Investing and Sustainability at Green School, Bali


This week, I spoke at Green School in Bali.  

It’s a fabulous school, the likes of which I have never seen before.  I’ve spoken at more than 70 international schools.  This was the first one based on a sustainable model.  Its buildings are made of bamboo. 

They grow their own food, and 17 percent of their power comes from solar generation.  In a few years, they plan to be completely off the power grid and giving their excess power to the community.

The students and teachers are mostly cut from a different cloth, compared to those I meet at other international schools. 

Their learning is authentic, cross curricular, and they have plenty of sustainability projects that the students are undertaking.

I was happy to talk about happiness, as it related to money.  Experiences trump material things.  Perhaps more than any place I’ve spoken at before, I was preaching to a choir.

I was also happy to speak about socially conscious investing.  It’s a topic I wrote about in my book, Millionaire Expat.  But few expats, it seems, appear to be interested in it. It was great to find an audience for that today.

I created model portfolios of socially conscious funds for different nationalities in my book. 

One thing that disappointed me was the lack of low-cost socially responsible funds available for Americans.  But shortly after I submitted my manuscript, iShares USA introduced some socially responsible ETFs.

I’ll update Millionaire Expat to include model portfolios using these funds, for those who are interested in socially responsible funds.





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Andrew Hallam

I’m a financial columnist for Canada’s national paper, The Globe and Mail, as well as for AssetBuilder, a financial service firm based in Texas. I’m also the author of Millionaire Teacher: The Nine Rules of Wealth You Should Have Learned in School (2nd Ed. Wiley 2017) and The Global Expatriate’s Guide To Investing: From Millionaire Teacher to Millionaire Expat (Wiley 2015). My mission is to educate, motivate and inspire people on basic retirement planning and best practices for investing, using evidence-based strategies. I'm happy to comment on your questions. However, please read the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and the Comments Policy.

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