Investment & Finance

Introduction

Collectively, colleges and universities invest hundreds of billions of dollars. Like other decisions that institutions make, these investments have impacts that are both local and global in scope. Institutions with transparent and democratic investment processes promote accountability and engagement by the campus and community. By using the tools of sustainable investing, institutions can improve the long-term health of their endowments, encourage better corporate behavior, support innovation in sustainable products and services, support sustainability in their community, and help build a more just and sustainable financial system.

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Lessons Learned from Two Longstanding Green Funds Membership Required

  • Portland Community College (OR)
  • Utah State University (UT)

Let's take a look at how one community college and one university are playing a vital role in reducing green house gas emissions and working towards achieving carbon neutrality ...

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Green Funds: How Students Use Their Money to Build a Better Campus and Community Membership Required

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)
  • University of Utah (UT)

This session covers 2 case studies: A green fund at UC Berkeley and a student-driven Revolving Loan Fund at the University of Utah 1. The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF) is ...

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We're Divesting! Where can we Move our Money? Membership Required

  • National Union of Students

Working with others in the Divest-Invest movement this workshop will present the steps that can be taken once a fossil fuel divestment commitment has been secured. The workshop will cover ...

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Climate Leadership Network Carbon Offset Projects Networking Membership Required

  • Clarkson University (NY)
  • Second Nature (MA)

This networking meeting will focus on the development of carbon offset projects for colleges and universities. An advisory group formed after a networking session at last year's AASHE conference ...

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Using Campus Solar Deployment Roadmaps to Guide University Investment Membership Required

  • Second Nature (MA)
  • Intentional Endowments Network (MA)
  • Midwest Renewable Energy Association (WI)

With support from the U.S. Department of Energy's SunShot Initiative, the Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) has been working to develop approaches and define opportunities for on- and ...

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Finance 201: Financial Analysis and Your Campus Projects Membership Required

  • Sustainable Endowments Institute (MA)
  • Second Nature (MA)

Campus sustainability professionals must frequently build the business case for their work. While they are well versed in environmental issues, knowledge of financial terms may be necessary to write a ...

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Higher Education Endowments & the Paris Climate Agreement: Investing for a Sustainable Future Membership Required

  • Sustainable Endowments Institute (MA)
  • Second Nature (MA)
  • Cambridge Associates (VA)
  • Impax Asset Management
  • Intentional Endowments Network (MA)

Higher education has been leading by example on climate change, striving for climate neutrality in campus operations and promoting education, research, and community engagement for climate solutions. In recent years ...

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Getting it Done - Building a Team and Value Proposition for Large Scale Renewables - Part 2 Membership Required

  • American University (DC)
  • George Washington University (DC)
  • Second Nature (MA)
  • CustomerFirst Renewables (MD)

This two part working session will help participants overcome two hurdles that have held back a wider adoption of large-scale renewable projects in the higher education: (1) establishing a team ...

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Getting it Done - Building a Team and Value Proposition for Large Scale Renewables - Part 1 Membership Required

  • American University (DC)
  • George Washington University (DC)
  • Second Nature (MA)
  • CustomerFirst Renewables (MD)

This two part working session will help participants overcome two hurdles that have held back a wider adoption of large-scale renewable projects in the higher education: (1) establishing a team ...

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Sustainability in Higher Education Retirement Plans. Membership Required

  • Green Retirement, Inc.

Higher education institutions are critical in advancing sustainability. Given the threat of climate change to human health and wellbeing, sustainability must permeate all aspects of an institution's fabric. A ...

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Embolden Facilities and Finance Office Collaborations for Sustainability Membership Required

  • Association of Higher Education Facilities Officers (APPA) (VA)
  • National Association of College & University Business Officers (DC)

Two major national association organizations - representing facilities and business offices - will highlight collaborations, programs, and developments regarding sustainability that cross boundaries for success. Collaboration with these units, within a campus ...

