About Valerie Gardner

Ms. Gardner is a principal and co-founder of Tiemann Investment Advisors, LLC. A former tech CFO and General Council, Ms. Gardner has identified climate change as a major risk for long term investors. Since 2005, she has devoted her energy towards understanding the risks and solutions and, since 2011, has worked to develop methodologies for managing and reducing the carbon risks in client portfolios. In 2014, Ms. Gardner announced TIA's "Future Generation" portfolio strategy, through which public market investors could avoid carbon risk while maintaining proper sector balance. In 2021, Ms. Gardner launched Nucleation Capital, a separate venture fund to enable climate-focused investors to invest in private ventures developing scalable climate solutions primarily focused on advanced nuclear and deep decarbonization innovation.

Parnassus Versus Green Century: A Contrast in Styles

By |2023-12-08T23:49:31-08:00October 22nd, 2023|Analysts, Asset Managers, Climate Change, Cost of Carbon Emissions, Divestment from Fossil Fuels, Energy, Institutional Investors, Investment in the future, Nuclear Energy, Venture Capital|

October 22, 2023 June, July and August of 2023 were the three hottest months the Earth has ever seen by such a large margin, it left climate scientists agog. Climate disasters are abounding apace, with the U.S. hit by 23 large-scale disasters, a record-breaking year already. In Pakistan, extreme rainfall and flooding affected 33 million people, killing more [...]

Climate Scientists Issue Dire Climate Warning

By |2022-12-25T15:46:49-08:00December 22nd, 2022|Business News, Carbon Emissions, Climate Change, Corporate Actions, Cost of Carbon Emissions, Divestment from Fossil Fuels, Energy, ESG Factors, Fossil Fuel Free investing, Future Generations, Investment in the future, Nuclear Energy, Risk Reduction, TIA, Venture Capital|

Dire Warnings from Dr. James Hansen . . . again Those who receive Dr. James Hansen's occasional newsletter from his Climate Science, Awareness and Solutions team, will have seen some dire reports before. Still, nothing we have seen is quite as unimaginable or alarming as learning that global warming is happening at the equivalent of 750,000 exploding Hiroshima [...]

The SEC finally steps into the ring for the Climate fight

By |2022-04-06T13:12:16-07:00March 25th, 2022|Banking, Business News, Carbon Emissions, Climate Change, Climate Disclosures, Corporate Actions, Cost of Carbon Emissions, Divestment from Fossil Fuels, Energy, Environmental Reporting, ESG Factors, Fiduciary Duty Standards, Financial Institutions, Fossil Fuel Free investing, Institutional Investors, Investment in the future, Money Management, Mutual Funds, Risk Reduction, Securities & Exchange Commission, Shareholder Rights|

SEC Issues Trailblazing Climate Disclosure Proposal At long last, after studying the issue for many years, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has finally released its long-awaited proposal to require companies to disclose their climate risks to investors. These proposed rules (neatly summarized in a 506 page notice) will require all publicly traded companies to disclose both their greenhouse [...]

Holiday Greetings 2020

By |2020-12-23T13:32:59-08:00December 23rd, 2020|TIA|

We wish everyone a healthy and happy 2021 and an opportunity to see loved ones and friends in a safe and secure way to your heart's content in the coming months. We have been saddened by the threat posed by Covid-19 and by the painful losses suffered by so many as a result of this virus around the world.  [...]

Consideration of ESG factors can reduce risk and improve return

By |2020-07-30T17:32:08-07:00July 30th, 2020|Business News, Environmental Reporting, ESG Factors, Fiduciary Duty Standards, Financial Health, Labor Law, Money Management, Mutual Funds, Risk Reduction, TIA|

The DOL's proposed Rulemaking on "Financial Factors in Selecting Plan Investments" for ERISA plans is considering amendments to the “Investment duties” regulation under Title I of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended (ERISA), to confirm that ERISA requires plan fiduciaries (i.e. the investment advisors) to select investments and investment courses of action based solely on [...]

Holiday Greetings 2019

By |2020-02-14T14:42:08-08:00December 20th, 2019|TIA|

We want to wish everyone happy holidays and a healthy and prosperous new year and decade. In appreciation of our clients and their long-term hopes for the future, we make a donation each year to an exceptional group doing critical work to benefit others.  This year we have selected the Earth Institute's Climate Science, Awareness and Solutions program, located [...]

Institutional Investors Uniting Against Emissions

By |2019-03-06T23:55:19-08:00March 6th, 2019|Carbon Emissions, Climate Change, Corporate Actions, Cost of Carbon Emissions, Energy, Fiduciary Duty Standards, Institutional Investors, Investment in the future, Shareholder Rights|

Just Twenty Companies Responsible for Half of Power Sector’s Carbon Emissions in the US According to a press release posted by New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer, a coalition of some of the largest institutional investors, representing $1.8 trillion in assets, sent a joint letter setting a deadline for 20 of the nation's largest utilities to achieve net-zero carbon. [...]

Investments based on Science Fact, rather than Science Fiction

By |2018-12-20T20:19:11-08:00November 26th, 2018|Carbon Emissions, Climate Change|

By Valerie Gardner Joseph Mariathasan makes an important point in an article published in Investment & Pensions Europe (IPE), called "Nuclear Power - An Update." In it he reflects on the problems associated with exaggerations about the health risks of radiation associated with nuclear energy, as described by Dr. Wade Allison, Oxford University emeritus professor of physics and Anton van der [...]

Taking Stock of Known Risks to Future Returns

By |2018-12-20T20:19:34-08:00October 12th, 2018|Carbon Emissions, Climate Change, Cost of Carbon Emissions, Economic Indicators, Energy, Environmental Reporting, Fossil Fuel Free investing, Future Generations, Preventing Pollution, True expertise|

By Valerie Gardner Since our founding in 2002, we have seen it as our job to help our clients invest prudently in the market, in order to participate in the overall market growth and returns generated by business. We have always known that our clients will do best if we reduce their unnecessary costs and uncompensated risks, while providing [...]

Can you afford to ignore climate change?

By |2018-12-20T20:28:59-08:00September 25th, 2016|Carbon Emissions, Climate Change, Corporate Actions, Divestment from Fossil Fuels, Energy|

By Valerie Gardner BlackRock, an asset manager with over $5 trillion in assets, doesn't think so. According to Ben Moshinsky of Business Insider, BlackRock has issued a report warning investors that "Climate change is going to move a huge amount of money and not enough people are paying attention.1" For a group that holds major investments in various fossil fuel [...]

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