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A listing of Ceres Coalition members
Founded in 1955, the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) is a voluntary federation of 57 national and international labor unions. Headquartered in Washington, DC, the AFL-CIO represents 12.2 million members, including 3.2 million members in Working America, its community affiliate. AFL-CIO members range from teachers to firefighters, pilots to public employees.
Alliance for the Great Lakes serves as the voice of the 40 million people who rely on Great Lakes water for drinking, recreation and commerce. Formed in 1970, it is the oldest Great Lakes protection organization in North America. Its mission is to conserve and restore the world’s largest freshwater resource using policy, education and local efforts, ensuring a healthy Great Lakes and clean water for generations of people and wildlife. Its headquarters are in Chicago, with offices in Buffalo, Cleveland, Detroit, Grand Haven and Milwaukee.
The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy is a nonprofit organization founded in 1980 that acts as a catalyst to advance energy efficiency policies, programs, technologies, investments, and behaviors. Projects are carried out by ACEEE staff and collaborators from government, the private sector, research institutions, and other nonprofit organizations. ACEEE focuses on federal, state, and local Energy Policy and Research, including programs on Buildings, Industry, Agriculture, Transportation, Economics and Finance, Behavior and Human Dimensions, and Utilities.
Headquartered in Washington, DC, the American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE) works to bring all forms of renewable energy into the mainstream of America’s economy and lifestyle. ACORE is a non-profit organization with paying members from every aspect and sector of the renewable energy industries and their trade associations, including wind, solar, geothermal, biomass and biofuels, hydropower tidal/current energy and waste energy. The scope of ACORE’s membership also spans – among others – financial institutions, government leaders, educators, end-users, professional service providers and allied non-profit groups. ACORE accomplishes much of its work by convening the leaders in each of these sectors, publishing collaborative research and facilitating communications among members, their stakeholders and the media.
Founded in 1932, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) is one of the largest labor unions in the U.S., representing 1.6 million members. Headquartered in Washington, DC, AFSCME provides vital services to members in hundreds of different occupations – from nurses to corrections officers, child care providers to sanitation workers.
American Rivers is the leading organization working to protect and restore the nation’s rivers and streams. Rivers connect us to each other, nature, and future generations. Since 1973, American Rivers has fought to preserve these connections, helping protect and restore more than 150,000 miles of rivers through advocacy efforts, on-the-ground projects, and the annual release of America’s Most Endangered Rivers™. Headquartered in Washington, DC, American Rivers has offices across the country and more than 100,000 supporters, members, and volunteers nationwide.
Founded in 1952, the Arca Foundation is dedicated to advancing social equity and justice. Headquartered in Washington, DC, the Arca Foundation supports innovative and strategic efforts that work to advance equity, accountability, social justice and participatory democracy in the U.S. and abroad.
Founded in 1992, As You Sow is a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing corporate environmental and social responsibility. Headquartered in San Francisco, As You Sow has engaged in corporate dialogue, shareholder advocacy, grant making and innovative legal strategies, resulting in positive and continued impact to the environment.
Headquartered in Seattle, Wash., the Basel Action Network (BAN) is a non-governmental organization whose mission is to prevent the globalization of the toxic chemical crisis. BAN works both domestically in the USA as well as globally, with particular focus in Europe and Asia.
Founded in 2002, Boston Common Asset Management is an investment manager specializing in sustainable and responsible equity and balanced strategies. Headquartered in Boston, Boston Common Asset Management manages U.S. and international portfolios while also urging portfolio companies to improve transparency, accountability and attention to environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues.
The California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) is the nation’s largest public pension fund. It administers retirement benefits for more than 1.6 million active and retired state, public school and local public employees and their families. CalPERS joined the Ceres Coalition in 2010.
The California State Controller's Office is the chief fiscal officer of California, the eighth-largest economy in the world. Elected every four years, the Controller ensures that the state’s budget is spent properly, helps administer two of the nation's largest public pension funds and serves on 78 state boards and commissions.
The California State Teachers´ Retirement System (CalSTRS) is the second largest public pension fund in the U.S. It administers retirement, disability and survivor benefits for California's 852,000 public school educators and their families from the state's 1,600 school districts, county offices of education and community college districts.
The California State Treasurer's Office is responsible for the state's investment and finance, and is currently led by Treasurer Bill Lockyear.
Founded in 1976 and headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Calvert Asset Management Company, Inc. offers investors among the widest choice of socially responsible investing (SRI) strategies of any investment management company in the U.S. Calvert serves individual and institutional investors as well as professional financial advisors nationwide.
Carbonfund.org is a nonprofit carbon reduction and climate solutions organization, providing individuals, businesses and organizations with tools to reduce their climate impact by supporting third-party validated renewable energy, energy efficiency and reforestation projects. Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Carbonfund.org has more than 600,000 individual supporters and works with more than 1,800 business and nonprofit partners.
Founded in 1962, Catalyst is the leading nonprofit organization expanding opportunities for women and business. With operations in the United States, Canada, Europe, India, Australia, and Japan, and more than 800 member organizations, Catalyst is the trusted resource for research, information, and advice about women at work. Catalyst annually honors exemplary organizational initiatives that promote women's advancement with the Catalyst Award.
The Center for a New American Dream's mission is to help Americans consume responsibly to protect the environment, enhance quality of life and promote social justice. Headquartered in Charlottesville, Va., the center work with individuals, institutions, communities and businesses to conserve natural resources, counter the commercialization of our culture and promote positive changes in the way goods are produced and consumed.
Founded in 2003, the Center for Political Accountability (CPA) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to bringing transparency and accountability to corporate political spending. Working with more than 20 shareholder advocates, the CPA is the only group to directly engage companies to improve disclosure and oversight of their political spending.
Headquartered in San Francisco, the Center for Resource Solutions (CRS) is a national nonprofit that creates policy and market solutions to advance sustainable energy. CRS offers expert responses to climate change issue and builds policies and consumer-protection mechanisms in renewable energy, greenhouse gas reductions and energy efficiency that create sustained growth in national and international markets.