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Financing Sustainability and How to REALLY Talk to the Business Office Membership Required

  • Edinboro University of Pennsylvania (PA)
  • Slippery Rock University (PA)
  • National Association of College & University Business Officers (DC)

Two experienced vice presidents of finance will briefly discuss some of their accomplishments in sustainability and their partners at the campus that have helped or hindered. They have changed laws ...

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Internal Carbon Pricing: Designing and Implementing Campus Climate Policies with Vassar, Swarthmore, and Yale Membership Required

  • Swarthmore College (PA)
  • Vassar College (NY)
  • Yale University (CT)

In the absence of federal or international carbon markets, higher education has a momentous opportunity to model institutional capacity to put a price on carbon. The goal of this panel ...

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Learn how to Launch a University Surplus Program and Start Making Real Money for Sustainability While Reducing Your Waste Membership Required

  • Drexel University (PA)
  • Temple University (PA)

Universities invest in equipment and facilities to stay competitive. While these acquisitions are needed, much of the 'obsolete' equipment offers value to a secondary market. Nationally, universities are extracting value ...

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The State of Campus Green Funds in 2016 Membership Required

  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (IL)
  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)
  • University of Minnesota, Morris (MN)

In 2013, AASHE published the How-To Guide: Campus Green Fund Implementation. Green funds have evolved since the original publication, identifying a need to review and discuss new green fund trends ...

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Catalyzing a Culture of Sustainability on Campus: the Sustainability Projects Fund (SPF) of McGill University Membership Required

  • McGill University (QC)

The Sustainability Projects Fund (SPF) of McGill University was created in 2010 to catalyze a culture of sustainability on its campuses. The SPF is one of the largest dedicated sustainability ...

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Establishing a Sustainability Grant Fund to Promote Sustainability Related Research for Students and Faculty Membership Required

  • Thompson Rivers University (BC)

Thompson Rivers University (TRU) established the Sustainability Grant Fund (SGF) to promote and encourage sustainability-related research at TRU and within the broader community. The SGF provides up to $100,000 ...

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Establishing a Student Green Fund at Your University Membership Required

  • University of Nebraska - Lincoln (NE)

At the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, a student-led effort recently succeeded with the establishment of a student green fund. The green fund currently provides approximately $46,000 per year to be ...

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A Unique Partnership With Our Utility Company Membership Required

  • University of San Diego (CA)

In 2009, the University of San Diego (USD) applied to become part of the Local Governments Partnerships in San Diego through San Diego Gas and Electric. The request was approved ...

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Furman University's Energy Efficiency Eco-philanthropy Project Membership Required

  • Furman University (SC)

During the 2015 - 2016 academic year, The Environmental Community of Students, a first year engaged living program at Furman University, received an $80,000 donation from a local donor to ...

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Novel cost-neutral programs that advance your campus waste reduction goals Membership Required

  • GreeniPhi (VA)

As budgets are slashed on campuses, realizing ambitious sustainability goals requires novel thinking in order to create self-financed and cost-neutral projects. Experiential fundraisers may not seem to be the clearest ...

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UC Berkeley's The Green Initiative Fund: Strategies and lessons learned from renewing a green fund Membership Required

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

Campus green funds have become symbols of empowerment for the student body. By providing funding towards sustainability projects and initiatives, green funds promote innovation, student leadership, and help bridge the ...

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Advancing Sustainability - Green Grants Program Membership Required

  • New York University (NY)

Since 2007 New York University's Green Grants program has awarded funding to students, faculty and staff with ideas or projects that advance sustainability. Improving the university's environmental performance ...

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Campus-Scale Water Reuse Solutions to Enhance Water Sustainability in Higher Ed Membership Required

  • Sustainable Water, LLC (VA)

Water reclamation and reuse is vital for bulk-water consumers, like college campuses, to meet water supply challenges. Campus-scale reclaimed water projects, like the WaterHub® at Emory University, are becoming increasingly ...

