IEN Webinar: Using Endowment Portfolios to Invest in Sustainable Forestry Strategies in the U.S.

Date: Thursday, November 7, 2019

In this webinar, we learn about how endowments can use a slice of their real-asset allocations to invest in climate-smart strategies right here in the United States. The investor perspective is shared by Sarah Cleveland, a former investment consultant that currently works with mission-oriented investors to ensure they’re prepared to implement their impact investing program. She is also a board member of The Russell Family Foundation (TRFF) and chairs their investment committee. TRFF is a founding member of DivestInvest Philanthropy. Amrita Vatsal, Managing Director at EFM, discusses their climate-smart forestry strategy. EFM is a private real-asset manager that transitions private forests to FSC-certified management while also enabling long-term community based land-ownership in the western U.S. Amrita describes one of their investments and shares how their collaboration with community partners can enable landscape scale conservation, all within the context of a market-rate private real-asset investment. We also hear what this kind of investment makes possible in terms of environmental and social impact, from Erik Kingfisher, Stewardship Director of Jefferson Land Trust. Erik describes their vision for a community forest in Washington, and how the partnership with EFM helped them realize their goals.


Additional Resources:

Webinar slides


Jefferson Land Trust

The Russell Family Foundation Impact Investing Journey - Full Report or Executive Summary

GIIN: Scaling Investments in Sustainable Forestry

Cambridge Associates Benchmarking Study



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