Founded in 1981, Christian Brothers Investment Services, Inc. (CBIS) is a leader in Catholic socially responsible investing for more than 1,000 Catholic institutions worldwide, including dioceses, religious institutes, educational institutions and health care organizations. Headquartered in New York, CBIS strives to integrate faith-based values into the investment process through a disciplined approach to socially responsible investing that includes principled purchasing (stock screens), active ownership strategies (proxy voting, dialogues, and shareholder resolutions) and community investment.
Clean Production Actions designs and delivers solutions for green chemicals, sustainable materials and environmentally preferable products. We network with NGOs, governments and businesses to develop pragmatic tools and strategies that advance a healthy economy, healthy environment and healthy people.
The Climate Action Reserve is a national offsets program working to ensure integrity, transparency and financial value in the U.S. carbon market. It does this by establishing regulatory-quality standards for the development, quantification and verification of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction projects in North America; issuing carbon offset credits known as Climate Reserve Tonnes (CRT) generated from such projects; and tracking the transaction of credits over time in a transparent, publicly-accessible system. Adherence to the Reserve’s high standards ensures that emissions reductions associated with projects are real, permanent and additional, thereby instilling confidence in the environmental benefit, credibility and efficiency of the U.S. carbon market.
Founded in 1998 in Olympia, Wash., Climate Solutions works to accelerate practical and profitable solutions to global warming by galvanizing leadership, growing investment and bridging divides. Operating in three Northwest states, Climate Solutions' efforts include educating key communities to drive investment toward a clean energy system as well as accelerating rural economic development in the Northwest through clean energy development.
Founded in 1977, Coastal Enterprises of Maine is an expert in rural business development and financing. Headquartered in Wiscasset, Maine, Coastal Enterprises of Maine develops job-creating natural resources and small business ventures in rural regions of Maine, and has grown to serve all of Maine, its primary market, and areas of northern New England and upstate New York. It does its work by lending to and investing in small- and medium-sized businesses, and providing business support and technical counseling services to those who need them.
Founded in 1978, Communities for a Better Environment (CBE) is a social justice organization headquartered in Oakland, Calif. CBE works in urban communities in Northern and Southern California among low-income African Americans, Latinos and other nationalities who are bombarded by pollution from freeways, power plants, oil refineries, seaports, airports and chemical manufacturers. As a result, these residents suffer from high rates of asthma and respiratory illnesses, heart problems, cancer, low birthrate and miscarriages. CBE combats these problems by providing community residents who want to challenge corporate polluters with organizing help, scientific and policy research and legal assistance.
The Connecticut Office of State Treasurer's mission is to serve as the premier Treasurer's Office in the nation through effective management of public resources, high standards of professionalism and integrity and expansion of opportunity for the citizens and businesses of Connecticut. The Office of the Treasurer includes an executive office as well as five distinct divisions, each with specific responsibilities: cash management, debt management, second injury fund, pension fund management division and unclaimed property division. In 2006, legislation was passed that reaffirms the Treasurer’s authority to divest from companies with business ties to the government of Sudan.
Founded in 1987, Conservation International (CI) seeks to ensure the health of humanity by protecting Earth's ecosystems and biodiversity. Headquartered in Arlington, Va., CI’s work focuses on six key initiatives: climate, food security, freshwater security, health, cultural services and species contribution. It partners with local non-governmental organizations and indigenous peoples, and works in more than 45 countries, primarily in developing countries such as Africa and Madagascar, Asia-Pacific and the Central and South American rainforests.
Founded in 1991, The Container Recycling Institute (CRI) studies and promotes policies and programs that increase recovery and recycling of beverage containers, and shift the social and environmental costs associated with manufacturing, recycling and disposal of container and packaging waste from government and taxpayers to producers and consumers. Headquartered in Culver City, Calif., CRI plays a vital role in educating policy makers, government officials and the general public regarding the social and environmental impacts of the production and disposal of no-deposit, no-return beverage containers and the need for producers to take responsibility for their wasteful packaging.
Dogwood Alliance, a non-profit organization based in Asheville, North Carolina protects the forests of the Southern United States, the largest pulp and paper producing region in the world by bringing attention to both damaging practices and new solutions in sustainable forestry. Dogwood Alliance uses targeted campaigns, thought leadership and direct engagement with industry leaders to put innovative business solutions to work that result in more protected forests. Dogwood Alliance is also leading the Carbon Canopy project that is building a new paradigm for landowners, one in which they profit from improving forest management practices that protect our climate, water and biodiversity through the emerging market for eco-system services. Over the past 15 years, the efforts of the Alliance have resulted in increased protection of more than 90 million acres of Southern forests.
The Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society of the Protestant Episcopal Church pools its members together to advocate for solutions to a variety of pressing issues, including domestic poverty, environmental protection and global justice. Some of its work revolves around improving access to healthy food in poor and minority communities - the same communities that are often most negatively impacted by ecological degradation.
Founded in 1990 and headquartered in Pawtucket, RI, Domini Social Investments is a woman-owned and -managed company. It specializes exclusively in managing funds for individual and institutional investors who wish to integrate social and environmental standards into their investment decisions.
Founded in 1970 and headquartered in Washington, DC, Earth Day Network promotes environmental activism and year-round progressive action, domestically and internationally. Earth Day Network members include NGOs, quasi-governmental agencies, local governments, activists and others. Earth Day Network members focus on environmental education; local, national, and global policies; public environmental campaigns; and organizing national and local earth day events to promote activism and environmental protection.
Earth Economics is a non-profit located in Tacoma, Washington, dedicated to researching and applying the economic solutions of tomorrow, today. Since 1998, Earth Economics has provided robust, science-based economic analysis, policy recommendations and tools to positively transform regional, national and international economics and asset accounting systems.
Founded in 1982 by legendary environmentalist David R. Brower, Earth Island Institute is a non-profit, public interest, membership organization that supports people who are creating solutions to protect our shared planet. Headquartered in Berkeley, Calif., Earth Island Institute is a hub for grassroots campaigns dedicated to conserving, preserving, and restoring the ecosystems on which our civilization depends.
Founded in 1967, the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) is a non-profit environmental advocacy group known for its work on issues including global warming, ecosystem restoration, oceans and human health. Headquartered in New York, EDF advocates market-based solutions to environmental problems.