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Business Sustainability 2.0: Moving from Enterprise Integration to Market Transformation and the Necessary Changes in the Business System Membership Required

  • University of Michigan (MI)

Enterprise Integration has been with us since the mid 1990s. It involves integrating sustainability into existing business logics (such as operational efficiency, cost of capital, consumer demand, etc.) and the ...

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A Case Example for B-Schools: Energy and Economic Opportunity in Modernizing the Grid Membership Required

  • Skidmore College (NY)

Changing regulatory environments are creating economic (and business higher ed) opportunity. The current re-envisioning the energy (REV) proceeding in New York before the public service commission represents a regulatory proceeding ...

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Framework for Implementing Change Membership Required

  • Green Whys Consulting (TX)

Business schools seeking to integrate sustainability into business education can benefit from the same change management framework leveraged in corporate transformations. 'Change management' is to business education change what LEED ...

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Colloquium on Sustainability in Business Higher Education Discussion Membership Required

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

We are agents of change, and realize that sustainability is the future of business and business education. Higher education institutions are in the initial phases of examining this question, with ...

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The Economics of Sustainability: Using Microeconomic Principles to Teach Sustainability Membership Required

  • Aquinas College (MI)

As a means to support a sustainable business program at Aquinas College, principles of microeconomics courses take on a unique sustainability focus. Here the concepts of consumption and production are ...

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Utilizing Carbon Offsets To Fulfil the Second Nature Climate Leadership Commitments Membership Required

  • Ball State University (IN)
  • Colgate University (NY)
  • Oberlin College (OH)
  • Second Nature (MA)

This session will give an overview of the new guidelines for utilizing carbon offsets as part of the Second Nature Climate Commitments and highlight a sampling of some of the ...

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Renewable Energy for Colleges: Onsite and Virtual Solar Solutions Membership Required

  • NRG Energy, Inc

Procuring renewable energy is expanding beyond its obvious value as the environmentally responsible thing to do; now it's increasingly becoming an economically viable option, as well. Colleges and universities ...

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Funding Campus Sustainability with Student Green Fee Grants: Campus Collaborations are Greater than the Sum of their Parts Membership Required

  • Georgia Southern University (GA)

Georgia Southern University's Center for Sustainability is partly funded by a $10 student fee, proposed by students. The fees finance a grant program that has funded >$650,000 ...

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Engaging Investment Managers on Proxy Voting & Other Forms of Shareholder Engagement Membership Required

  • Intentional Endowments Network (MA)

The Intentional Endowments Network's "Engaging Investment Managers on Proxy Voting & Other Forms of Shareholder Engagement" document outlines potential questions for investment managers on their proxy voting and other ...

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The Business Case for ESG Briefing Paper Membership Required

  • Intentional Endowments Network (MA)

The Intentional Endowments Network's "Business Case for ESG Briefing Paper" was developed to help endowment stakeholders understand what Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) investing is, how ESG investing and ...

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White Paper: Investing in Clean Energy: Campuses and Endowments Membership Required

  • Intentional Endowments Network (MA)

The Intentional Endowments Network's new report titled “Investing in Clean Energy: Campuses and Endowments” was designed to encourage conversation about the financial and societal benefits of clean energy investments ...

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Bringing Responsible Investment to Campus: A Handbook for Committees on Investor Responsibiity Membership Required

  • Responsible Endowments Coalition (PA)

This toolkit is intended to be a guide to the creation, organization, and operation of Committees on Investor Responsibility that function effectively. Many schools have adopted the model of the ...

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People's Climate March Membership Required

  • Unity College (ME)

Unity College students participate in the People's Climate March. Unity College was the first to divest its endowment from fossil fuels.

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Sustainability 2020 Membership Required

  • Green Mountain College (VT)

Ten years ago, students in an honors seminar investigated ways to reduce Green Mountain College’s ecological footprint. The class identified the biggest source of carbon emissions–the college’s ...

