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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Chancellor's Green Fund Grant

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

The annual CACS Sustainability Innovation Grants program enables members of the UC Berkeley campus community to undertake projects that will create a greener, more environmentally sustainable campus -- while saving resources ...


Equity Enhancement Fund

  • University of British Columbia (BC)

The Equity Enhancement Fund (EEF) supports community-based initiatives that enhance equity, diversity, and inclusion at UBC. Preference will be given to initiatives which: Build student, faculty, and staff competencies and ...


Workplace Sustainability Fund

  • University of British Columbia (BC)

The Workplace Sustainability Fund awards UBC Sustainability Coordinators with up to $1,000 to support sustainability initiatives in their units. The fund was launched in September 2009 as a funding ...


Sustainability Revolving Fund

  • University of British Columbia (BC)

UBC has launched the Sustainability Revolving Fund, which provides a minimum loan of $10,000 for projects that reduce consumption of energy, water or other resources – supporting UBC’s sustainability ...


Sustainability Committee Research Grant

  • University of Arkansas at Little Rock (AR)

The Sustainability Committee holds a number of annual competitions to promote the principles of sustainability and to encourage sustainable behavior on the UALR campus.


Sustainability Investment Fund

  • University of Alabama at Birmingham (AL)

UAB students can apply for funding to pursue projects related to sustainability on campus! The fund is a collaborative program of UAB Sustainability and the Division of Student Affairs. The ...


Presidential Green Grant Program

  • Union College - NY (NY)

The Presidential Green Grant Program helps put student ideas into action. Proposals are accepted for the following categories: 1) Campus projects: These are projects that will make Union more sustainable ...


Coca Cola Student Sustainability Grant

  • The Ohio State University (OH)

The Office of Student Life and Coca Cola offer the Student Sustainability Grant for student-led initiatives that support The Ohio State University’s goal to reduce greenhouse gases, conserve resources ...


The New Path Contest

  • The New School (NY)

The New School considers sustainability in its broadest terms and invite applicants to do so as well. Projects can involve anything from environmentalism and recycling to access to better food ...


Green Fee Fund

  • Purchase College - State University of New York (NY)

The Green Fee Fund was established in 2012 and sustains through annual Mandatory Student Activities Fees (MSAF) as part of Purchase Student Government Association (PSGA). The purpose of the fund ...


High Meadows Foundation Sustainability Fund

  • Princeton University (NJ)

The High Meadows Foundation Sustainability Fund requests proposals for initiatives with measurable outcomes that will contribute to cultivating a sustainability ethos on campus, in service to the world. In particular ...


Green Revolving Fund

  • Portland State University (OR)

The Green Revolving Fund (GRF) is a revolving fund that provides funding for efficiency projects across campus that support energy reduction and climate action goals. The initial fund was set ...


President's Sustainability Fund

  • Pomona College (CA)

Thanks to the generosity of President Oxtoby, the President's Advisory Committee on Sustainability administers a fund for student campus sustainability projects. Since 2007 this fund has granted over $40 ...


Sustainability Fund

  • Oregon State University (OR)

The OSU Sustainability Fund enables members of the campus community to support sustainability at Oregon State University. Donations can support a variety of projects and initiatives. Gifts in any amount ...


Renewable Energy and Sustainability Fund

  • Occidental College (CA)

The ASOC Renewable Energy & Sustainability Fund was established by students of Occidental College to help fund projects that make Occidental a more environmentally sustainable community. Our mission is to ...


Green Grants

  • New York University (NY)

NYU Green Grants are awarded to improve the university's operational environmental performance, foster environmental literacy and community engagement, advance applied research and design, and demonstrate the viability of best ...


Green Fund

  • Mississippi State University (MS)

The Green Fund is a program at MSU that gives students, faculty, and staff the opportunity to contribute to a fund that is specifically allocated for sustainability projects, student involvement ...


Green Revolving Loan Fund

  • Middlebury College (VT)

The green revolving loan fund (RLF) is a $300,000 fund for energy and resource conservation projects at Middlebury College. The fund will provide loans for campus projects that have ...


Environmental Council Grants

  • Middlebury College (VT)

The Environmental Council manages an innovative grant program designed to inspire environmental leadership across the campus through sustainability initiatives. Past projects include establishing a community bike shop, studying the wind ...


Revolving Green Fund

  • Miami University (OH)

The mission of the Miami University Revolving Green Fund (MURGF) is to encourage the growth and development of environmentally sound technologies and practices at Miami University and the greater Oxford ...


World Water and Food Security Fund

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MA)

This fund enables MIT alumni/ae and friends to support the Jameel World Water and Food Security Lab (J-WAFS). The mission of J-WAFS is to alleviate the problems of water ...


Environmental Solutions Initiative (ESI) Fund

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MA)

This fund enables MIT alumni/ae and friends to support the Environmental Solutions Initiative's work to foster multi-disciplinary, multi-sector research, education, and convening.


MIT Energy Initiative Fund

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MA)

The MIT Energy Initiative is MIT’s hub for energy research, education, and outreach. Through these three pillars, we help develop the technologies and solutions that will deliver clean, affordable ...


Campus Sustainability Small Project Fund

  • Macalester College (MN)

The Sustainability Office funds small on-campus projects that promote sustainability through creative action, advance Macalester’s Sustainability Plan, and uphold the core values of the College. Projects should encourage collaboration ...


Lane's Living Green Revolving Fund

  • Lane Community College (OR)

Lane established a fund for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects in 2006. In January 2016, Lane Community College replaced its original Energy Carryover reinvestment fund in favor of a ...


Sustainability Initiatives Fund

  • Johnson County Community College (KS)

The Sustainability Initiatives Fund is a made possible by a $1 per credit hour contribution by JCCC students. The fund was born in fall 2009 when a team of JCCC ...


