Extracting Fossil Fuels from Your Portfolio: A Guide to Personal Divestment and Reinvestment

From Green Century, 350.org, and Trillium

 

Green Century Capital Management (Green Century), 350.org, and Trillium Asset Management, LLC (Trillium) recently the published a new paper, Extracting Fossil Fuels from Your Portfolio: A Guide to Personal Divestment and Reinvestment.

You can download a copy of the new Guide at www.350.org  or www.greencentury.com  or  www.trilliuminvest.com

The frequency and severity of extreme weather systems continue to impact the lives of people around the globe and increasingly in our own communities. Many investors are becoming acutely aware of the presence of fossil fuel companies in their own portfolios and want to transition their investments away from the industry that is principally responsible for causing a changing climate.

“If it’s wrong to wreck the climate, then it’s wrong to profit from that wreckage,” said Bill McKibben, co-founder of 350.org. “Investors have an important and special role to play in the climate change movement. I hope this Guide will help you find yours.”

This Guide which aims to help individuals better understand fossil fuel divestment, provides clear steps to move your money out of coal, oil, and gas companies, and gives tips on how to proactively invest in sustainable companies and investment vehicles.

“Once divested, funds can then be reinvested in companies that are identifying new market opportunities related to clean energy and the move to a more sustainable economy. These companies will be the beneficiaries as the incentives change to support a low-carbon future,” concluded Matthew W. Patsky, CEO of Trillium Asset Management.

“From New York to Los Angeles, increasing numbers of people have talked to us about divesting for moral, political and financial reasons,” noted Leslie Samuelrich, President, Green Century Capital Management. “Over the last 12 months, net assets in our fossil fuel free Balanced Funds have increased nearly 50%, a fact that may signal that investors are eager for new approaches to curbing climate change.”[1]

We hope this Guide and the resources in the appendix are used by investors to educate themselves, their family and friends, or their financial planner to go fossil fuel free.

Article Note [1]  46% as of 9/30/2013

You should consider the Funds’ investment objectives, risks, charges, and expenses carefully before investing. To obtain a Prospectus that contains this and other information about the Funds, please go to www.greencentury.com  or email  info@greencentury.com  or call 1-800-93-GREEN. Please read the Prospectus carefully before investing.

Stocks will fluctuate in response to factors that may affect a single company, industry, sector, or the market as a whole and may perform worse than the market. Bonds are subject to risks including interest rate, credit, and inflation.

The Green Century Funds are distributed by UMB Distribution Services, LLC. 10/13

Contacts:

Jamie Henn, 350.org / Email  jamie@350.org  / phone 415-601-9337

Randy Rice, Trillium Asset Management / Email  rrice@trilliuminvest.com  / phone 617-515-6889

Leslie Samuelrich, Green Century Capital Management / Email  lsamuelrich@greencentury.com  / phone 617-482-0800

Source: Green Century website

 

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