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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Student sustainability grants for campus projects at Ohio State Membership Required

  • The Ohio State University (OH)

All across America, institutions struggle to expand programming and to provide meaningful learning opportunities to their students during times of shrinking budgets, increasing costs and reduction of state support. Oftentimes ...

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Connecting Academic Work with Funds to Address Campus Sustainability Membership Required

  • University of Colorado Colorado Springs (CO)

In order to educate future sustainability leaders we must bridge the academic operational divide by connecting student coursework with funding to address real campus sustainability projects. We must begin to ...

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Green Fund Implementation Guide- Campus Green Fund Collaborative Membership Required

  • Butler University (IN)
  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)
  • McGill University (QC)
  • Northern Arizona University (AZ)
  • University of Texas at Austin (TX)
  • University of Vermont (VT)

The Campus Green Fund Collaborative (CGFC) is a non-registered group of campus sustainability staff involved with coordinating and managing green funds on their respective campuses. In partnership with the Association ...

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Fossil Fuel Divestment: A Growing Student-led Movement for Climate Justice Membership Required

  • Brandeis University (MA)
  • Unity College (ME)
  • Responsible Endowments Coalition (PA)
  • Green Century Capital Management (WI)

Launched on just a handful of campuses in 2011, the Fossil Fuel Divestment Campaign has expanded exponentially in just a few short months - escalating the demand for bold climate action ...

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Plenary: Investing in Energy Efficiency through Green Revolving Funds Membership Required

  • Agnes Scott College (GA)
  • Catawba College (NC)
  • Harvard University (MA)
  • Sustainable Endowments Institute (MA)

An increasing number of colleges are establishing green revolving funds to tap into new sources of capital and scale up their institution's commitment to investing in reducing carbon emissions ...

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Playing Like A Team: Advancing Campus Sustainability By Greening Sports Membership Required

  • University of California, Los Angeles (CA)
  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)
  • Green Sports Alliance (OR)
  • Natural Resources Defense Council (DC)

With help from organizations such as AASHE and the U.S. EPA, colleges and universities across the nation are implementing campus-wide sustainability programs to enhance their environmental performance. Many of ...

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Divestment: Successful Case Studies Membership Required

  • College of the Atlantic (ME)
  • Unity College (ME)
  • Responsible Endowments Coalition (PA)

With active campaigns on over 250 college campuses, divestment from fossil fuels has shifted the sustainability conversation significantly over the past year, pushing the “operational boundary” for campus sustainability, and ...

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Show Me the Money! The Benefits of Investing in Energy Efficiency through Green Revolving Funds Membership Required

  • Agnes Scott College (GA)
  • Western Michigan University (MI)
  • Sustainable Endowments Institute (MA)

Whether your college is striving to reach its carbon-reduction goals or is considering divesting from fossil fuel companies, green revolving funds (GRFs) offer a compelling investment opportunity. With a median ...

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Sustainable Investing for Endowments: Solving the Problem Membership Required

  • Northwestern University (IL)
  • Breckinridge Capital Advisors, Inc. (MA)

Our presentation focuses on empowering and motivating universities to adapt to a new world of sustainable investing. The presentation will address the limited amount of sustainable investment strategies currently available ...

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Green Capital Projects: How to Get Cash Flow and Reduce Emissions Membership Required

  • Sweet Briar College (VA)
  • Stone House Group (PA)

Sweet Briar College realized the need to reduce energy cost and consumption on campus after four environmental engineering students conducted an energy audit in 2008. The audit inspired the College ...

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New Funding Sources to Drive Campus Clean Energy/GHG Leadership and Innovation Membership Required

  • Ball State University (IN)
  • Valencia College (FL)

This workshop introduces an entirely new funding source for colleges dedicated to pursuing aggressive clean energy efficiency goals: the voluntary carbon market. With announcements poised to be made at the ...

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A Cap-and-Trade Model for RIT Commuters Membership Required

  • Rochester Institute of Technology (NY)

As climate change awareness grows, several U.S. colleges and universities are tracking their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and have signed the American and University Presidents Climate Commitment (AUPCC), pledging ...

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Sustainability Initiatives Revolving Fund: A Unique Application With A Proven Track Record Membership Required

  • Arizona State University (AZ)

A major research university developed and launched its Sustainability Initiatives Revolving Fund (SIRF) in fiscal year (FY) 2010 with the goals of investing wisely in projects that promote sustainability, accelerating ...

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How to Build a Career Saving the Planet? Just Ask Membership Required

  • Bard College (NY)

What skills and experiences do you need to become people of power, people with the ability to affect the future, within five to ten years? What does it take to ...

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Hands on Sustainability: Leveraging Green Revolving Funds to Ignite Collaboration Membership Required

  • Sustainable Endowments Institute (MA)

Utilizing case studies of Green Revolving Funds (GRF) participants will work together in small groups to develop a pitch to campus decision-makers to start and manage a GRF. Groups will ...

