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The importance of Rio + 20

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June 19, 2012

In 1992 the United Nations hosted the Earth Summit, a conference on the environment and development, in Rio de Janeiro.  Ten years later the World Summit on Sustainable Development was held in 2002 in Johannesburg.  Now, twenty years since the original conference, the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio…  

Categories: ecological limits, energy, environmental justice, greenhouse gas emissions, regulations

Bioneers in October

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June 7, 2012

Every year during the third weekend of October, I always know where I’ll be. This coming October will be my thirteenth consecutive year at Bioneers in San Rafael, CA. Portfolio 21 Investments has been sponsoring the conference since 1999. I’m mentioning it now because this is the time to make…  

Categories: company news, updates

Simplicity in a Complex World

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June 1, 2012

While attending the CFA Conference… in Chicago a couple of weeks ago, I got to listen to one of my favorite financial voices, James Montier of GMO.  In a conference heavy on academic presentations, it was refreshing to hear an investing practitioner hold forth.  Presenting his white paper, “The Flaws  

Categories: banking, corporate governance, fiduciary responsibility, finance, markets, risk

Valuing Natural Capital in the Urban Environment

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May 25, 2012

We here in Portland, Oregon have a reputation for being a little different.  Maybe not quite as different as we’re depicted in “Portlandia,” but we do tend to think “green” a bit more than the mainstream.  However, you may be surprised how many cities are considering natural capital investments as…  

Categories: ecosystem services, environmental health


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