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Paris City Hall, where 436 mayors joined a 'Compact of Cities' and 44 Governors and Premiers joined a 'Compact of States and Regions' during COP21. (Photo courtesy of Climate Alliance Org.)

Michael Northrop: Is the Post-Fossil Fuel Era Now Inevitable?

The Fund’s Sustainable Development program director reflects on the atmosphere of the UN climate conference in Paris and highlights 80 agreements and achievements which contributed to the landmark meeting. Executive Director May Boeve and RBF President Stephen Heintz at COP21 in December 2015.
On December 2, 2015, May Boeve of and Stephen Heintz of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, announced that more than 500 institutions representing over $3.4 trillion in assets have made some form of divestment commitment. The announcement was made during the first week of the U.N. climate conference in Paris, France.

Stephen Heintz Praises the Agreement Reached at the Paris Climate Conference

The Rockefeller Brothers Fund is proud to support the Paris climate agreement as a monumental step forward for the world. This agreement would never have been possible without a strong, vital climate movement, an impassioned groundswell of work from the local and state levels building from the ground up, and a historic shift among investors and businesses.

Climate Interactive’s Analysis of Climate Pledges is Featured by The New York Times

Ahead of the Paris conference on climate change, The New York Times created an interactive feature to explain how pledges by countries to reduce carbon dioxide emissions will affect global temperatures. “The Climate Change Pledges Are In. Will They Fix Anything?” used data and scenarios from a simulation model built by RBF grantee Climate Interactive.

RBF President Stephen Heintz spoke alongside fellow panelists Rev. Hendrik Grape of the Church of Sweden, James Randerson of The Guardian, moderator May Boeve of, and Julia Christian of Fossil Free SOAS. (Photo courtesy of Reinhard Bütikofer)

Stephen Heintz Discusses Divestment Progress at European Green Party Conference

RBF President Stephen Heintz spoke about the Fund's experiences around its divestment and impact investment process during a panel discussion organized by the European Green Party and

Finding New York City's Path to 80 Percent Carbon Reductions by 2050

As part of an ambitious plan to reduce the city’s carbon footprint by 80 percent by 2050, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio formally requested the energy sector to help identify solutions to power the city government’s operations using renewable energy. RBF grantee Architecture 2030 has published a report, Achieving 80x50 , which recommends that New York City update its building code to meet high-performance standards on efficiency and integration of renewables.