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Alum presents Innovest model

Marc Brammer '95 speaks on a human ecology-based approach to investing
April 28, 2005 - McCormick Lecture Hall

Marc BrammerCan corporations be considered to have a healthy bottom line if they're stacking up superfund sites in the West? What about if all their goods are created by sweatshop labor? When do past deeds return to sink a corporation's bottom line?

These are some of the questions that College of the Atlantic alumnus Marc Brammer will address Thursday, April 28 at 6 p.m. when he offers a talk he calls, "The Innovest Model: A Human Ecological-Based Approach to Investing?" Brammer, who graduated in 1995 has been working as a senior research analyst at Innovest Strategic Value Advisors. The talk will be in the college's McCormick Lecture Hall.

The New York City-based financial rating company, Innovest, looks at corporate performance not only according to current financial status, but also longterm viability. Innovest's expansive view of investing focuses on identifying non-traditional sources of risk and value for investors. "We've begun to send signals back to companies that these issues are noticed," says Brammer.

Shawn Keeley, COA's alumni relations coordinator says he's excited to have Marc visit COA. "He has taken the values and perspective of human ecology learned at COA and applied them to the business world in an innovative way. I believe his work will serve as an inspiration for current students," he adds.

At COA, Brammer focused on the connections between the economy and the environment, doing his senior project on the economic theory of sustainable development with economist John Buell, editor of the Progressive Magazine. After graduation, Brammer received a Master's degree in political science from the Graduate Faculty of the New School University in New York, with a focus in Comparative Politics and Political Theory. Prior to joining Innovest, he worked with the Maryland International Institute for Ecological Economics at the University of Maryland on a U.S. Geological Survey study of environmental conditions of the Upper Mississippi River Basin.

According to Brammer, COA's human ecology degree prepared him well for this career because both are about seeing links. If youíre looking into how climate change may affect the health of oil corporations or other companies, he says, "You have to be a generalist, you have to know something about the science, and something about investments, and look for the connections between the two."

For more information on Brammerís talk, please call Shawn Keeley, Director of Alumni Relations at 288-5015 ext. #268.

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