Founded in 1993, the Environmental League of Massachusetts (ELM) is a non-profit educational and advocacy organization focused on environmental advocacy and strengthening the voice and effectiveness of the environmental community. Headquartered in Boston, ELM advocates for strong environmental laws and regulations on a broad range of environmental issues, voices the concerns of citizens, ensures that laws are properly implemented and enforced and educates the public on key issues.
Founded in 1989, the Episcopal Ecological Network (EpEN) is a nationwide network within the U.S. Episcopal Church. Headquartered in Eveleth, Minn., EpEN educates, encourages and facilitates congregations, dioceses, provinces and the U.S. Episcopal Church toward local, regional, national and international activities for the stewardship of Earth.
Headquartered in Portland, Ore., Equilibrium Capital Group is a holding company building a portfolio of operating companies managing assets in key sustainability sectors. Founded in 2007, Equilibrium Capital firmly believes that financial innovation is a key catalyst to the scaling of sustainability solutions and impact.
Headquartered in London, Experts in Responsible Investment Solutions (EIRIS) is a leading global provider of independent research into the environmental, social, governance (ESG) and ethical performance of companies. An independent, not-for-profit organization, it works to help its clients develop the market in ways that benefit investors, asset managers and the wider world. With more than 25 years of experience, EIRIS now provides responsible investment services to more than 100 asset owners, asset managers, banks, stock brokers and governments around the world, as well as major index providers.
Founded in 1988 and headquartered in Chicago, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) is a community of faith that shares a passion for making positive changes in the world. ELCA mobilizes its members to respond to world crises, including rebuilding homes destroyed by hurricanes on the Gulf Coast or the tsunami in Indonesia, as well as supporting people who live with chronic hunger and poverty around the corner and around the world.
The Fair Trade Foundation was launched in 1988 by Paul Freundlich, the former executive director of Co-op America, to explore opportunities for a more community-based, socially and environmentally responsible economy. Its first major project was to improve access to U.S. markets for cooperatives and cottage industries in emerging nations. In the early 90s, the focus of the foundation turned to healthcare, and access for the uninsured. Since 1992, the Fair Trade Foundation has produced a series of videos on issues of sustainability.
Since 1988, First Affirmative Financial Network LLC has managed investment portfolios for socially conscious investors. From it’s headquarters in Colorado Springs, Colo., First Affirmative directs investment capital toward businesses that offer solutions to some of the world's most pressing environmental and social challenges. First Affirmative helps clients invest in companies that contribute to a clean, healthy environment, treat people fairly, embrace equal opportunity, produce safe and useful products and support efforts to promote a more peaceful world. It currently manages $700 million in assets.
Founded in 1943, the Florida State Board of Administration (FSBA) manages, invests and safeguards assets of the Florida Retirement System Trust Fund and other funds for the State of Florida and local governments.
The Forest Footprint Disclosure Project is a new United Kingdom government-supported initiative, created to help investors identify how an organization's activities and supply chains contribute to deforestation, and link this 'forest footprint' to its value. Participating companies are asked to disclose how their operations and supply chains are impacting forests worldwide, and what is being done to manage those impacts responsibly. They will also gain a better understanding of their own environmental dependencies, and how the changing climate and new regulatory frameworks could affect access to resources and the cost of doing business in the long term.
The disclosure information will be reported annually, enabling investors to identify the sustainable businesses of the future as well possible risks related to a company’s forest footprint.
Founded in 1969, Friends of the Earth is an international network of environmental organizations in 76 countries. Headquartered in Washington, DC, Friends of the Earth considers environmental issues in their social, political and human rights contexts. Its campaigns stretch beyond the traditional arena of the conservation movement and seek to address the economic and development aspects of sustainability.
Global Footprint Network is an international think tank working to drive informed, sustainable policy decisions in a world of limited resources. Together with its partners, Global Footprint Network coordinates research, develops methodological standards, and provides decision-makers with a menu of tools to help the human economy operate within Earth’s ecological limits.
Founded in 1993 by activist and philanthropist Diane Meyer Simon, Global Green USA is the American arm of Green Cross International (GCI), created by former President of the Soviet Union Mikhail S. Gorbachev to foster a global value shift toward a sustainable and secure future by reconnecting humanity with the environment. Headquartered in Southern California, Global Green USA’s work is primarily focused on fighting global climate change through its green affordable housing initiatives, National Green Schools Initiative, national and regional green building policies, advocacy and education.
Founded in 1982 and headquartered in Washington, DC, Green America is a not-for-profit membership organization with a mission to harness economic power – the strength of consumers, investors, businesses and the marketplace – to create a socially just and environmentally sustainable society.
Headquartered in Boston, Green Century Capital Management is a family of environmentally responsible mutual funds. Green Century was founded by non-profit environmental advocacy organizations in 1991 and remains wholly owned by those organizations.
Founded in 1988, the Green Roundtable (GRT) is an independent non-profit organization dedicated to mainstreaming green, healthy, efficient and intentional building and development. Headquartered in Boston, GRT promotes and supports its mission through education, policy advocacy, strategic outreach and technical assistance, while recognizing that all of its constituents are fellow agents of change. Its goal is to advance the state-of-the-art until all infrastructure, buildings and communities are designed, constructed and managed sustainably.
Founded in 1989, Green Seal develops life cycle-based sustainability standards for products, services and companies and offers third-party certification for those that meet the criteria in the standard. Headquartered in Washington, DC, Green Seal has been actively identifying and promoting sustainability in the marketplace, and helping organizations be greener in a real and effective way.
Founded in 2001, Green@work Magazine is the essential magazine for the business world's growing embrace of sustainability. It covers corporate responsibility from a positive point of view, relating best practices and demonstrating the growing business case for green strategies.
Founded in 2002 and headquartered in Charlottesville, Va., the GreenBlue Institute is the only U.S. environmental nonprofit focused solely on guiding business and industry toward sustainable design and production. Through projects in various industry sectors, the institute has earned a reputation for its scientific credibility and technical expertise in helping businesses implement sustainability solutions and innovations. Current projects include: the Sustainable Packaging Coalition, a working group of leading companies across the packaging supply chain recognized as the leading voice on packaging sustainability; Metafore, which implements innovations related to evaluating, selecting and manufacturing environmentally preferable wood and paper products; and CleanGredients, a chemicals database that helps companies identify environmentally preferable chemicals for use in consumer products.