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How North Carolina's largest community college is meeting sustainability goals, addressing deferred maintenance and saving $350,000 a year in energy costs Membership Required

  • Central Piedmont Community College (NC)
  • Trane (TX)

Recently completed improvements at Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC), North Carolina’s largest community college, are expected to generate $350,000 in annual energy savings while increasing sustainability. These improvements ...

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Case Study: Establishing a Green Revolving Fund at Appalachian State University Membership Required

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

Working with the University Sustainability Council and University Foundation, Appalachian State University (ASU) is pursuing the development of a Green Revolving Loan Fund (GRLF) to support University projects that promote ...

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How to Start a Renewable Energy Project at the Community College – Trustees Are Your Best Friends Membership Required

  • Austin Community College (TX)

It is no secret, renewable energy project is expensive. Return on

investment may be too long to attract any budget minded decision makers at your college, especially in our tough ...

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Connecting People to Products and Services: Creating Active Citizenry Through Knowledge Systems Membership Required

  • College of Charleston (SC)

In 2005, The College of Charleston joined the Fair Labor Association in response to pressure from students, faculty, and staff, to be more cognizant of the impacts of their corporate ...

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Student Sustainability Fund vs Green Fee Membership Required

  • DePauw University (IN)

Titles matter. This spring, DePauw University's Student Government set aside $10,000 from the Student Activity Fee to advance sustainability on campus. Rather than solely focus on "green" or ...

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An Innovative Self-Funded Platform for Scalable Building Energy Upgrades & Community Engagement Membership Required

  • George Washington University (DC)

So you’ve signed the ACUPCC and perhaps you even have a sustainability fund – where do you go from here?? The George Washington University recently pondered this question and has ...

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Pilot-to-Institutionalization Methodologies for Campus Community Greening Funds Membership Required

  • New York University (NY)

A sharply increasing number of universities have implemented Campus Community Greening Funds (CCGFs) which offer students, and sometimes staff and faculty, modest funding for campus sustainability initiatives. This briefing will ...

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Sustainabillity by Collaboration: Partnering Facilities with Instruction Membership Required

  • Sierra College (CA)

Sierra College utilizes a unique partnership between the facilities and instructional divisions to provide high-level workforce development training for students while expanding the college's renewable energy portfolio. The Energy ...

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Endowment Transparency at Duke: a Qualitative Analysis of Effects on Environmental Sustainability and Assessment of Strategies Membership Required

  • Duke University (NC)

The transparency of a university's endowment affects the responsibility of its investment decisions. After researching Duke University's endowment and examining numerous protests against Duke's irresponsible investments, I ...

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Student Involvement in Revolving Loan Funds: A Case Study Membership Required

  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (IL)

The University of Illinois Champaign Urbana has the largest student-funded green fee pool in the nation. The funds from this fee are allocated by an appointed committee of ten students ...

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Green Funds 1.0: Getting a Fund Started Membership Required

  • College of Charleston (SC)
  • College of Lake County (IL)
  • Pacific Lutheran University (WA)

Green Funds 1.0: Getting a Fee Started will explore the stories, challenges and success of different institutions on their journey to adding a green fund to their sustainability initiatives ...

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Green Funds 2.0: The Nitty-Gritty of Campus Sustainability Fund Management from the Ground Up Membership Required

  • Northern Arizona University (AZ)
  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)
  • University of Vermont (VT)

A campus sustainability fund (also called green fund) is money available to campus community members for sustainability projects. Money for the fund may be from student fees, administrative budgets, or ...

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Mapping Renewable Energy Potential on Campus: A Case Study of a Strategic Green Fund Project Membership Required

  • University of Vermont (VT)

Wonder where the best solar, wind, geothermal opportunities are on your campus? In this session, we will present one institution's year long process to answer this question through the ...

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Billion Dollar Green Challenge: How Campus Green Revolving Funds are Saving Energy and Money (2012) Membership Required

  • University of Southern California (CA)
  • Sustainable Endowments Institute (MA)

Facing burdensome budget cuts and unstable energy costs, many colleges are grappling with how to finance urgently needed, but capital-intensive, energy efficiency retrofits. In response to this need, this workshop ...

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Green Funds at Community Colleges: Unique Approaches to Engaging Students Membership Required

  • College of Lake County (IL)
  • Johnson County Community College (KS)

Connecting students to a community college's sustainability efforts presents distinct challenges. Community colleges strive for a standard of quality education that is affordable and accessible to all types of ...

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Costs and Performance of LEED Platinum Buildings Membership Required

  • California Institute of Technology (CA)
  • Davis Langdon, An AECOM Company (CA)

Most owners or facility managers would entertain the idea of achieving LEED platinum certification for their next project. There are two basic questions they have when asked to incorporate a ...

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Changing the Campus Dynamic: The student creation and administration of the Sustainability Initiatives Fund at Johnson County Community College Membership Required

  • Johnson County Community College (KS)

In fall 2009, a small cohort of Honors students at Johnson County Community College took it upon themselves to campaign across campus, petitioning their peers, appealing to the President, and ...

