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Environmentally Responsible

Environmentally Responsible

The sustainability of the environment is important to The Church Pension Fund (CPF). For that reason, we continue to seek managers who possess expertise in environmentally responsible investments. We have investments in a number of funds that support and promote sustainable forestry, clean technology, and green buildings.

Clean Technology

We have made investments in more than 100 clean technology projects. These investments generate or promote the use of solar energy, wind, hydro, geothermal, and biomass fuels or provide solutions for photovoltaic cells, and refrigerants, among others. We have also funded cutting-edge technologies, and have investments with companies that manufacture electric vehicles and produce lithium batteries.

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We served as an anchor investor in the Developing World Market’s Off-Grid, Renewable and Climate Action Impact Note (ORCA Note). The ORCA Note provides renewable energy finance loans to socially responsible businesses in Ecuador, Guatemala, India, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Mongolia, Nicaragua, Rwanda, and Tanzania and is composed of 11 underlying loans made to inclusive financial institutions and operating companies. 

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Solar

CPF served as an anchor investor and invested $30 million in the Developing World Market’s $62 million Off-Grid, Renewable and Climate Action Impact Note (ORCA Note). The ORCA Note will provide renewable energy finance loans to socially responsible businesses in the developing world and is composed of 11 underlying loans made to inclusive financial institutions and operating companies.

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These organizations support renewable energy creation and services in nine countries across three continents, including Ecuador, Guatemala, India, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Mongolia, Nicaragua, Rwanda, and Tanzania. Peter Johnson, Managing Partner of Developing World Markets, said, “The companies financed by the Note are employing innovative, market-based mechanisms to solve critical development needs. For the equivalent price of what was previously spent on outdated energy sources such as kerosene, low-income individuals in developing countries can access clean, modern, renewable energy technology for their homes and families; addressing not only energy, but health issues as well.”

Sustainable Forestry

We have invested in several sustainable forestry-related initiatives, including investments in sustainable forest funds managed by The Forestland Group, which promotes and employs sustainable forestry practices and has captured and stored 418,000 tons of carbon dioxide.

Green Buildings

We support sustainable construction principles and have made real estate investments in more than 65 LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified buildings and 14 BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) certified buildings. In addition, our headquarters is a Gold-certified LEED space in recognition of our implementation of environmentally sustainable practices in the construction and operation of our office.