Three presentations from the Sustainable, Responsible, Impact Investing Conference.

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Roadmap to a Truly Sustainable Future

For the first time, we all have a universal framework within which every company and every government of impact investing and innovation can concentrate the capital, the efforts, and the energy necessary to create a sustainable future. This creates an opportunity to deliver through the SDG framework a high functioning impact economy that serves human prosperity and planet with a goal of doing it by 2030.


Patsy Doerr, Jared Dubey, Sergio Fernandez de Cordova, Ron Garan, Priya Mathur, Amber Nystrom


SDGs 17 goals from UN offers a guiding light

  • Goal 1: End Poverty
  • Goal 2: End Hunger
  • Goal 3: Ensure Health and Well-being
  • Goal 4: Quality Education
  • Goal 5: Gender Equality
  • Goal 6: Clean Water and Sanitation
  • Goal 7: Affordable and Clean Energy
  • Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • Goal 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
  • Goal 10: Reduced Inequalities
  • Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production
  • Goal 13: Climate Action
  • Goal 14: Life Below Water
  • Goal 15: Life on Land
  • Goal 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • Goal 17: Partnerships for the GoalsSocial Development Goal

As fiduciary financial planners – if we care about our clients’ money, we have to care about the planet

Many money managers using ESG factors throughout their portfolios – women and millenials especially want ESG investing

Viva the Revolution! What Women and Millennials Want

Over 70% of women and a stunning 85% of millennials are changing their financial advisors once they are in the position to make that decision. Women and millennials are the fastest growing groups of impact investors, and are in position to inherit about $60 trillion over the next 30 years. About $30 trillion will be inherited by these groups by 2020.

Speakers: Colborn Bell, Donna Morton, Melanie Pease-Davidson, Stephanie Wilson

Engaging Conservatives on Climate: Completing the Puzzle for Climate Activism

This presentation was interesting. Two conservative Trump supporters spoke. They believe that climate change is man made and want to work to address it. Debbie called herself part of the ‘Green Tea Party’. They spoke about how to engage with conservatives on climate change and why there are so many climate change deniers at this point.

Speakers: Matt Anderson, Debbie Dooley, Bill Shireman, Jerry Taylor


  • Conservative speakers from tea party and libertarian
  • Many conservatives believe that most scientists and environmentalists are liberal and want big government – tribal identity – 75% of Trump supporters and 80% of NASCAR fans support clean energy
  • It’s all about the message and messenger
  • Being hostile to the environment is part of the Republican identity
  • However, since when is it conservative to ignore risks
  • It’s less expensive to address the risks now than clean up a larger problem later
  • Capitalism (a principle cherished by conservatives) is the best solution to climate change is capitalism – carbon tax
  • The messenger important right now – the best Al Gore movie is not going to be viewed by conservatives
  • Don’t speak about climate change – speak about energy, choice, energy security, decentralize energy, self-reliance, stability, stewards of the environment, clean air/water
  • Can get conservatives on board – if solutions don’t involve big government
  • The vast majority of people don’t care about politics
  • The majority views have an out proportioned influence
  • Have mutual respect – avoid other topics – focus on energy
  • Future 500 – – finding common ground between uncommon allies

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