What is the Sustainability Investment Leadership Council (SILC)?

Founded in 2015, the Sustainability Investment Leadership Council (SILC) works with accounting firms, law firms and investment firms to integrate sustainability as part of a firm’s overall growth strategy. We work to spark innovation by discussing ideas that align with economic opportunities and environmental, social and other stewardship to firms’ shareholders and stakeholders.

About SILC

The Sustainability Investment Leadership Council (SILC) was created to foster insight on how accountants and attorneys can incorporate sustainability practices that align economic opportunity with sustainable policies. SILC’s vision is to educate, encourage, and expand the understanding of sustainability and the impact it has on profitability based on policy, measurability and standards.

Our Mission

SILC works with the investment community to understand, measure and integrate sustainability best practices as part of an overall growth strategy.

Our Commitment

We are committed to integrating sustainability practices with the accounting, legal and investment professions. We believe that sustainability drives growth, profitability and company longevity. SILC was created to bridge ideas and insights together to identify emerging opportunities in the field of accounting and legal profession.

Our Solution

SILC brings together corporate leaders, academia and government to educate and provide practical solutions that help companies navigate sustainability policy, define emerging opportunities and manage risk.

The SILCNY Committee.

Stanley Goldstein
Sarah Tomolonius
Sachin Sawhney

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Co-Founder and Chairman


Stanley Goldstein

Stanley Goldstein launched a solo firm in 1964 which became Goldstein, Golub & Kessler,(now part of McGladrey). His work with City Associates, one of the earliest hedge funds, led to an expertise in that sector. He now runs a private equity fund with investments in Gerson Lehrman Group, Novus, Artivest, Clear-Serve and equalitycardproject.com. He is the founder of several non-profits including American Friends of James Joyce and Donors’ Forum, a roundtable of grant-making foundations and family offices. Mr. Goldstein is a graduate of Brooklyn College and the founder of The New York Hedge Fund Roundtable.

Co-founder/Conference Chair, SILC

Vice President

Sarah Tomolonius

Sarah is the Vice President of Marketing and Investor Relations at Arlon Group, a food and agriculture investment firm focused on investing in the Americas. She joined Arlon in 2010 and held a prior role as Senior Professional, Management Reporting and Analytics. Prior to joining Arlon, she was an Investor Relations Associate with Citi Private Equity/StepStone Group LLC from 2008-2010; a Research Analyst with Edelman from 2005-2007; and a Program Assistant for the Water and Coastal Program of the Natural Resources Defense Council from 2002-2005. Sarah serves as President on the Board of HeARTs Speak, on the Young Executive Board of iMentor, on the Executive Council of the Alumni Council at the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) at Columbia University and as Chair of the Sustainability Committee and on the Management Committee of the New York Hedge Fund Roundtable. Sarah received her BA in English from Vassar College and her MPA from SIPA at Columbia University, where she received a fellowship for International Finance and Policy.

Co-Founder and Director


Sachin Sawhney

Sachin Sawhney is passionate in helping improve efficiency through innovative cleantech products and services for new energy systems. He is a co-founder of SILC and its director. He also founded New Energy Connect which focuses on helping midsize businesses and building owners procure cleantech innovation. He works with leading energy partners and proven startups to identify, integrate, and package products or software solutions into a monthly “as a service” model instead of traditional “ownership” model.  The partners are able to absorb the costs of design, installation, and continued service and still reduce monthly energy usage.