Between the Issues

Responsible Investing Without the Hype: The Conclusion

We’ll finish up our examination of some of the challenges associated with responsible investing by looking at a few random issues.

[15] Phosphorus

At school I volunteered to set the lab stockroom in order. Sealed in a navy lab coat I took inventory. Gathered for disposal crumbling samples, mystery solutions. Rewrote acid-​rotted labels. Re-​pickled a funnel-​web. Marvelled at copper’s rosy gleam. Dusted the jar of white phosphorus, a sullen chunk stored underwater. Like…

Gala Celebrates Museum Lab Opening

Inspired by the creation of Museum Lab, Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh’s annual fundraising event entertained a sold-​out crowd of over 400 guests on Friday, June 7.

Philosophical Issues Bedeviling Responsible Investing

We’ve reviewed many potential pitfalls that bedevil responsible investing, but now let’s turn to some of the more philosophical issues in the space.

Pittsburgh CLO Guild Gala Inspired by “Grease”

The 64th Annual Pittsburgh CLO Guild Gala was held on June 1 at the Rivers Casino Event Center. The theme of the event, “Greased Lightnin’ — The Rydell High Prom” was inspired by “Grease,” Pittsburgh CLO’s first show of its summer season.

Traps Awaiting Unsuspecting RI Investors

Last week, we noted the tendency of the financial industry to take advantage of investors, including responsible investing (RI) investors. We also observed how this led to the epidemic of greenwashing: recharacterizing rather ordinary investments as RI investments. This week we’ll move beyond the greenwashing problem and look at other…

Responsible Investing Without the Hype

ESG offers the chance of a fantastic rebranding for an unpopular [financial] industry, an excuse to crunch a lot of data and then charge for it, a great opportunity to bid for the huge pools of money held on behalf of public sector workers and charitable organizations … and most…

Crêpes Parisiennes Offers Delicious Flavors and Care-​Free Moments

by Dave DeSimone
No food evokes the bohemian spirit of Parisian street life better than hot crêpes served with either savory or sweet fillings to order. Add a glass of crisp, fizzy cider, and your cares melt away in the pleasures of the moment.

The Cicadas Are Back

“I think they’ll miss the party,” said John Wenzel, director of Powdermill Nature Reserve when I sent him these photographs of a cicada nymph shedding its skin. The nymph hatched too early, he told me, and will have difficulty finding a mate.

“A Masked Affair” Raises $500,000 for Pittsburgh Public Theater

More than 400 people went all out for Pittsburgh Public Theater’s “A Masked Affair,” which took place on Friday, May 17 at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh, Downtown. The vibe in the King’s Garden Ballroom was fresh and fun as light poured in to illuminate bedazzled guests mingling during cocktails in…

Remembering the Summer of ’69

by Diane Vrabel
In the summer of 1969, my best friend was my transistor radio. With the radio glued to my ear, I spent hours daydreaming in the backyard, grooving to soulful sounds like Sly and the Family Stone singing “Hot Fun in the Summertime.”

Maecenas XXXV Concludes Opera’s 80th Season

Pittsburgh Opera concluded its 80th season with its annual Maecenas fundraiser gala on Saturday, May 18.

Reeling in the Big One

by Greg Curtis
AONE made a grandiloquent gesture with his arm, saying, “These are all my paintings.” They were hung around the four walls of the giant loft and it looked to me like there might be a thousand of them.

Big Green Block Party Celebrates Phipps’ Newest Green Building

Over 500 people attended Phipps’ Big Green Block Party on the evening of Thursday, May 16 to celebrate the best sustainable Pittsburgh has to offer, including the opening of Phipps’ newest green building, the Exhibit Staging Center.

Lear in the Furnace: A Review of Quantum Theatre’s “King Lear”

Attending a Quantum Theatre production can be like traveling to one of those crazy destination weddings where they make you climb up some precipitous volcano to reach the venue, while you ponder the wedding planner’s sanity. You know the view will be fantastic, but is the journey worth it? In…
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