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Richard Barr Columns

Richard Barr recently transitioned out of a twenty year career as a social investment advisor with First Affirmative Financial Network.  An Accredited Investment Fiduciary from the University of Pittsburgh, he advised individual clients of all sizes during his time with the organization..

In addition to his First Affirmative responsibilities, he wrote a column on social investment for the Santa Fe New Mexican; advised on-line publishers on portfolio management; served on the board of the Social Investment Forum; served on the Board of LightHawk, a conservation organization utilizing small aircraft (he became a private pilot), and had his first and only child, Natalie, with his wife Betsy.

Richard observes:  “Having a 20-year career in social investing is no small feat.  Back when I started, the Social Investment Forum members used to meet in living rooms around the country -- when board members could afford to get together”  It was then that First Affirmative Financial Network decided to become a real network by hiring Richard, their first out-of-state representative.  The organization now has more than one hundred professional members nationwide and manages in excess of USD$700 million dollars.

Prior to becoming an investment advisor Richard received two undergraduate degrees from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a graduate degree from the University of New Mexico.  Eager to apply his education in Environmental Studies, he saw social investing as the perfect right livelihood.  Social investing, then a small niche of the investment industry, was ready – and so was Richard.

We’re pleased that Richard Barr is a now commentator for the Institute.

July 2, 2013 Google’s innovation unit at work on alternative wind power project

Source: Just Means

Google X, the innovation facility of Google (GOOG), is working on a radically different green energy project which could have a significant impact on the future of energy production in the world. The project received a boost last...

December 2, 2011 AC Alert for November 29, 2011 The Climate Debate Rages On

Source: Governance & Accountability Institute, Inc. BLOG / NEWSLETTER: Steve received an interesting assignment from his high school science teacher last week: “On the eve of the UN’s International Climate Talks in...

November 23, 2011 The Future Of Green Tech, Part II

Source: Richard Barr – Featured Commentator

In August I posted The Future Of Green Tech, Part I, and since I know you all have been sitting on the edge of your seats since then waiting for Part II, I decided my wonderful extended summer vacation just had to end at some...[more]

August 12, 2011 The Future Of Green Tech, Part I

Source: Richard Barr, Featured Commentator

If you’re a regular reader of my commentary you know that our energy issues and the closely-linked climate change threat are of great interest to me. So when I heard of a live webinar featuring two of the industry’s leaders I...[more]

June 10, 2011 Richard Barr, Featured Contributor on Accountability-Central: Is Corporate America Becoming More Socially Conscious? Legendary SRI Advocate Peter Kinder Responds

Source: Governance & Accountability Institute, Inc. PRESS RELEASE: (3BL Media / theCSRfeed) New York, NY - June 10, 2011 - Is Corporate America becoming more socially conscious? Richard Barr, formerly a long-time...

June 3, 2011 A Man For All Seasons

Source: Richard Barr, Featured Commentator, Governance & Accountability Institute

In 1987 I was fresh out of grad school in photography at the University of New Mexico. Turning 40, I was finally out of excuses to stay in school. I was searching for a right-livelihood profession, not in photography, and I...[more]

April 8, 2011 The Race Against Time

Source: Richard Barr

It’s official. The Republican Party platform denies the existence of global warming or climate change. Well, not quite. According to the numbers compiled by the Center for American Progress more than half the Republicans in...[more]

March 31, 2011 Accountability Central Alert 3.29.11 - Commentary Not To Be Missed

Source: Governance & Accountability Institute, Inc. BLOG / NEWSLETTER: Below is a sample of our weekly newsletter, click here for the full formatted version. The late radio newsman Paul Harvey was famous for his daily broadcasts...

March 2, 2011 The Dilemma of Growth V

Source: Richard Barr, featured commentator for Governance & Accountability Institute

“An investment is by all right-minded people to be commended, because it brings comforts and necessities to the citizenry. But, if continued indefinitely, it will lead to the endless pursuit of unnecessary things.” Adam Smith,...[more]

February 7, 2011 “ICWROP?” A Dream Piece…

Source: Richard Barr, Featured Commentator

This is a “dream piece.” I get to dream, you get to dream, and unfortunately nothing much comes of it. But when you spend your professional life studying corporate behavior and working to improve corporate citizenship you...[more]

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