For more than twenty five years, Harrington Investments, Inc. has been a leader in socially responsible investing and shareholder advocacy. Its mission is to provide highly personalized asset management services that reflect a commitment to superior financial results, while investing in companies committed to positive environmental, ethical and social change.
Founded in 1954, the Humane Society of the United States is the nation's largest animal protection organization, backed by 11 million Americans. Headquartered in Washington, DC, it works to reduce suffering and improve the lives of all animals by advocating for better laws; investigating animal cruelty; encouraging corporations to adopt animal-friendly policies; conducting animal rescue and emergency response; and providing direct care for thousands of animals at it’s sanctuaries, emergency shelters, wildlife rehabilitation centers and mobile veterinary clinics.
The Illinois State Board of Investment has fiduciary responsibility for managing the pension assets of the General Assembly Retirement System, the Judges' Retirement System of Illinois and the State Employees' Retirement System of Illinois.
Founded in 1999, the Institute for Environmental Entrepreneurship (IEE) convenes experts and activists, and facilitates and conducts research and analysis on integrating the triple bottom line. It created the GreenMBA program, which is now housed at the Dominican University in San Rafael, CA. In 2009, it developed the Sustainable Enterprise Cluster in Berkeley, and is currently in the process of developing Meta Sustainability, a platform for leaders in business, investment and public policy to engage with academics and scientists for structured, rigorous and productive exchanges on sustainability practice.
ISC’s mission is to help communities around the world address environmental, economic, and social challenges to build a better future shaped and shared by all. Their approach ensures solutions emerge from within the community, rather than being imposed from the outside. By combining technical expertise and leadership training with strategic investments in local organizations, ISC seeks to spark creative solutions and lasting change.
The Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR) began in 1971 when representatives from a number of Protestant denominations joined together to challenge the role of banks and companies in Apartheid South Africa. Through the lens of faith, ICCR builds a more just and sustainable world by integrating social values into corporate and investor actions. For nearly four decades, ICCR has merged social and environmental values with investment decisions, believing as long-term investors, one must achieve more than an acceptable financial return.
Founded in 1988 and headquartered in Washington, DC, the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and protecting the nighttime environment and the heritage of dark skies through quality outdoor lighting. Although light pollution and sky glow caused by over-illumination have lowered limiting magnitude of observable stars in the night sky since the 1950s or earlier, IDA was the first organization in the dark-sky movement, devoted to combating all forms of photopollution.
Founded in 2000, IW Financial is a leading provider of environmental, social and governance (ESG) research, consulting and portfolio management solutions for asset management firms, managed accounts sponsors, institutional investors, plan sponsors and investment advisors. Headquartered in Portland, Maine, the firm's expertise positions clients to benefit from two of the major trends shaping the financial services industry today: demand for issues-based stock screening, and growing interest in highly customized investment portfolios that reflect the values of an institution or an individual. With its unique combination of industry expertise, unbiased research and patented technology solutions, IW Financial helps industry professionals capitalize on these trends by incorporating ESG factors into investment platforms, products and portfolios, adding value to the money management process while strengthening client relationships.
Founded in 1947, the Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation is a funding and grant-making organization that promotes and funds progressive organizations. Headquartered in New York, its funding priorities are protecting the health and environment of communities threatened by toxics, advancing environmental justice, promoting a sustainable agricultural and food system, ensuring quality reproductive health care as a human right and fostering an environmentally sustainable New York City.
Keep America Beautiful is the nation’s leading nonprofit that brings people together to build and sustain vibrant communities. With our national network of community-based affiliates, we work with millions of volunteers who take action in their communities to transform public spaces into beautiful places. Through our programs and public-private partnerships, we engage individuals to take greater responsibility for improving their community’s environment.
The Labor Network for Sustainability (LNS) is dedicated to engaging trade unions, workers and our allies to support economic, social and environmental sustainability. LNS provides a community for those in the labor and sustainability movements and their allies who care about economic justice, ecology and equality. Its members are helping labor become a force for advancing worker interests – while advancing the broader social good.
Founded in 1997, Leonardo Academy is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing sustainability by leveraging innovative tools and information to motivate the competitive market. Headquartered in Madison, Wis., Leonardo Academy utilizes an interdisciplinary approach to sustainability strategies, education and implementation, striving to make sustainability practical for everyone.
The Maryland State Retirement and Pension System (SRPS) administers death, disability and retirement benefits on behalf of more than 350,000 members. These include active and former state employees, teachers, state police, judges, law enforcement officers, correctional officers and legislators. Multiple employers define SRPS, with more than 100 local governmental agencies voluntarily participating.
The Maryland State Treasurer is responsible for the prudent management and protection of state funds and property.
Headquartered in Lincoln, MA, Mass Audubon works to protect the nature of Massachusetts for people and wildlife. Together with more than 100,000 members, it cares for 35,000 acres of conservation land, provide school, camp, and other educational programs for 225,000 children and adults annually, and advocates for sound environmental policies at local, state, and federal levels. Each year, its statewide network of wildlife sanctuaries welcomes nearly half a million visitors of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds and serves as the base for their work.
Headquartered in Boston, Mass Energy is a non-profit organization advocating and acting in the marketplace on behalf of consumers and the environment. Its discount heating oil program has operated since 1982. It also offer renewable energy options, such as New England GreenStart and the New England Wind Fund. Mass Energy’s charitable programs benefit low-income households and other nonprofit organizations.
Mercy Investment Services is the socially responsible asset management program for the Sisters of Mercy and its ministries. Its program incorporates a multifaceted approach to socially responsible investing that includes corporate engagement, proxy voting, portfolio screening and community investments.
Headquartered in Woodstock, NY, Miller/Howard Investments is a boutique investment management firm with more than two decades of experience managing portfolios for major institutions, mutual funds and individuals in disciplined investment strategies. Founded in 1984, the firm works with consultants and investors nationwide to provide long-term wealth building and income-generating solutions.
The Model Forest Policy Program (MFPP) is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to forest stewardship and sustainable forestry practices by private forestland owners.