Live Green Revolving Loan Fund

  • Iowa State University (IA)

The Live Green! Revolving Loan Fund provides interest-free loans for campus projects that promote energy conservation and sustainability and provide a return on the investment through increased efficiencies including (but ...


Green Revolving Fund

  • Harvard University (MA)

The Green Revolving Fund (GRF) is a $12 million revolving fund that provides capital for high-performance campus design, operations, maintenance, and occupant behavior projects. Basic project eligibility guidelines state that ...


Sustainable Revolving Fund (SURF)

  • Hampshire College (MA)

The Hampshire College Sustainability Revolving Fund (SURF) provides loans for campus improvement projects that benefit Hampshire's sustainability by improving efficiency and conserving resources. The SURF exists to foster student ...


Green Revolving Loan Fund (GRLF)

  • Green Mountain College (VT)

On campus, we have a $30,000 Green Revolving Loan Fund (GRLF), which was started in 2012 as part of the Billion Dollar Green Challenge, run by the Sustainable Endowments ...


Sustainability Reinvestment Fund

  • Grand Valley State University (MI)

The Reinvestment Fund has been established through the contributions of various departments and auxiliaries including: Finance and Administration, Campus Dining, University Bookstore, Student Senate, and the Office of Sustainability Practices ...


Campus Energy and Sustainability Investment Program

  • Georgia Institute of Technology (GA)

Georgia Tech’s Campus Energy and Sustainability Investment Program helps bridge the disconnect between Capital and Operating Budgets to ensure that the campus continues to model its commitment to sustainability ...


Student Climate Action Revolving Fund

  • Furman University (SC)

SCARF is a revolving loan fund for student-led projects that will promote conservation and sustainability on campus. The fund will finance conservation projects that will generate direct or indirect revenue ...


Green Fund

  • Florida State University (FL)

The Green Fund provides an opportunity for the campus community to realize their ideas for sustainability and environmental progress at FSU. It is intended to provide experience with the development ...


Sustainability Institute Student Led Projects Mini-Grants

  • Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FL)

FAMU students are actively and enthusiastically engaged in taking sustainability principles out of the classroom into their campus and communities. The Sustainability Institute, through generous donations from private and corporate ...


Green Lab and Green Office Incentives Fund

  • Emory University (GA)

Green Lab and Green Office grants are awarded each fall. Certified Green Offices or certified Green Labs can receive up to $5,000. Funds may be used for supplies, materials ...


Sustainability Revolving Fund

  • Emory University (GA)

The Sustainability Revolving Fund Working Group oversees Emory University’s $1.5 million revolving fund dedicated to funding energy and water efficiency projects that pay a return over time. Those ...


Sustainability and Social Justice Incentives Fund

  • Emory University (GA)

General Sustainability and Social Justice Fund grants are awarded each fall. General Sustainability and Social Justice grants are for up to $3,000. Funds may be used for supplies, materials ...


Sustainability Fund

  • Edgewood College (WI)

In 2011, Edgewood became founding members of the Billion Dollar Green Challenge. It has committed a portion of its endowment to a revolving green fund to help finance energy efficiency ...


Sustainability Fee

  • Drury University (MO)

The Student Government Association of Drury University implemented a student sustainability fee to help increase importance of taking a leadership position in sustainable efforts in the Springfield and global community ...


Sustainability Revolving Fund

  • Connecticut College (CT)

The purpose of the Sustainability Revolving Fund (SRF) is to promote sustainability objectives by funding innovative projects, proposed by members of the Connecticut College community, that produce significant cost savings ...


CSB Sustainability & Resilience Revolving Fund (SRRF)

  • College of Saint Benedict (MN)

CSB's Sustainability & Resilience Revolving Fund (SRRF) provides financial capital to support innovative projects proposed by members of the CSB/SJU community which promote sustainability and resilience at CSB ...


Sustainability Fund

  • Colgate University (NY)

The Colgate Sustainability Fund was established by the Class Gift of 2008 and continues to be supported by donors who are interested in encouraging Colgate to adopt a more sustainable ...


Green Revolving Fund

  • Catawba College (NC)

The college created the Green Revolving Fund (GRF) to finance on-campus investments in clean energy and resource reduction. Catawba is one of dozens of institutions, mainly colleges and universities, in ...


Caltech Energy Conservation Investment Program (CECIP)

  • California Institute of Technology (CA)

Caltech's green revolving loan fund is called the Caltech Energy Conservation Investment Program (CECIP). CECIP is the process by which capital to implement energy conservation measures is borrowed from ...


Sustainability Revolving Fund

  • British Columbia Institute of Technology (BC)

The Revolving Fund for Sustainability Initiatives is a program which provides seed funding for BCIT schools and departments that wish to undertake energy/green initiatives. The funding is provided in ...


Sustainability Revolving Loan Fund

  • Boston University (MA)

BU established the Sustainability Revolving Loan Fund in 2008 with $1 million to invest in the University’s clean energy projects. On October 22, 2014, National Campus Sustainability Day, BU ...


Sustainability Initiatives Revolving Fund (SIRF)

  • Arizona State University (AZ)

The Arizona State University Sustainability Initiatives Revolving Fund was established in fiscal year 2010 to invest in projects that foster and enable sustainability efforts and provide an economic return on ...


Sustainability Fund

  • American University (DC)

American University's Sustainability Fund advances the university's active pursuit of sustainability by providing financial and administrative support for campus sustainability projects developed and proposed by members of the ...


Green Revolving Fund

  • Agnes Scott College (GA)

The GRF was established in 2012 with the help of donations to help the college undertake energy efficiency projects by revolving the cost savings from each retrofit project back to ...

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

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Scores

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