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New Course Offering on Sustainable Finance and Investment This Spring Quarter

Sunday, April 12, 2020

This Spring Quarter GPC's Soh Young In, Ph.D leads a weekly seminar series which aims to equip the Stanford community with the knowledge and networks required to undertake significant future work on sustainable finance and investment. Often, sustainability is regarded as extra-financial—not necessarily measured in financial units. But the latest market frontiers use sustainability as an advanced means to analyze and manage their investment portfolios. Sustainable finance and investment approaches work to align the financial system with sustainability goals. This course explores multiple disciplines of sustainable finance with talks by researchers associated with the Stanford Precourt Institute for Energy's Sustainable Finance Initiative and visiting speakers from Google, Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), S&P Global, Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB), and startups and new initiatives in this field. The course features three highly interactive modules: (1) risk and opportunities of sustainable finance, (2) business and financial innovation toward sustainability, and (3) sustainability assessment and advanced data technologies. The contents covered by this course include but are not limited to systems and theories in sustainable finance and investment such as active ownership, carbon markets and policies, climate finance, environmental disclosure and reporting, divestment, engagement, environmental, social, and governance (ESG), green banks, green bonds, green benchmarks and indices, impact investing, public-private partnerships, responsible investment, stranded assets, and green taxonomies.

For more information or to learn more about the Sustainable Finance Initiative's research, email Soh Young In at si2131@stanford.edu.