, impact investing, mission-aligned investing, shareholder engagement and more.  Participants heard from a variety of high-level speakers, including Former Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson, as well as David Blood of Generation Management, Jeremy Coller of Coller Capital and the Farm Animal Investment Risk &...

Read More


Holiday Reflections from the IEN Team

With the arrival of the holiday season, we are reflecting upon our shared success during the past year in advancing the conversation around sustainability among endowments, investors, students, companies, and the general public. We are filled with gratitude for the engagement of IEN members, event attendees, and all that have shown interest in this critical work.We appreciate the support so many of your organizations have provided to make IEN possible -- and as you think about your own personal year-end charitable giving, we invite you to consider supporting IEN with a personal donation. You can also help IEN by setting "The Crane Institute of Sustainability" as your charity when you shop online at Amazon Smile and GoodShop. Our society faces many interrelated challenges - climate change, food security, water, income...

Read More


Navigating the Sustainable Investment Landscape: A New Pa...

A new paper by World Resources Institute finds strong interest and opportunities and key barriers for sustainable investing within the US institutional investor marketplace.  A survey of over 100 investment professionals shows that institutional investors - including pensions, foundations, universities, and NGOs - are increasingly considering the material importance of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors in constructing their portfolios. Stakeholder pressure and economic drivers are making sustainability an issue that long-term investors simply cannot ignore.

Read More


Strategies for Investing in a Climate-Safe Future

By: Ken Locklin, Director, Impax Asset Management Conventional wisdom can be seductive.  Pundits are quick to predict that even the slightest shift in public policy breezes augur for imminent, wholesale change in direction.  But, as fiduciaries we are called upon to make investment decisions grounded in reality, and based on rigorous, rational analysis.  Reality is typically more resilient, and not necessarily deflected by policy zephyrs. One reality that investors and policy makers alike face is the increasing impact of climate change.  It increasingly impacts our physical world and significantly heightens investment risk.  While these impacts impose challenges for investors in general, they simultaneously offer compelling opportunities for investors in climate solutions. The incoming administration campaigned as pro-coal, climate change sceptics.  But...

Read More


Reflecting on 2016 and Looking Ahead - Update on the Inte...

Dear IEN members and friends, Thank you for being a part of the Intentional Endowments Network. As we move toward implementing our 2017 priorities – of growing the network and advancing intentionally designed endowments – we’d like to take a moment and provide you with an update on an active and productive 2016. The threats of climate change, toxins, extreme wealth inequality, oppression, human rights violations, water scarcity, breakdown in trust, loss of topsoil, failed states, political instability, and other sustainability challenges represent risks to investments in all sectors. Understanding the short- and long-term risks and opportunities of these trends is essential for prudent endowment management. Joining the conversation on these topics also serves as a tremendous leadership opportunity for...

Read More


Holiday Reflections from the IEN Team

With the arrival of the holiday season, we are reflecting upon our shared success during the past year in advancing the conversation around sustainability among endowments, investors, students, companies, and the general public. We are filled with gratitude for the engagement of IEN members, event attendees, and all that have shown interest in this critical work.We appreciate the support so many of your organizations have provided to make IEN possible -- and as you think about your own personal year-end charitable giving, we invite you to consider supporting IEN with a personal donation. You can also help IEN by setting "The Crane Institute of Sustainability" as your charity when you shop online at Amazon Smile and GoodShop. Our society faces many interrelated challenges - climate change, food security, water, income...

Read More


IEN Members to Deliver Session at 2016 AASHE Conference

We are thrilled to be delivering a session at the upcoming annual conference of AASHE - the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education - taking place from October 9-12, 2016 in Baltimore.  The following IEN members will be sharing their perspectives:  Christie Zarkovich, Director, Cambridge Associates Mark Orlowski, Executive Director, Sustainable Endowments Institute  Michele Madia, Director of Education and Partnerships, Second Nature Ken Locklin, Managing Director, Impax Asset Management Georges Dyer, Principal, Intentional Endowments Network (Moderator) A description of the session is below.  If you're planning on attending, please join us for this exciting conversation!  If you're not yet registered for the AASHE conference, you can still do so until Sept. 22, 2016.       

Read More


Intentionally Designed Endowment Forum at Loyola Universi...

Former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, Hank Paulson, discussed the economic risks associated with climate impacts, his work leading the Risky Business Project, and the importance of improved disclosure of climate risk by corporations On November 1-2, 2016, a dynamic group of endowment leaders convened at Loyola University Chicago to connect with their peers and learn from investment experts about the fast-evolving field of sustainable investing -- covering a broad range of concepts and strategies including ESG integration, impact investing, mission-aligned investing, shareholder engagement and more.  Participants heard from a variety of high-level speakers, including Former Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson, as well as David Blood of Generation Management, Jeremy Coller of Coller Capital and the Farm Animal Investment Risk &...

