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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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 ...


Student Bus and Bike Programs Fee

  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)

Allows students unlimited use of public transportation (Student RTD Pass) including light rail in Boulder County, Broomfield, Westminster, and Denver; includes SkyRide to Denver International Airport (DIA). Does not includes ...


Green Fee Fund

  • Lewis & Clark College (OR)

The Green Fee Fund was established by student legislation in order to allocate a surplus in the green fee used to purchase renewable energy certificates (REC) for the Green Power ...


REFund Grant Program

  • Northland College (WI)

The REFund, formerly called the Renewable Energy Fund, is a student-administered grant program that funds projects designed to enhance sustainability and increase energy efficiency on the Northland College campus. The ...


Green Fund

  • Goucher College (MD)

The Green Fund was created in 2013 by the combined efforts of students and administration to help support student activities and initiatives that will nurture an inclusive campus community that ...


Green St. Mary's Revolving Fund

  • St. Mary's College of Maryland (MD)

The Green St. Mary’s Revolving Fund is a revolving loan fund that supplies money for green projects at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. When GSMRF funds a sustainable ...


Green EDGE Fund

  • Oberlin College (OH)

The Green EDGE Fund finances environmental projects on the Oberlin College campus and occasionally in the Oberlin community. The Green EDGE Fund is financed by fees from the student body ...


Student Sustainability Fee Fund

  • University of Alaska Fairbanks (AK)

In the Spring of 2009 the students of UAF voted to have a $20 fee levied upon all students in the interests of sustainability. The fee is what is now ...


Campus Sustainability Fund

  • Hendrix College (AR)

The goal of the Campus Sustainability Fund is to empower students and the Hendrix community to invest in creating a more sustainable and environmentally responsible campus by funding projects and ...


Green Fee

  • College of William & Mary (VA)

In the fall of 2008, the College of William and Mary (VA) implemented a $15 per semester green fee. The green fee, initially proposed by the Student Environmental Action Coalition ...


Green Fund

  • Centre College (KY)

In 2007, in a student-initiated ballot, 82% of the student population voted for the adoption of a Green Fund, which requires each Centre student to pay a $20 surcharge on ...


Green Fund

  • Southern Oregon University (OR)

The Green Fund is a self-imposed student fee of $10-$15 per term paid by each student. While some of the money is used to support large campus projects the ...


Renewable Energy Fee

  • Western Colorado University (CO)

Optional fees include Mountaineer Field House ($200), Renewable Energy ($30) and Scholarly Activity ($20).


Student Green Energy Fund

  • University of South Florida (FL)

Currently enrolled students, faculty, and staff are invited to turn your brilliant ideas – small or large – into formal proposals for outcome-driven projects to help our Tampa campus conserve energy, reduce ...


Campus Sustainability Fund

  • Paul Smith's College of Arts & Sciences (NY)

Every PSC student contributes an annual $30 fee which goes directly into the fund! PSC students, faculty, and staff develop projects and apply for Campus Sustainability Fund Grants. The Sustainability ...


Green Action Fund

  • Kansas State University (KS)

The Green Action Fund is a joint project of the Office of Sustainability with the Student Governing Association to fund projects that enhance the sustainability of the K-State campuses.


Student Campus Greening Fund

  • Green Mountain College (VT)

The Student Campus Greening Fund (SCGF) is a student-run program designed to help put greening initiatives into action that increase awareness about sustainability issues, decrease the school’s ecological impact ...


Clean Energy Grant

  • Evergreen State College, The (WA)

In January 2005, 91% of voting students at Evergreen State College supported a $1 per credit fee increase (up to $20.00 maximum per quarter) to purchase renewable energy and ...


Green Energy Fee

  • Eastern University (PA)

The Green Energy Fee enables Eastern University to buy electric power from wind energy sources. The Student Government Association (SGA) has asked that the University assess an annual fee of ...


Energy Retrofit Fund

  • University of Guelph (ON)

A Student Energy Retrofit fee of $12.12 is charged for each student.


Campus Sustainability Programs Fee

  • University of California, Santa Cruz (CA)

Distributes funds to student organizations for programs and events that facilitate collaboration between students, administration, faculty, and the community to create, implement, and monitor environmentally sound practices on campus.


