Investing to Address Climate Change: In Conversation with President Gertler (Adams Sustainability Celebration)

Earlier this year, the University of Toronto and more than a dozen Canadian universities signed a landmark charter that aims to tackle climate change through a commitment to responsible investing practices. U of T and McGill University initiated the charter, and more than a dozen other universities have joined the effort. It calls on universities to, among other things: incorporate environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors into investment practices; regularly measure the carbon footprints of investment portfolios and set meaningful targets to reduce them over time; and engage with companies to encourage them to reduce emissions. Joining forces with other universities to address climate change through the charter is just the latest in a series of steps taken by U of T since the release of President Gertler’s 14-point plan to take action on climate change in 2016. This event is part of the Adams Sustainability Celebration.