Read More


Navigating the Sustainable Investment Landscape: A New Pa...

A new paper by World Resources Institute finds strong interest and opportunities and key barriers for sustainable investing within the US institutional investor marketplace.  A survey of over 100 investment professionals shows that institutional investors - including pensions, foundations, universities, and NGOs - are increasingly considering the material importance of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors in constructing their portfolios. Stakeholder pressure and economic drivers are making sustainability an issue that long-term investors simply cannot ignore.

Read More


New Report on Campuses and Endowments Investing in Clean ...

Today the Intentional Endowments Network (IEN) announced the launch of a new report titled “Investing in Clean Energy: Campuses and Endowments” during a Forum at Loyola University Chicago. The report is designed to encourage conversation about the financial and societal benefits of clean energy investments higher education can make – both as a customer and an institutional investor through their endowments. It explores the current opportunities and barriers to such investments. Clean energy investments include renewable energy generation, energy efficiency, energy storage, combined heat & power, and electrified transport solutions. With over $528 billion in assets, the ability to make illiquid investments, and long-term investment horizons, there are many options for college and university endowments to invest in clean energy....

Read More


Press Release: Hank Paulson, Former U.S. Secretary of the...

Hank Paulson, former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, Chairman of the Paulson Institute, and Co-Chair of the Risky Business Project will be the keynote speaker at the Intentional Endowments Network (IEN) and Loyola University Chicago’s Intentionally Designed Endowments Forum. Paulson and other speakers, including David Blood, co-founder of Generation Investment Management and former CEO of Goldman Sachs Asset Management will address endowment decision makers about climate risk and the growing interest in ESG investing.  Please read the press release. For additional information about the forum please click here.  

Read More


Recap: Accelerating Innovation in ESG Investing

This year IEN partnered with Bloomberg LP and the ICMA Centre at the University of Reading’s Henley Business School, to foster engagement and knowledge exchange on sustainable, responsible and impact investment between academics and practitioners. Together we designed a day of panels and discussions to bridge emerging academic as well as applied approaches to ESG integration and sustainable investment. Nearly 100 attendees representing asset owners, investment managers, investment consultants, and academics gathered at the June 13 event, "Accelerating Innovations in ESG Investing," hosted by Bloomberg LP. An overview of recent academic research on the performance of strategies integrating ESG or sustainability factors was provided Dr. Andreas Hoepner, Associate Professor of Finance at the ICMA Centre of Henley Business School, during...

Read More


Reflecting on 2016 and Looking Ahead - Update on the Inte...

Dear IEN members and friends, Thank you for being a part of the Intentional Endowments Network. As we move toward implementing our 2017 priorities – of growing the network and advancing intentionally designed endowments – we’d like to take a moment and provide you with an update on an active and productive 2016. The threats of climate change, toxins, extreme wealth inequality, oppression, human rights violations, water scarcity, breakdown in trust, loss of topsoil, failed states, political instability, and other sustainability challenges represent risks to investments in all sectors. Understanding the short- and long-term risks and opportunities of these trends is essential for prudent endowment management. Joining the conversation on these topics also serves as a tremendous leadership opportunity for...

Read More


Strategies for Investing in a Climate-Safe Future

By: Ken Locklin, Director, Impax Asset Management Conventional wisdom can be seductive.  Pundits are quick to predict that even the slightest shift in public policy breezes augur for imminent, wholesale change in direction.  But, as fiduciaries we are called upon to make investment decisions grounded in reality, and based on rigorous, rational analysis.  Reality is typically more resilient, and not necessarily deflected by policy zephyrs. One reality that investors and policy makers alike face is the increasing impact of climate change.  It increasingly impacts our physical world and significantly heightens investment risk.  While these impacts impose challenges for investors in general, they simultaneously offer compelling opportunities for investors in climate solutions. The incoming administration campaigned as pro-coal, climate change sceptics.  But...

Read More


Vice President for Advancement at San Francisco State Uni...

On September 19, 2016, Robert J. Nava, The Vice President for Advancement at San Francisco State University, spoke at The CETYS University International Seminar of Innovation in Higher Education. Nava's comments focused on social responsibility within the context of San Francisco State University and the SF State Foundation's commitment to align its core values of social justice and environmental sustainability with socially responsible investing. His full comments are featured below. 

Read More


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