CSR from the Urban Datascape to Impact Investing

zooming out on the city and in on the moneyThe CRD Analytics blog is moving full speed ahead. This month we zoom out on the city and in on the money to look at world of sustainable investing from both physical and monetary perspectives. Check out the latest:

CRD Analytics January Announcements
Find out about our work with Mission Markets, the Southeastern Corporate Sustainability Rankings, the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth business school, BrandLogic, and the Global Reporting Institute’s Focal Point USA.

The Sustainable Urban Datascape
If you followed my graduate work at all, you can imagine my excitement at finding out that the business community is taking a long hard look at the Role and Use of Data in the Sustainable City (note, for instance, section 1.3 of my master’s thesis, Information as a building material). We’re planning a symposium on the topic in May, stay tuned.

Impact Investing is Making a Dent
There’s a growing trend toward sustainable investing, but it hasn’t always been easy to pull this off. A mere five years ago, the job that first put the word “sustainability” on my lips offered the same 401K full of environmentally disastrous companies that everyone else got. Today we have some new tools for making it happen.

US Sustainability Reporting is Heating Up
Certain parts of Europe actually have laws on the books requiring companies to disclose their environmental, social, and governance data. While the US is abysmal at the federal level when it comes to most of this stuff, at least we have the pluck to forge headstrong and fast into a good trend. It’s pretty amazing how fast this is moving.

Image credits: rhodes, kevindooley

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About Daniela

Daniela Morell holds a Masters in Architectural Science with a concentration in Built Ecologies from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's Center for Architecture Science and Ecology in New York City. Her writing, research, and design work is guided by a value system for sustainability that includes both the responsible use of energy and material resources, as well as the social need for design to inspire more ecologically balanced living.
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