The Climate Toolkit


You can approach investing sustainably in a variety of ways, such as proactively investing in specific sectors or minimizing your organization’s investment in objectionable industries. Museum, zoo and botanical garden investors have an opportunity to act as active shareholders and to engage with organizations, endowments, and donors that share similar values.

Sustainability investing and divesting efforts have far-reaching positive impacts. In addition to reduced waste and carbon emissions, these efforts also reduce anti-slavery practices in manufacturing and contributed towards gender equality initiatives. This type of investing and divesting is becoming more common: one in four dollars or 12 trillion of assets in the United States is invested in sustainable, responsible or impact-investing strategies. As Anna Raginskaya says, “Looking to sustainability is not just a matter of risk management – it is also a source of opportunity.”

Click below to read more about each goal and explore further resources. If you have any questions, please email the Climate Toolkit at

Institutions Pursuing Investments Goals:

Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

Cincinnati, Ohio

Ganna Walska Lotusland

Santa Barbara, California

Hitchcock Center for the Environment

Amherst, Massachusetts

Inala Jurassic Garden

Tasmania, Australia

Museum of Discovery and Science

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

New York Botanical Garden

Bronx, New York

Norfolk Botanical Garden

Norfolk, Virginia

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

Santa Barbara, California

Science Museum of Minnesota

Saint Paul, Minnesota

Smithsonian Gardens

Washington, D.C.

Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center

Virginia Beach, Virginia