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Sustainable Change at UAF: Initiated and Managed by Students Membership Required

  • University of Alaska Fairbanks (AK)

What's better than having a $20 student sustainability fee? Having those monies managed by students! Come hear about how the Review of Infrastructure, Sustainability and Energy (RISE) Board operates ...

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Fundraising for Sustainability - how to raise money (or get someone to do it for you) Membership Required

  • University of Michigan (MI)

In tough economic times, funding can be scarce or unavailable all together. Sustainability officers have traditionally sought funding in the form of special allocations, student green fees, grants, revolving loan ...

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Diversifying the Budgetary Resources for Your Campus' Sustainability Program Membership Required

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

Where does the budget for your campus Sustainability Programs come from? On most campuses, these Offices and Efforts are funded by a department or solely with savings. Learn how to ...

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Bringing Your Green Fund to the Next Level: Creating Tomorrow's Leaders Through Student-Driven Internal Growth and Leadership Development Membership Required

  • University of California, Santa Barbara (CA)

Campus Green Funds are a necessary component for any college campus striving towards sustainability goals, though few realize its full potential. Since its inception in 1999, the student organization, Associated ...

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University Green Fund: Mobilizing the University Community Towards Sustainability Membership Required

  • University of Northern British Columbia (BC)

In the two years since its creation, the UNBC Green Fund has proven to be successful at mobilizing different university groups into action. The University of Northern British Columbia Green ...

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Squeezing Water Out of Rocks: Two Years of the Sustainability Fee at Western Michigan University Membership Required

  • Western Michigan University (MI)

On April 15, 2010 our Board of Trustees approved a student initiated Sustainability Fee. Fourteen-thousand square feet of student gardens, ten-thousand travel mugs, hundreds of worms, fifty internships, sixteen grant ...

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From Coal to Clean Energy: Divest for A Clean Energy Future Membership Required

  • Responsible Endowments Coalition (PA)

The urgency and intensity of the climate crisis is escalating, and policy mechanisms are failing. Young people across the nation will be facing the consequences of environmental crises that they ...

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Solar Photovoltaic Installations On Campus: A Comparative Overview With Case Studies Membership Required

  • AASHE (PA)

A representative series of comprehensive case studies for solar photovoltaic installations at institutions of higher education in the United States.

This presentation will highlight a range of solar installations on ...

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A Student-Led Sustainability Fund at The University of British Columbia Membership Required

  • University of British Columbia (BC)

Through holding a referendum in March 2011, students have established a fund for the selection of sustainability projects. A sustainability fund marketing launch plan has been developed by partnering with ...

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Billion Dollar Green Challenge: How Campus Green Revolving Funds are Saving Energy and Money (2011) Membership Required

  • Sustainable Endowments Institute (MA)

Facing burdensome budget cuts and unstable energy costs, many colleges are grappling with how to finance urgently needed, but capital-intensive, energy efficiency retrofits. In response to this need, the panel ...

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Creating an Energy Management Program from Limited Resources, Expertise and Funding Membership Required

  • Meredith College (NC)

This session will examine methods to establish an energy management program at a small college. Using a women's college in Raleigh, North Carolina as a case study, the presentation ...

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Innovative Investment Models for Energy Efficiency and Sustainability Membership Required

  • Drexel University (PA)
  • Blue Hill Partners (PA)

Innovative business models and financing solutions are required to drive the next level of efficiency and sustainability on campus. Blue Hill Partners, a Philadelphia based firm, has teamed with the ...

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Designing and implementing a robust and sustainable student green fund: Recommendations from Sustainability Officers Membership Required

  • University of Vermont (VT)

College campuses across the U.S. and abroad have seen a growth of student campaigns to take institutional action on climate change. One of the barriers to implementing sustainability initiatives ...

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Finding Funding Resources in Sustainability Membership Required

  • Ball State University (IN)

Many colleges and universities find creating a strong research agenda utilizing external funding in areas of sustainability a difficult challenge. This briefing will review trends in sustainability funding at the ...

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Analysis of Successes, Failures, and Characteristics of an Established Campus Sustainability Granting Program Membership Required

  • New York University (NY)

In 2011, our university conducted the first full operational analysis of its campus sustainability granting program, one of the most established such programs in the nation. Our program offers grants ...

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Competitive Campus Greening Funds: An evaluation of successes and challenges for an emerging sustainability strategy Membership Required

  • New York University (NY)

This briefing will share the major findings of a nation-wide survey of campus greening grant programs in the United States. A selection of thirteen established university programs that provide grants ...

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Development and Implementation of the Calvin Energy Recovery Fund Membership Required

  • Calvin College (MI)

Typically, the first and least expensive recommended step in addressing climate change and peak energy concerns at an institutional level is improved energy efficiency. Yet, few organizations move forward with ...

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Sustainable Investment Engagement on Campus Membership Required

  • Responsible Endowments Coalition (PA)

The panel will examine: 1) the case for encouraging schools to take action on issues affecting companies in which their endowments own stock, 2) the range of additional options schools ...

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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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