State treasurer to give talk on social investing this Wednesday in Middlebury

MIDDLEBURY — Vermont State Treasurer Beth Pearce will participate in a free panel discussion on socially responsible personal investing, “Investing for the Greater Good,” on Wednesday, April 9, at 7 p.m. in the Ilsley Library Community Room (rear entrance) in downtown Middlebury.
This informative, moderated panel discussion on how to make socially responsible personal investments will also include panelists Tom Gainey, Pax World Management; Eric Becker, Clean Yield Asset Management; Shawn Oxford, Bristol Financial Services; and Rich Carpenter, Acorn Energy Co-op treasurer. Jamie Gaucher, director of the Middlebury Office of Business Development and Innovation, will be the moderator.
Each panel member will have a few minutes to make a brief presentation, followed by a moderated discussion and questions from the audience. The Acorn Renewable Energy Co-op and the ACORN Network will be co-sponsoring this event.
Climate change risks are increasingly clear and divestment campaigns are gathering steam. Less clear is how to make socially responsible personal investments (SRIs). Hear from expert panelists, and consider the range of socially responsible and community-based investment opportunities.
“In the years ahead, we anticipate more small local investment opportunities in local renewable energy projects that will strengthen the local economy while simultaneously meeting SRI goals,” says Acorn Energy Co-op president Peter Carothers.
The benefits of making investments in local food and renewable energy projects, as well as an update of new Securities and Exchange Commission rules that will encourage crowd funding will also be discussed. This event will givearea residents information to help them better understand their investment options.
“Our work on money, the third leg of relocalization (after food and energy), has been incubating for a number of years as we researched the tools to encourage greater investment of local, non-accredited capital flows into the Addison County economy,” says Jonathan Corcoran, president of the ACORN Network. “This SRI panel discussion is a great first step in identifying some of those tools, and advancing the discussion.”
Light refreshments will be provided, and the general public is welcome.

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