Sustainable investment

CCM invests USD4m in sustainable initiatives on behalf of AdvisorShares Global Echo ETF

Community Capital Management (CCM), a fixed income impact investing manager, has invested over USD4m in sustainable and impact initiatives on behalf of the AdvisorShares Global Echo ETF (GIVE).

CCM is one of four sub-advisers for GIVE and is the only fixed income manager.

GIVE was launched earlier this year and opened for trading on 24 May 2012. It is a broadly diversified multi-manager ETF with a focus on sustainable investment themes that seeks to achieve long-term capital appreciation with an emphasis on absolute (positive) returns and low sensitivity to a blend of traditional financial market indices such as the S&P 500 Index, over a full market cycle.

One investment CCM purchased on behalf of GIVE helped finance The Village at Odenton Station, a 400,000 square foot, transit-oriented and sustainable residential/retail development in Odenton, Maryland.  The Village is comprised of 235 apartments and 60,000 square feet of commercial retail space and is located across the street from the Odenton MARC train station.  It is pedestrian friendly and includes hiker-biker trails.

Another investment CCM purchased on behalf of GIVE helped finance Hidden Creek Apartments, a Low Income Housing Tax Credit property, in Crescent City, California. Hidden Creek incorporates sustainable building methods, including water-saving fixtures, no-VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) interior paint, CRI (Carpet and Rug Institute) Green Label, and low-VOC carpet.  CRI launched its Green Label in 1992 to test carpet, cushions and adhesives to help specifiers identify products with very low emissions of VOCs. 

"Investments like these, along with the Global Echo Foundation's philanthropic arm, help make a meaningful, sustainable impact and that is exactly why GIVE was launched," says Noah Hamman, chief executive of AdvisorShares. "We are excited that the fixed income portion of GIVE is helping to finance projects that are impacting the earth in a significant way."

"Since CCM's inception in 1998, we have sought competitive rates of return while making a direct positive community impact," said Barbara VanScoy, senior portfolio manager at Community Capital Management. "We are thrilled that the field of impact investing is expanding with new products like GIVE and that we can be a part of it."

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