Founded in 1976, MACED is a community development financial institution (CDFI) based in Berea, Kentucky. MACED works to build a stronger, more diversified economy in eastern Kentucky and Central Appalachia. The organization lends close to $2 million annually and also implements demonstration projects that inform public policy for the benefit of people, land, air and water. Programs include the Appalachian Carbon Partnership, which makes the sale of Appalachian Forest Offsets possible for small acreage landowners engaged in responsible forest management, as well as How$martKY a residential, on-bill financing program.
Founded in 1978, the National Recycling Coalition (NRC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing and improving waste reduction, recycling, composting and reuse in the U.S. Headquartered in Washington, DC, the NRC has over 4,500 members, including recycling and environmental organizations, large and small businesses, individuals and federal, state and local governments. NRC provides technical information, education, training, outreach and support to its members. It also educates and informs the public on selected recycling issues, shapes public and private policy on recycling and operates programs that encourage recycling markets and economic development.
Founded in 1936, the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) is the United States' largest private, nonprofit conservation education and advocacy organization, with more than four million members and supporters, and 47 state and territorial affiliated organizations. Headquartered in Reston, Va., the NWF strives to remain a national network of like-minded state and territorial groups, seeking balanced, common sense solutions to environmental problems that work for wildlife and people. Its long-term mission is to inspire Americans to protect wildlife for our children's future.
Founded in 1970, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is a non-profit, non-partisan international environmental advocacy group. Headquartered in New York City, NRDC currently has 1.3 million members, online activists nationwide and a staff of more than 300 scientists, attorneys and other specialists. It works to solve the most pressing environmental issues we face today: curbing global warming, getting toxic chemicals out of the environment, moving America beyond oil, reviving our oceans, saving wildlife and wild places and helping China go green.
Founded in 1982, New Alternatives Fund is a socially responsible mutual fund emphasizing alternative energy and the environment. Headquartered in Melville, NY, New Alternatives Fund seeks investments in listed companies that have a positive impact on the environment.
The New York City Office of the Comptroller serves as the investment advisor to, custodian and trustee of the New York City Pension Funds. The New York City Pension Funds are comprised of the New York City Employees’ Retirement System, Teachers’ Retirement System, New York City Police Pension Fund, New York City Fire Department Pension Fund and the Board of Education Retirement System.
The New York State Comptroller administers the New York State and Local Retirement System for public employees, with more than one million members, retirees and beneficiaries and more than 3,000 employers, among other duties.
Founded in 1921 by the New York State Legislature, the New York State Teachers' Retirement System (NYSTRS) is the second-largest public retirement system in the state and one of the 10-largest systems in the nation. Headquartered in Albany, NY, It serves nearly 286,000 active members and more than 141,000 retirees and beneficiaries. Eligible retirees are guaranteed a monthly benefit payment for life.
Founded in 1978 by Dr. Lawrence Zeleny, the North American Bluebird Society is a non-profit education, conservation and research organization that promotes the recovery of bluebirds and other native cavity-nesting bird species in North America. Its headquarters are in Bloomington, Indiana.
The North Carolina Department of the State Treasurer serves the people of North Carolina through a variety of functions related to the financial health of the state and its citizenry. The State Treasurer serves as the state’s banker and chief investment officer.
The Northeast Recycling Council (NERC) is a regional and national non-profit organization that works to promote sustainable materials management by supporting traditional and innovative solid waste best practices, focusing on waste prevention, toxics reduction, reuse, recycling, organics recovery, and environmentally preferable purchasing. NERC achieves this through research, hands-on projects, training, and outreach. It promotes public/private sector dialogue and collaboration as a key strategy for forward movement and success. Its members are both public and private sector, and include state agencies, trade association, manufacturers, regional and local governments, and recyclers
Oxfam America is an international relief and development organization that creates lasting solutions to poverty, hunger and injustice. Together with individuals and local groups in more than 90 countries, Oxfam saves lives, helps people overcome poverty and fights for social justice. It is one of the 15 affiliates in the international confederation, Oxfam. Headquartered in Boston, Oxfam America campaigns for climate change adaptation, food security, aid reform, access to medicines and fair trade.
Founded in 1984, Parnassus Investments is an independent and employee-owned investment management company. Headquartered in San Francisco, the ﬁrm seeks to invest in businesses that have sustainable competitive advantages, increasingly relevant products or services, quality management teams and ethical business practices.
Founded in 1971 and headquartered in Portsmouth, NH, Pax World Management Corp. is a recognized leader in the field of sustainable investing – the full integration of environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors into investment analysis and decision-making. By supplementing traditional financial analysis with equally rigorous ESG analysis, Pax World Management Corp. takes into consideration factors other investment managers often ignore – environmental responsibility, safety management, corporate governance and other factors that can have a material effect on share price performance.
Founded in 1939, the Pennsylvania Resources Council is one of the Commonwealth's oldest citizen action environmental organizations. Recognized as a state and national leader in waste reduction and recycling, PRC’s work focuses on litter and visual blight prevention, watershed awareness and composting. The strength of PRC's programs is derived from its continuing efforts to bring people, businesses, and government together to prevent and solve environmental problems.
Founded in 1998, PLANETWORK explores how the creative application of digital tools – visualization technologies, software and the Internet, among others – can open new possibilities for positive global change. Headquartered in San Francisco, PLANETWORK operates as a convening organization, gathering people from a wide variety of disciplines and vocations – science, technology, activism, business and the arts. It creates international forums where people from distinctly different backgrounds can meet, find common ground, inspire each other and wrestle with and envision answers to solving some of our most pressing global issues.
Praxis Mutual Funds is an investment arm of Everence (formerly MMA and Mennonite Financial), established in 1945 by the Mennonite Church, which helps individuals, organizations and congregations integrate finances with faith through a national team of advisors and representatives. Everence offers banking, insurance and financial services with community benefits and stewardship education.
The Presbyterian Church (USA) is a major Protestant denomination with over 2.3 million members, and has been active in socially responsible investing for 35 years.
Founded in 1987, Progressive Asset Management, Inc. (PAM) is the first independent full-service investment brokerage in the U.S. to specialize in socially responsible investing. Headquartered in Oakland, Calif., PAM has used it’s ownership in public companies as a powerful vehicle for economic, social and environmental transformation.
