Investment & Finance


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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Aggie Green Fund

  • Texas A&M University (TX)

Aggie Green Fund (AGF) is a funds granting program under the Office of Sustainability that invites sustainability ideas from all members of the University community (students, faculty, and staff) to ...

UVA Clark Hall Delta Force Renovations

  • University of Virginia (VA)

The University of Virginia's Office of Sustainability within the Facilities Management department developed and currently runs the Delta Force Initiative, an internal performance contracting program. that increases energy efficiency ...

Columbia University transitions to electric intercampus buses to reduce emissions by 70%

  • Columbia University (NY)
  • New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) (NY)
  • New Flyer (MB)

In 2018, Columbia University introduced six new battery-electric transit-style buses to its intercampus shuttle network as a way to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from campus operations, improve local air ...

Generating Positive Community Energy with Millersville University's Zero Energy Lombardo Welcome Center

  • Millersville University (PA)

Millersville University leveraged the positive energy performance, utility rebates and cost savings associated with its new zero energy Lombardo Welcome Center to establish a fund that supports community engagement related ...

Associations Between Higher Education Sustainability and Alumni Giving

  • Harvard University (MA)

Remaking higher education campuses to meet climate commitments will have real and significant costs, yet many campuses are financially constrained. For most institutions, alumni giving is a significant, yet declining ...

Seattle University’s Decision to Divest from Fossil Fuels

  • Seattle University (WA)

One of Seattle University’s largest accomplishments in sustainability leadership has been the university’s recent decision to divest from fossil fuels. In September 2018, after six arduous years of ...

Does green management matter for donation intentions?: The influence of environmental consciousness and environmental importance

  • Texas A&M University (TX)

Purpose – Several factors are known to influence donations to university athletic departments including previous donations and university affiliation. This research aims to build on prior work by examining whether a ...

University of Vermont Points of Intervention Fair

  • University of Vermont (VT)

The theme surrounding the University of Vermont's Earth Week was Points of Intervention (POI). Post Landfill Action Network (PLAN) added UVM to their stops of college on their POI ...

Parametric analysis for cost-optimal renewable energy integration into residential buildings: Techno-economic model

  • Illinois State University (IL)
  • Hanyang University

Determining the optimum penetration of renewable energy systems and their associated aggregated technical and economic benefits is a growing concern for both researchers and policy makers. The purpose of this ...

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Colleges That Funded Scooter Startups Don’t Love Them on Campus

  • Michigan State University (MI)
  • University of Texas at Austin (TX)
  • AASHE (PA)
  • Bloomberg (NY)
  • Bird (CA)

This article examines why campus safety offices and the endowment managers may feel differently about scooter startups.

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Central College Student Green Fund

  • Central College (IA)

What is Green Fund? The purpose of the Central College Student Green Fund is to promote innovative student projects that further the vision of sustainability at Central College.

Who can ...

Sustainable Energy Initiative

  • Western Carolina University (NC)

The WCU Sustainable Energy Initiative is a committee of students, faculty and staff advisers that are responsible for allocating money towards the implementation of renewable energy, energy efficiency improvements, research ...

CSB Green Fund

  • College of Saint Benedict (MN)

The CSB Green Fund is an annual fund that serves as a resource to support sustainability initiatives generated by students, faculty, staff, and the monastic community, benefiting the campus and ...

Green Revolving Fund

  • Drew University (NJ)

Grant from Jesse Ball duPont fund provided seed money and was matched by Drew for a total of $150,000 to start the fund. The green revolving fund provides a ...

Eagle Fund

  • Culver Academies (IN)

Student-managed Green Revolving Fund established in April 2018. Culver Academies is a college-prep high school in Indiana

Green Fund

  • College of Lake County (IL)

Established in 2017 with incentive rebates from the utilities for retrofitting light fixtures to LED and HVAC improvements.

Clean Energy Revolving Fund (Inactive)

  • Macalester College (MN)

The fund, active from 2006-2010, was one of the first funds of it's type in the country.

Sustainability Action Fund

  • Babson College (MA)

Donations to support sustainability and climate action on campus.

Green to Gold Fund

  • College of William & Mary (VA)

The Green to Gold Fund is a green revolving fund established in 2016 to reduce William & Mary's impact on the environment and to improve efficiency in ways that ...

Sustainability Microloan Fund

  • Yale University (CT)

The Sustainability Microloan Fund was created to encourage members of the Yale community — students, staff and faculty — to come up with creative ideas that will make the campus a little ...

Class of 1980 Student Project Fund Awards

  • Yale University (CT)

The Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies Class of 1980 has received the Association of Yale Alumni's School Volunteer Engagement and Leadership award for two funds that have ...

Social Choice Fund

  • Williams College (MA)

The Williams Social Choice Fund invests its gifts to the College in accordance with strict social and environmental investment criteria. Income generated from SCF investments provide unrestricted support for the ...

Sustainable Revolving Loan Fund (RLF)

  • Whitman College (WA)

The Whitman Sustainable Revolving Loan Fund (SRLF) is a $50,000 line of credit designated for campus improvements that significantly benefit Whitman's sustainability efforts by conserving resources and improving ...

WMU Green Revolving Fund

  • Western Michigan University (MI)

Western Michigan University has designed an innovative “Quasi-Revolving Fund” model that demonstrates the institution’s full commitment to incorporating sustainability into campus operations. The Quasi-Revolving Fund recaptures money from cost-savings ...

Green Fund

  • Western Kentucky University (KY)

Contributions to the fund will provide support in three principle areas: Green campus initiatives are physical projects and operational improvements to reduce the ecological footprint on campus. Curriculum redesign includes ...