The Green Initiative Fund

  • University of California, San Diego (CA)

The Green Initiative Fund, or TGIF for short, is an initiative to give students the opportunity to make an impact on UCSD's campus sustainability while also having the chance ...


Coastal Fund

  • University of California, Santa Barbara (CA)

The Coastal Fund (CF) was created and is funded by the students at the University of California, Santa Barbara in order to preserve and enhance the ecological integrity of the ...


Sustainability, Equity and Justice Fund (Formerly Sustainability Action Fund)

  • Western Washington University (WA)

The Sustainability, Equity and Justice Fund Grant Program promotes student development opportunities through the implementation and support of sustainable environmental, social, human health and economic practices at Western Washington University ...


Student Health Center Green Building Fee

  • University of California, Santa Cruz (CA)

Funds the purchase and installation of green materials, implements green practices, and obtains a U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design "Silver" certification for the Cowell ...


Recycling Student Fee

A fee of $10.12 per student per semester supports the Wyoming recycling program.


Clean Energy Fund

  • University of Vermont (VT)

The Clean Energy Fund (CEF) was created in response to students’ vision of the University of Vermont running efficiently on a fraction of its current energy needs, powered by clean ...


Green Fee

  • University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (TN)

A Green Fee of $10 per semester is applied to every undergraduate and graduate student.


Sustainable Campus Fee

  • University of Memphis (TN)

All full-time students pay a $10 Sustainable Campus Fee, commonly known as the Green Fee, each fall and spring semester. This fee was initiated by students and began in 2007 ...


Student Sustainability Fund

  • Knox College (IL)

The Student Sustainability Fund was established in 2008 and collected $5 from each student, each term, toward a fund amounting to approximately $15,000 per year. Since 2008 students have ...


ECOllective Fund

  • College of Charleston (SC)

Each student pays a Green Fee each semester to the ECOllective Fund that supports projects and initiatives that contribute to sustainability at the College of Charleston. A portion of the ...


Associated Students Sustainability Fund

  • California State University, Chico (CA)

In 2006, students voted to increase their fees by $5/semester to support the creation of the AS Sustainability Program and Fund. There is approximately $50,000 each semester for ...


Sustainable Campus Fee

  • Austin Peay State University (TN)

Since 2007 every student at APSU has been billed $10 per semester along with tuition to contribute to the Sustainable Campus Fee (SCF). This fee was created in response to ...


Sustainability Fee

  • Western Michigan University (MI)

The Student Sustainability grants are available to students paying the campus Sustainability Fee, which students approved by vote in 2010. WMU's Student Sustainability Grant Program awarded $10,928 to ...


The Green Initiative Fund

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF) is UC Berkeley’s Campus Green Fund. TGIF provides funding, via grants, for projects that improve and support UC Berkeley’s campus sustainability efforts. TGIF ...


Green Fee Program

  • Tennessee Technological University (TN)

In fall 2005, 89% of voting students at Tennessee Tech supported an $8 per semester fee increase to purchase renewable energy and fund the installation of renewable energy and energy ...


Clean Energy Fee

  • Middle Tennessee State University (TN)

A Clean Energy standing committee has been established to administer the funds generated by the $8 per student per semester Clean Energy fee. Members of this Clean Energy Committee include ...


Campus Sustainability Fee

  • East Tennessee State University (TN)

Since 2008, the Campus Sustainability Fee (CSF) has been used to support a variety of sustainability related projects and initiatives on campus, ranging from installations of motion sensor lighting and ...


Sustainable Food, Health, and wellness fee

  • University of California, Santa Cruz (CA)

Provides funding for programming and educational support related to sustainable food and health and wellness initiatives for undergraduate students.


Sustainability Fund

  • Brandeis University (MA)

The Brandeis Sustainability Fund provides financial support for Brandeis undergraduate students willing to undertake projects and/or activities to improve Brandeis’s environmental sustainability. Recognizing the importance of environmental stewardship ...


Humboldt Energy Independence Fund (HEIR)

  • Humboldt State University (CA)

The Humboldt Energy Independence Fund is a student-run organization that focuses on creating a more sustainable campus by implementing projects inspired from student ideas. Some notable projects include the installation ...

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).

Investment & Finance Partners