Headquartered in San Francisco with office staff in Tokyo, Rainforest Action Network runs hard-hitting campaigns to break North America’s fossil fuels addiction, protect endangered forests and Indigenous rights and stop destructive investments around the world through education, grassroots organizing and non-violent direct action.
Founded in 1986, the Rainforest Alliance uses the power of markets to arrest the major drivers of deforestation and environmental destruction: timber extraction, agricultural expansion, cattle ranching and tourism. The Rainforest Alliance work to ensure millions of acres of working forests, farms, ranchlands and hotel properties are managed according to rigorous sustainability standards. And by linking those businesses to conscientious consumers, who identify their goods and services through the Rainforest Alliance Certified™ seal and Rainforest Alliance Verified™ mark, The Rainforest Alliance demonstrate that sustainable practices can help businesses thrive in the modern economy.
Founded in 1985, the Resource Renewal Institute facilitates the creation, development and implementation of practical strategies to solve environmental problems in a comprehensive framework. Headquartered in Mill Valley, Calif., the Resource Renewal Institute strives to catalyze long-term environmental change through comprehensive management strategies. With programs focusing on land, water, biodiversity, human health, and climate change, RRI implements best practices from around the world.
Founded in 1988, the River Network’s mission is to empower and unite people and communities to protect and restore rivers and other waters that sustain the health of our country. The River Network is a leading national watershed protection movement that includes nearly 2,000 state, regional and local grassroots organizations whose primary mission is to protect rivers and watersheds. River Network’s staff is headquartered in Portland, Ore., with field offices in Vermont, Maryland, North Carolina, Wisconsin, Utah and Idaho.
Headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, RobecoSAM USA, Inc. is an investment group focused exclusively on sustainable investing. Established in 1995, the firm’s offering comprises asset management, indexes and private equity. Its asset management capabilities include a range of single-theme, multi-theme and core sustainability investment strategies catering to institutional asset owners and financial intermediaries in Europe, the U.S., Asia-Pacific and the Middle East. Through its index activities, RobecoSAM has partnered with Dow Jones Indexes for the publication and licensing of the globally recognized Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes (DJSI) as well as customized sustainability benchmarks. Furthermore, RobecoSAM is the center of expertise for cleantech private equity within Robeco.
For the past 25 years, Rockefeller Asset Management has internally managed global equity and fixed-income strategies that have demonstrated strong performance over the long term. The firm manages a number of investment strategies, including socially responsive equity and global equity, structured as separately managed accounts and private investment vehicles. Rockefeller Asset Management's parent company, Rockefeller Financial, was established in 1882 and is a leading investment and wealth-management firm based in New York.
Founded in 1982, the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) is an independent, entrepreneurial nonprofit think-and-do tank™ that drives the efficient and restorative use of resources. Headquartered in Boulder, Colo., RMI is engaged in research that addresses pragmatic designs, practices and policies, not social theories or laboratory experiments. RMI works on all parts of the solution process - idea, strategy and implementation - in the high impact areas of energy, mobility and vehicle efficiency, energy resource use, security and the built environment.
Founded in 1992, the Rose Foundation is a grant-making public charity dedicated to supporting community and environmental initiatives. Headquartered in Oakland, Calif., the foundation is dedicated to the memory of Rose Ratner, whose wit, wisdom and commitment were forged in the neighborhoods of Chicago over the course of 50 years of community activism. Inspired by Rose, the foundation believes that environmental stewardship, community regeneration, consumer protection, robust civic participation and a healthy economy are all inextricably linked.
Sentinel Investments, a world-class assets management company, began in 1934, when its flagship Sentinel Common Stock Fund was launched in Montpelier, Vt. Since that time, Sentinel Investments' assets under management have grown to more than $18 billion in mutual funds and institutional accounts.
With 2.2 million members in Canada, the U.S. and Puerto Rico, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is the fastest-growing union in the Americas. Focused on uniting workers in healthcare, public services and property services, SEIU members are winning better wages, healthcare and more secure jobs for our communities, while uniting their strength with their counterparts around the world to help ensure that workers - not just corporations and CEOs - benefit from today's global economy.
Founded in 1966, the Sheet Metal Workers’ National Pension Fund is a defined benefit pension fund. As a defined benefit plan, all Fund assets are held in one trust for the benefit of all participants. Headquartered in Alexandria, Va., NPF is funded entirely by employer contributions and earnings on investments.
Founded in 1886 as a model agricultural estate, Shelburne Farms is a membership-supported, non-profit, serving as an environmental education center, 1,400-acre working farm and National Historic Landmark on the shores of Lake Champlain in Shelburne, Vt. Shelburne Farms mission is to cultivate a conservation ethic for a sustainable future. To pursue that mission, Shelburne Farms practices rural land uses that are environmentally, economically and culturally sustainable. Its nearly 400 acres of woodlands are Green Certified from the American Tree Farm System.
Founded in 1892 in San Francisco, the Sierra Club is the oldest, largest grassroots environmental organization in the U.S. The Sierra Club's mission is to explore, enjoy and protect the wild places of the earth; to practice and promote the responsible use of the earth's ecosystems and resources; to educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment; and to use all lawful means to carry out these objectives.
SJF Ventures is a venture capital partnership with offices in Durham, NC, New York and San Francisco. Through its investment funds, the firm provides equity financings from $1 million to $10 million, solo or in syndicates, to companies seeking expansion capital. As a venture fund, SJF Ventures focuses on the cleantech, business and Web-enhanced services, and premium consumer products sectors. Representative investment areas include renewable energy and efficiency, recycling, grid and infrastructure technologies, organic and healthy consumer products, digital media and marketing services and outsourced business services.
Founded in 1997, Social Accountability International (SAI) is a non-governmental, multi-stakeholder organization whose mission is to advance the human rights of workers around the world. Headquartered in New York, SAI partners to advance the human rights of workers and to eliminate sweatshops by promoting ethical working conditions, labor rights, corporate social responsibility and social dialogue.
