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Green Century Balanced Fund’s Carbon Footprint is Almost Half that of the S&P 500®

April 3, 2013— The Green Century Balanced Fund announced today that it is 49.5% less carbon intensive than the S&P 500® Index* without compromising financial returns for its investors.** Citing both its returns as compared to the S&P 500® and its 4-star Overall Morningstar Rating (based on risk-adjusted performance against 810 Moderate Allocation Funds as of 12/31/2012),*** the Green Century Balanced Fund stated that these results support its belief that companies that seek to protect the environment may be more profitable in the long-term than companies that damage our water, air and land. The analysis was performed by leading environmental data and analysis firm Trucost® and is based on measuring the tons of carbon emissions per million dollars of revenue of the companies held by the Balanced Fund and those of the companies included in the S&P 500® Index.

Source: TruCost

“Reducing the Balanced Fund’s carbon footprint is a key way that Green Century is working to curb climate change while providing competitive investment options for those who want to green their portfolios,” says Green Century Senior Vice President Leslie Samuelrich. “We believe in avoiding companies whose environmental negligence could threaten our shareholders’ investments and values and investing in companies that pay attention to their environmental impacts,” added Samuelrich.

“Investors are increasingly benefiting from strategies that integrate carbon and broader natural capital considerations within traditional investment analysis. Green Century broke new ground with its first report on the carbon footprint of its flagship Balanced Fund and does so again with this report,” says Divya Mankikar, Vice President, Trucost. “The carbon analysis demonstrates how fund managers can identify hidden natural capital risk in their portfolios and we commend Green Century for its continued commitment and pro-active approach.”

“We are seeing a growing trend of individual and institutional investors who want lower carbon investments,” says Matt Patsky, CEO, Trillium Asset Management, which serves as the subadvisor to Green Century’s Balanced Fund. “Many investors have found that not owning traditional energy companies at all is an appropriate decision and can be incorporated into a portfolio with minimal negative impact on performance over the long-term. Green Century has been on the forefront of clean energy and environmental investing for over two decades and Trillium is proud to work with them on this fossil fuel free investment option.”

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Green Century Balanced Fund’s low carbon intensity is attributable in large part to the Fund’s avoidance of the Utilities, Oil and Gas, and Basic Resources sectors and stock selection within the Insurance sector. In aggregate, the two sectors that have the greatest positive effect on the Fund’s carbon footprint are Oil & Gas and Insurance, which contribute 38.42% of the Fund’s increased carbon efficiency.

The total carbon footprint of the Balanced Fund is 122.85 (tCO2e/$mn) compared to the footprint of the S&P 500® Index which is 243.27 (tCO2e/$mn).

Steve Schueth, President of First Affirmative Financial Network, which supports a nationwide network of investment professionals who specialize in serving socially conscious investors, said, “Companies of the future are finding ways to reduce their carbon footprint, sometimes dramatically. We believe that those companies are likely to realize significant competitive advantages in a resource-constrained world, provide superior returns to investors, and help usher in a more sustainable future for us all.” First Affirmative recently added a fossil fuel free investment strategy that includes the Green Century Balanced Fund.

Margie Alt, Executive Director of Environment America, states, “With global warming threatening our climate and the future of the planet as we know it, we must tackle carbon pollution in every way possible. With its fossil free fund, Green Century plays an important role in the shift to a low-carbon future.”

The analysis was performed by Trucost, the world’s leading provider of data and analysis on the carbon impacts of companies. The methodology of Trucost’s carbon audit included calculating the direct and indirect (major supplier) greenhouse gas emissions for each company in the Green Century Balanced Fund portfolio as of January 31, 2013. Each holding’s contribution to the emissions profile of the portfolio is then calculated on an equity ownership basis. The carbon footprint of the Fund is normalized by its value to produce a measure of carbon intensity. The same analysis was also conducted on the S&P 500® Index for the purposes of comparison.

* The S&P 500® Index is an unmanaged index of 500 selected common stocks, most of which are listed on the New York Stock Exchange. The S&P 500® Index is heavily weighted toward stocks with large market capitalization and represents approximately two-thirds of the total market value of all domestic stocks. It is not possible to invest directly in the S&P 500® Index.


Average Annual Return Three Months One Year Five Years Ten Years
12/31/12 Green Century Balaned Fund 1.93% 13.29% 2.22% 7.75%
S&P 500® -0.38% 16.00% 1.66% 7.10%

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