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Supporting Solar Energy through a Student-Financed Renewable Energy Initiative Membership Required

  • Appalachian State University (NC)
  • Second Nature (MA)
  • Midwest Renewable Energy Association (WI)

The "Solar University Network: Innovation in Solar Energy Finance & Development" case study series highlights higher education investment in solar energy projects. The purpose of these case studies is to ...

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Public College Foundation Investment in Solar Membership Required

  • Wake Technical Community College (NC)
  • Second Nature (MA)
  • Midwest Renewable Energy Association (WI)

The “Solar University Network: Innovation in Solar Energy Finance & Development” case study series highlights higher education investment in solar energy projects. The purpose of these case studies is to ...

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Third-Party, Supporter-Financed Campus Solar: An Approach and a Partnership that Works Membership Required

  • Luther College (IA)
  • Second Nature (MA)
  • Midwest Renewable Energy Association (WI)

The “Solar University Network: Innovation in Solar Energy Finance & Development” case study series highlights higher education investment in solar energy projects. The purpose of these case studies is to ...

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Pack Forest at UW Membership Required

  • University of Washington, Seattle (WA)

Pack Forest is a working forest and owned by the University of Washington. Located outside of Eatonville, Wash., the University of Washington’s Pack Forest began with the purchase of ...


SUNY Polytechnic Institute Sustainability Path Membership Required

  • State University of New York Polytechnic Institute (NY)

Solar PV and small wind turbine demonstration project funded by SUNY Small Grant Sustainability Fund


Harnessing the Power of Solar Membership Required

  • University of California, Merced (CA)

The Science and Engineering Building 2 features solar panels on the outside to help power the building and provide shade during the hottest months.

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Implementation Model: Tying Energy Costs to Building Occupants Membership Required

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)
  • United States Department of Energy

UC Berkeley's Energy Management Initiative (EMI) targets building occupants through building surveys and energy dashboards, and allocates energy cost responsibility to individual campus operating units to achieve savings of ...

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Building Community Investment at New York University Membership Required

  • New York University (NY)

Anchor institutions – large non-profit organizations like colleges, universities, or hospitals that are tied to a place by infrastructure and mission – should be harnessed to positively affect the growth of the ...

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Raising Student Voices: Student Action for University Community Investment Membership Required

  • University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (TX)
  • Responsible Endowments Coalition (PA)
  • University of Pennsylvania (PA)
  • University of Chicago (IL)
  • American University (DC)
  • Duke University (NC)
  • Fordham University (NY)
  • Loyola University New Orleans (LA)
  • Case Western Reserve University (OH)
  • Wesleyan University (CT)
  • University of San Francisco (CA)

This report from The Democracy Collaborative and the Responsible Endowments Coalition seeks to connect struggling communities to local institutional wealth through engaging student activism. The report profiles three administration-led initiatives ...

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Rationale of early adopters of fossil fuel divestment Membership Required

  • Lake Forest College (IL)

Purpose This research uses the social science perspectives of institutions, ecological modernization and social movements to analyze the rationale used by the early-adopting universities of fossil fuel divestment in the ...

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Sustainabiliy Impact Fund Membership Required

  • Northwestern University (IL)

This project is a student-led initiative to allow Northwestern alumni to donate to supporting sustainability initiatives on our campus. Titled the Sustainability Impact Fund, this initiative includes directed fundraising efforts ...

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Middlebury College's Innovative Land Conservation and Financing Project Membership Required

  • Middlebury College (VT)

In 1915, a visionary Vermont environmentalist bequeathed to Middlebury College a large tract of land, located 12 miles from the main campus, part of which became home to the College ...

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This tab provides access to data collected through AASHE’s Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS). STARS is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance. STARS enables meaningful comparisons over time and across institutions using a common set of measurements developed with broad participation from the campus sustainability community. Additional content and advanced benchmarking tools will be added to this tab over time.

Programs and Initiatives

The following links connect to specific Content Displays on the STARS website (AASHE membership and log-in required).

Scores

The following link connects to the Score Display on the STARS website (AASHE membership and log-in required).

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