The Social Responsibility Investment Group is an independent, fee only, money management firm founded by Hugh J. Kelley in 1986. A portfolio manager since 1979, Kelley has had a lifelong commitment to social issues. As Chief Investment Officer, he has made all of the investment decisions at the SRI Group since its inception. His decisions have always adhered to the principles of social responsibility. The SRI Group offers a proven record of creating long term strategies for protecting asset and growing wealth while supporting socially responsible values.
Founded in 1990, the Solar Electric Light Fund’s (SELF) mission is to empower people in developing countries to rise from poverty using energy from the sun. Headquartered in Washington, DC, SELF believes that energy is a human right. To meet global challenges such as food and water scarcity, climate change and poverty, SELF is working to assign greater priority to the importance of sustainable energy among international development banks, aid agencies, foundations and philanthropic individuals who are committed to improving the health, education, and economic prospects of the world's poorest citizens.
Together with its funding partners and its grantees, the Solidago Foundation looks for opportunities to work for fundamental, transformational change, where people’s shared experiences and collective power will result in a better world for all. Founded in 1995 and headquartered in Northampton, Mass., the foundation often funds work less likely to receive support from traditional funding sources in the following four program areas: economic justice, environmental justice, electoral justice and global justice.
Founded in 1985, the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy advocates for federal, state and local climate policy solutions as well as renewable energy and energy efficiency programs and policies, such as solar, wind and sustainable bioenergy. Headquartered in Asheville, NC, the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy promotes clean fuels and vehicles, opposes nuclear and coal-fired power plant expansion and encourages the retirement of old, dirty, inefficient coal-fired power plants.
SRI World Group Inc. is a leading provider of social investing and corporate social responsibility information. Originally called SocialFunds.com, SRI World Group was founded in 1999 by Jay Falk, who felt social investment news was not being providec to individual investors. SRI World Group continues to grow, now providing institutional investors with news, research, consulting and other services at www.institutionalshareowner.com.
Founded in 2003, StartingBloc is a not-for-profit organization that educates, inspires and connects emerging leaders to drive social innovation across sectors. Headquartered in New York, Startingbloc’s signature leadership development program, the StartingBloc Fellowship, exposes young leaders to new models for achieving social impact. The StartingBloc community currently consists of 1350 Fellows representing 221 colleges and over 53 countries.
Headquartered in San Clemente, California, the Surfrider Foundation is a non-profit grassroots organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of our world’s oceans, waves and beaches. Founded in 1984 by a handful of visionary surfers in Malibu, California, the Surfrider Foundation now maintains more than 50,000 members and 90 chapters worldwide.
Founded in 1996, the Sustainable Business Alliance (SBA) is a membership organization for businesses committed to environmentally and socially responsible practices. Headquartered in Berkeley, California, the Sustainable Business Alliance supports a just and thriving green economy for the San Francisco Bay Area by promoting sustainable business practices, nurturing the environmentally committed business sector, advocating for progressive policies and programs that bolster the green economy, invigorating the local green economy and providing services to members, including networking and educational events.
Founded in 2002, Sustainable Travel International is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing education and outreach services that help travelers, travel providers and destinations support environmental conservation and protect cultural heritage while promoting cross-cultural understanding and economic development.
Founded in 1996 and headquartered in Huntington, NY, SustainableBusiness.com provides global news and networking services to help green business grow. Rather than covering a slice of the industry, SustainableBusiness.com offers visitors a unique lens on the field as a whole, covering all sectors that impact sustainability, such as renewable energy/efficiency, green building, green investing and organics.
Founded in 2008, Sustainalytics is a leading global provider of environmental, social and governance (ESG) research and analysis. Headquartered in Boston, Sustainalytics has nearly 20 years of experience in the responsible investment and socially responsible investment markets.
Founded in 1952 by Dorothy Bullitt, a prominent Seattle businesswoman and philanthropist, the Bullitt Foundation's mission is to safeguard the natural environment by promoting responsible human activities and sustainable communities in the Pacific Northwest. Its vision is to achieve a future that safeguards the vitality of natural ecosystems while accommodating a sustainable human population in healthy, vibrant, equitable and prosperous communities.
The Climate Registry was founded in 2007. Based in Los Angeles, California, The Climate Registry sets standards to calculate, verify and publicly report greenhouse gas emissions into a single registry. The organization supports both voluntary and mandatory reporting programs and provides comprehensive, accurate data to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Founded in 1997, the Climate Trust is a mission-driven nonprofit that specializes in climate solutions for governments, utilities and large businesses. Headquartered in Portland, Ore., The Climate Trust provides carbon offsets, customized voluntary offset programs and climate consulting services. It applies this market experience to the development of sound climate policy.
The Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education ensures the viability of sustainable communities by leveraging changes in K-12 school systems to prepare young people for the shift toward a sustainable future. Headquartered in New York, the Cloud Institute focuses its work around Education for Sustainability (EfS), a transformative learning process that equips students, teachers and school systems with the new knowledge and ways of thinking we need to achieve economic prosperity and responsible citizenship while restoring the health of the living systems upon which our lives depend.
Established in 2003 by WWF, The Gold Standard Foundation is a Swiss based organization that operates "The Gold Standard", a certification standard for carbon mitigation projects that is recognised internationally in both the compliance and voluntary carbon markets. The organization certifies renewable energy, energy efficiency, waste management and land use & forestry projects to ensure that they all demonstrate greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions and sustainable development benefits in local communities that are measured, reported and verified. The Gold Standard is endorsed by many public and private constituencies for carbon mitigation and sustainable development projects.
Founded in 1989 by Dr. Karl-Henrik Robèrt in Sweden, The Natural Step is a non-profit organization with a vision of creating a sustainable society. The Natural Step has been at the forefront of international research and dialogue about sustainable development. It has also developed a proven, science-based model that helps communities and businesses better understand and integrate environmental, social and economic considerations into their everyday lives.
Headquartered in Boston, the Loring, Wolcott & Coolidge Office is a multifamily office dedicated to earning its clients' trust by providing solutions that address their diverse wealth management needs. More than 20 years ago, Loring, Wolcott & Coolidge launched its socially responsible investment practice, now called the Sustainability Group, which integrates sustainability issues with traditional analysis, enabling its clients to join the growing number of investors seeking to invest in companies that do business in a way that values people and the planet, as well as profits.