Class of 1957 Green Fund

  • Wellesley College (MA)

The Class of 1957 Fund was established by the Class of 1957 to provide funding for initiatives designed to enhance sustainable practices at Wellesley, to reduce Wellesley's environmental impact ...

Kreitler Environmental Fund

  • Virginia Theological Seminary (VA)

The Kreitler Environmental Fund's mission is to empower clergy and the church with a strong environmental ethic in order to help conserve and preserve the environment. Once fully funded ...

Green RFP Program

  • Virginia Tech (VA)

The Request for Proposal for Sustainability Initiatives by Student Organizations (Green RFP Program), was established in 2010 to give students an opportunity to help make Virginia Tech a national leader ...

Green Revolving Loan Fund (GRLF)

  • Vermont Law School (VT)

The VLS Green Revolving Fund has been established with an anonymous donation of $200,000, as well as, a $50,000 contribution from the Vermont Law School Board of Trustees ...

Green Fund

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI)

The UW–Madison Green Fund supports student-initiated projects that reduce the environmental footprint and operating costs of on-campus facilities in the areas of solid waste, energy, and water conservation. The ...

Environmental Sustainability Fund

  • University of Wisconsin-Green Bay (WI)

The Environmental Affairs Committee oversees the Environmental Sustainability Fund.

Husky Green Award

  • University of Washington, Seattle (WA)

In support of the University of Washington’s long-standing commitment to sustainability, the Husky Green Awards recognize exemplary achievement of an individual or team from the UW community who have ...

Campus Sustainability Fund

  • University of Victoria (BC)

Building on the success of the Revolving Sustainability Loan Fund (RSLF) the Campus Sustainability Fund empowers members of the university community to create stakeholder-driven projects that further the Sustainability Action ...

Revolving Sustainability Fund

  • University of Victoria (BC)

The Revolving Sustainability Loan Fund (RSLF) provides $250,000 to fund conservation projects on campus that provide a return on investment. The loans are paid back with the savings from ...

Energy Revolving Fund

  • University of Vermont (VT)

In February 2012 the University of Vermont became the thirty-fourth college in the nation to commit to the Sustainable Endowment Institute’s Billion Dollar Green Challenge, agreeing to establish a ...

Travel Support Grants

  • University of Texas at Arlington (TX)

The Institute for Sustainability and Global Impact (ISGI) announces Travel Support Grants available to students, faculty and staff at UT Arlington working to enhance sustainability in the University’s affairs ...

Sustainability Speaker Grants

  • University of Texas at Arlington (TX)

Sustainability Speaker Grants of up to $500 for one speaker is awarded to support engagement of speakers addressing sustainability and environmental stewardship. Speakers may address regularly scheduled academic colloquia, meetings ...

Faculty Fellowships on Sustainability in the Curriculum

  • University of Texas at Arlington (TX)

The Institute for Sustainability and Global Impact (ISGI) encourages faculty, student, and staff learning in sustainability through financial support opportunities like fellowships and grants through the Faculty Fellows program.

Sustainability Scholars Grant

  • University of St. Thomas (MN)

The Sustainability Scholars Grant program supports undergraduate students from any discipline who wish to complete a major research project focused on sustainability. These grants are designed to give students the ...

Green Revolving Fund

  • University of Oregon (OR)

Francis Dyke, former Vice President for Finance and Administration, signed the Billion Dollar Green Challenge on October 3, 2011 and committed the University of Oregon to creating its revolving loan ...

Green Loan Fund

  • University of Notre Dame (IN)

The Office of Sustainability manages a $2 million green loan fund for projects demonstrating a positive impact on environmental sustainability in campus buildings and operations. The Green Loan Fund is ...


  • University of Notre Dame (IN)

The Eco-Fund was created by the Class of 2008 Senior Class Gift and continues to grow thanks to alumni donations. The Eco-Fund provides small grants for programs that enhance sustainability ...

Revolving Energy Efficiency Fund (EEF)

  • University of New Hampshire (NH)

Launched in 2009 with a $650,000 grant from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), UNH’s Energy Efficiency Fund (EEF) has already seen more than $500,000 in ...

Sustainable Green Fund

  • University of Minnesota, Morris (MN)

The Morris Sustainable Green Fund, launched in 2007, gives donors a way to support renewable energy projects on campus.

Green Revolving Fund

  • University of Minnesota, Duluth (MN)

The UMD Green Revolving Fund was established to invest in sustainable projects at UMD. Projects are intended to contribute to efforts to save energy and become a more sustainable campus ...

Small Scale Grant

  • University of Michigan (MI)

The Student Sustainability Initiative (SSI) Board advises the Graham Sustainability Institute on the distribution of its Small Scale Grants (up to $2,500), which are awarded to student groups seeking ...

Environmental Fellows Program Fund

  • University of Michigan (MI)

The Dow Chemical Company and the University of Michigan are partnering up to create a Sustainability Fellows Program, which Dow will finance to the tune of $10 million over a ...

Planet Blue Student Innovation Fund

  • University of Michigan (MI)

The Planet Blue Student Innovation Fund (PBSIF) offers grants of $5,000 to $50,000 for student-initiated projects that promote environmental sustainability on the University of Michigan Campus. This fund ...

Sustainability Grants

  • University of Maine (ME)

The University of Maine Sustainability Grants are designed to support staff-, faculty-, and student-led projects that improve the environmental sustainability of campus facilities and operations in creative and cost-effective ways ...

Green Revolving Fund

  • University of Maine (ME)

Under the terms of the Green Loan Fund agreement, the Foundation will loan up to $500,000 (or more, pending a satisfactory review by the Foundation) to the University 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

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


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

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