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UUA Treasurer Discusses Socially Responsible Investing and Environmental Stewardship

Unitarian Universalist Association Treasurer Tim Brennan traveled to New York City on February 14 to attend the Investor Summit on Climate Risk (ISCR).  The third such summit in six years, ISCR was held at the United Nations Headquarters and co-hosted by the United Nations Foundation, the United Nations Fund for International Partnerships, and Ceres, an organization that brings together public interest groups, environmental groups, and investors to address sustainability issues such as climate change.

This year’s ISCR attracted hundreds of investors and culminated in the proposal of a climate-action plan endorsed by 49 different organizations, including the UUA.  Those taking part in the one-day summit represented $8 trillion in assets.  By comparison, all managed assets in the United States total $25.1 trillion, and nearly one in every nine professionally-managed dollars is involved in socially-responsible investing (SRI).

Before joining the UUA in 2006, Brennan served for nearly seven years as senior director of development and communications at Ceres, where he was involved with planning the first and second ISCR.

Brennan’s work as UUA treasurer includes a strong focus on SRI, with a new emphasis on climate change inspired by the 2006 UUA General Assembly statement of conscience.  The statement of conscience reads, in part, “We as Unitarian Universalists are called to join with others to halt practices that fuel global warming/climate change, to instigate sustainable alternatives, and to mitigate the impending effects of global warming/climate change with just and ethical responses.”  Brennan believes deeply in upholding this charge.

He discusses how to put that belief into action through his work at the UUA.

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