Sustainable Investment Types and Accounts

The “investing” in sustainable investing can refer to many different investment types and accounts. This page provides a brief overview of investment types and accounts where sustainable investment options are available. Click on the images to learn more.

Investment Types

Bonds whose issuers use the funds for sustainable activities such as clean energy are increasing in availability.

Mutual Funds and ETFs have been investment vehicles of choice for sustainable investors, starting as early as the 1970s.

Stocks in corporations taking sustainable actions at a people, policy, and product level are available for purchase by investors.


Employer sponsored tax-sheltered retirement accounts, e.g. 401(ks) and 403(b)s, can include sustainable investments. Employee demand is a major driver for employers adding a sustainable option to their retirement plan offerings.

Traditional Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) and Roth IRAs are tax-sheltered retirement accounts from which investors can make a variety of sustainable investments.

Savings accounts can be opened in sustainable options including fossil free banks, local credit units, and community development finance institutions.

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