The TRI-State Coalition for Responsible Investment (CRI) is an alliance of Roman Catholic institutional investors primarily located throughout the New York metropolitan area. Its members utilize their power as shareholders to hold corporations accountable to social and environmental concerns. CRI is the largest regional member of the Interfaith Center for Corporate Responsibility (ICCR) and for more than 35 years has been successfully working with its colleagues, which include denominations, rabbinical pension funds, foundations and public and private pension funds, on various campaigns to bring justice to the world.
Founded in 1982, Trillium Asset Management (Trillium) is the oldest independent investment advisor devoted exclusively to sustainable and responsible investing (SRI). Trillium integrates Environmental, Social, and Governance factors into the investment process as a way to identify the companies best positioned to deliver strong long-term performance. The firm leverages the power of stock ownership to promote social and environmental change while providing both impact and performance to investors.
Over the last 10 years, Trucost has researched, standardized and validated the world's most comprehensive data on corporate environmental impacts, including carbon, water, waste and pollutants. Trucost data enables organizations to identify, measure and manage the environmental risk associated with their operations, supply chains and investment portfolios. Key to its approach is that Trucost not only quantifies environmental risks, but it also puts a price on them, helping organizations understand environmental risk in business terms.
Founded in 1993, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is a non-profit organization committed to a prosperous and sustainable future for our nation through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. Headquartered in Washington, DC, USGBC mobilizes a diverse constituency of builders, environmentalists, corporations, non-profit organizations, elected officials, concerned citizens, teachers and students to promote buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to live and work. To achieve this, USGBC has developed a variety of programs and services, and works closely with key industry, research organizations and federal, state and local government agencies. At the end of February 2010, USGBC had more than 18,500 member organizations from every sector of the building industry.
Founded in 1969, the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) is the leading science-based nonprofit working for a healthy environment and a safer world. Headquartered in Cambridge, Mass., UCS combines independent scientific research and citizen action to develop innovative, practical solutions and to secure responsible changes in government policy, corporate practices and consumer choices. It boasts an alliance of more than 250,000 citizens and scientists. Its members are people from all walks of life: parents and businesspeople, biologists and physicists, teachers and students.
Headquartered in Boston, the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) is a religious organization that combines two traditions: the Universalists, who organized in 1793, and the Unitarians, who organized in 1825.
Founded in 2004, UNITE HERE represents workers throughout the U.S. and Canada who work in the hotel, gaming, food service, manufacturing, textile, distribution, laundry and airport industries. Headquartered in New York, UNITE HERE boasts a diverse membership, comprising workers from many immigrant communities as well as high percentages of African-American, Latino and Asian-American workers. The majority of UNITE HERE members are women. Through organizing, UNITE HERE members have made apparel jobs in the South, hotel housekeeping jobs in cities across North America and hundreds of thousands of other traditionally low-wage jobs into good, family-sustaining, middle class jobs.
The General Board of Pension and Health Benefits is a not-for-profit administrative agency of The United Methodist Church, responsible for the general supervision and administration of the retirement, health and welfare benefit plans, programs and funds for more than 74,000 clergy and lay employees of the Church. The General Board is the largest faith-based pension fund in the U.S. and ranks among the top 100 pension funds in the country. As a socially responsible investor, the General Board is actively involved in shareholder advocacy, proxy voting, portfolio screening and community investing.
US SIF - The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment is the US membership association for professionals, firms, institutions and organizations engaged in sustainable and responsible investing. US SIF and its members advance investment practices that consider environmental, social and corporate governance criteria to generate long-term competitive financial returns and positive societal impact. Our vision is a world in which investment capital helps build a sustainable and equitable economy. US SIF's members include investment management and advisory firms, mutual fund companies, research firms, financial planners and advisors, broker-dealers, banks, credit unions, community development organizations, non-profit associations, and pension funds, foundations and other asset owners. US SIF is supported in its work by the US SIF Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization that undertakes educational, research and programmatic activities to advance the mission of US SIF.
UTZ Certified is one of the world’s largest programs and labels for sustainable farming of coffee, cocoa and tea. This nonprofit organization, established in 2002, enables farmers to learn better farming methods, improve working conditions and provide better care for their children and the earth’s natural resources. Coffee, cocoa and tea products do not get the UTZ label easily. Strict requirements on good agricultural practices and management, safe working conditions and protection of the environment are closely monitored by independent third parties. UTZ, meaning “good” in the Mayan language Quiché, works with some of the largest multinationals in coffee, cocoa and tea and provides traceability of its products throughout the supply chain. This way, consumers can be sure that their trusted product was grown and harvested sustainably.
The Vermont State Treasurer's Office is responsible for a wide range of administrative and service duties as prescribed by state statute, including investment of state funds, issuing all state bonds authorized by the General Assembly and serving as the central bank for state agencies, among other responsibilities.
Headquartered in Boston, Walden Asset Management has been a leader in socially responsive investing since 1975, managing clients' assets to meet both their unique financial and environmental, social and governance (ESG) objectives. Walden serves a unique community - investors who seek wise stewardship of their assets and positive social impact.
The Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC) promotes and certifies habitat conservation and management on corporate lands through partnerships and education. Since 1988, WHC programs translate corporate sustainability goals and objectives into tangible and measurable on-the-ground actions. Through a focus on building collaboration for conservation with corporate employees, other conservation organizations, government agencies and community members, WHC programs focus on healthy ecosystems and connected communities. WHC wildlife habitat and conservation education programs are found in 44 states, the District of Columbia and 13 countries.
World Resources Institute (WRI), a non profit organization established in 1982, focuses on the intersection of the environment and socio-economic development. WRI goes beyond research to put ideas into action, working in over 50 countries on aspects of global climate change, sustainable markets, ecosystem protection, and environmentally responsible governance .
Founded in 1961 by biologist Sir Julian Huxley, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) is the largest privately financed international conservation organization in the world. Headquartered in Washington, DC, WWF has more than five million members, affiliates in over 30 countries and projects in more than 100 countries. The organization’s mission is to protect endangered species and their habitats. It also works on policy engagement, education, advocacy and conservation science and finance.