Public Engagement

General Public

Perspectives from the Triple Bottom Line: A Conversation to Unpack the Tools, Challenges and Future of Impact Investing

Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Dorothy Hirshon Suite, Arnhold Hall 55 West 13th Street, Room I-205, New York, NY 10011

Impact investing, also called socially responsible investing, has been defined as any investment that includes impact as an intentional part of the investment thesis. It has become more important as investors ask that their investments return not just a financial profit, but social and environmental benefits as well, what is referred to as the triple bottom line.

But what does impact investing mean in practice? What are the challenges faced and where is it headed?

Alison Mears, director of the Healthy Materials Lab at Parsons, will discuss her work with the D.O.T (Design, Organization, Training) Center in Port au Prince, Haiti, a collaborative effort started by artist Paul Coles that acts as a manufacturing hub as well as a training ground for local artisans focused on traditional artisan techniques.

Amy Orr, Director of Capital Deployment at the F.B. Heron Foundation, will discuss her work in community development projects and unravel some of the tools Heron uses to accomplish its mission to "help people and communities help themselves out of poverty."

Kevin McQueen, instructor of the Community Development Finance Lab, which prepares students to work with community based organizations to conduct feasibility studies and business plans for their community economic development projects, will moderate a discussion to explore what impact investing looks like now, the difficulties faced from inception through to measuring success, and what the future holds.

Ken Marienau, CEO of Mission Markets, will discuss the ongoing evolution of a marketplace for investors interested in securities that provide socially or environmentally friendly outcomes. He will also address the role sustainability professionals are starting to play in the impact investing field.


Sponsored by the Tishman Environment and Design Center at The New School,  Sustainable Cities Club, and the Community Development Finance Lab.

Event Type

Lectures and Panel Discussions


General Public


Tishman Environment and Design Center


Environment, Sustainability and Climate Change


Schools of Public Engagement, Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy


Social Justice


Free; reservations required at the Eventbrite link in the top right corner

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By Train:
The 4, 5, 6, N, R, Q and L to 14th St./Union Square.
The A, C and E to 14th St. and 8th Ave.
The 1, 2 and 3 to 14th St. and 7th Ave.
The F and M to 14th St. and 6th Ave.
PATH train to 14th St. and 6th Ave.

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