Wednesday, May 10, 9:30 AM Fordham University Leon Lowenstein CenterNew York, NY 10023You'll be able to see the meeting link and contact the event host after you RSVP.
What started as a moral campaign on a handful of college campuses, fossil fuel divestment is now a mainstream financial movement with divestment commitments from over 700 institutions representing more than $5.4 trillion in assets. As major oil companies are hardly breaking even, financial institutions and businesses will play a key role in a responsible transition away from fossil fuels to a new sustainable economy built for all. New York is a global leader on confronting climate change, but divestment of the $350 billion NY state and city pension funds is still urgently needed to send ripples around the world. The time is now to make the vision of a fossil free New York a vision of prosperity and hope that includes reinvestment in communities as well as alternative energy.
Join business leaders from New York to hear how they are already stepping into this responsibility and leading on climate through divestment and investment in our communities. Businesses are betting on climate action and calling on pension funds to join them to divest from the past and invest in the future. Leaders will discuss the challenges, successes, and the potential for economic benefits as they act on climate and make the case for why New York, as a global leader on climate action, needs to divest.
This event takes place from 9:30 - 11:00 AM with networking opportunity to follow.
Moderator: Denise Patel. Coordinator, Divest-Invest Network - Denise Patel directs the DivestInvest Network, a network of non-profit organizations that builds the momentum of the Divest-Invest movement through strategic coordination of the diverse, yet complementary, efforts of a broad range of organizations and individuals committed to divestment from fossil fuels and investment in a clean, renewable, equitable energy economy.
Matthew W. Patsky, CFO, CEO & Portfolio Manager, Trillium Asset Management - Matthew is CEO and a portfolio manager at Trillium Asset Management. He is leading Trillium Asset Management’s Sustainable Opportunities strategy. He joined Trillium 2009, and has three decades of experience in investment research and investment management.
May Boeve, Executive Director, 350.org- is the Executive Director of 350.org the international climate change organization. 350.org's creative communications, organizing, and mass mobilizations strive to generate the sense of urgency required to tackle the climate crisis.
Ivan Frishberg, First Vice President, Sustainability Banking, Amalgamated Bank- leads the sustainability banking practice at Amalgamated Bank, a premier bank for the progressive community. Amalgamated Bank’s aggressive positions on divesting from climate risk have helped to catalyze new pressure on the large banks that continue to finance unsustainable and risky fossil fuel infrastructure projects.
Mary Cleaver, Founder and CEO of Green Table- Mary Cleaver is founder and owner of The Cleaver Co., The Green Table and the upstate Green Table Farm. Committed to high road business practices, Mary has been a leader in establishing the local and regional food, beverage and farming economy, and a fills an important niche in NYC’s restaurant and catering industry.
David Levine, Director, American Sustainable Business Council- David Levine is the co-founder and CEO of theAmerican Sustainable Business Council, a growing coalition of business organizations and businesses, collectively representing over 250,000 businesses, committed to advancing market shifts and policies that support a vibrant, just and sustainable economy.
Organized by American Sustainable Business Council, 350.org, New York State Sustainable Business Council, New York Communities for Change and the Divest Invest Network - part of the #DivestNY coalition. Sponsored by the Dorothy Day Center for Service and Justice, Fordham University.