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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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)

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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)

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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)

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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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Developing a Large-Scale Solar Project on Campus

  • AMSOLAR International (CA)

A large private university entered into a 25-year Power Purchase Agreement in 2010 with a solar development company focused on the education sector. The project was completed in fall 2010 ...

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Partnerships Achieving Breakthrough Energy and Greenhouse Performance Utilizing Innovative Investment Strategies

  • Drexel University (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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Successes and Challenges of MIT's Utility Partnership for Energy Efficiency

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MA)

In May 2010, MIT established MIT Efficiency Forward: a ground breaking, multi-million dollar collaborative energy conservation and efficiency program with our electric and gas utility company NSTAR. The program is ...

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Solar Tax Shelters: Roofs for Not For Profits

  • Stone House Group (PA)

In Summer 2011, a Central Pennsylvania College will begin construction on a roof replacement for their Sports and Recreation Center. Having reached the end of its life, the existing EPDM ...

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Turnkey: Creating a Green Fund

  • Texas A&M University (TX)

Student-led green funds are on the rise at institutions across the nation. There are many green fund models to study and select a best fit for creating your campus green ...

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Students Take the Lead for Innovative Sustainability Programs at America's most Northern University

  • University of Alaska Fairbanks (AK)

The students of University of Alaska Fairbanks, in 2009 voted a $20 dollar sustainability fee, which is matched by the Chancellor and anticipated to raise $5,000,000 over its ...

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Student-Fee Supported Campus Green Funds

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

This session will provide a background on student-fee supported campus green funds, then dive into methods for running a campus campaign, followed by examples for how to run a campus ...

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Crisis Into Opportunity: Can sustainability programs and budget cuts be mutually supportive?

  • University of California, Office of the President (CA)

When budget cuts are a university's priority in a time of fiscal crisis, how can sustainability programs turn that crisis into an opportunity? Doing so not only is necessary ...

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Establishing a Fund for Implementing a Climate Action Plan at the University of New Hampshire

  • University of New Hampshire (NH)

This presentation discusses the establishment of a revolving fund using an initial investment to implement a portfolio of projects yielding energy savings that will then fund future projects directly tied ...

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Green Funds: Expanding the Students' Role in Shaping More Sustainable Universities

  • University of Pittsburgh (PA)

Universities must consider all facets of the institution in their quest to promote and incorporate sustainability. Co-curricular programs, such as Green Funds, can complement sustainability education in the academic curriculum ...

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Investing in a Sustainable Future

  • University of Virginia (VA)

This presentation illustrates one approach to teaching sustainability in business schools by describing the rationale and structure used to develop and deliver our course, "Investing in a Sustainable Future," a ...

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Allocating a Student Green Fund - First year experience

  • University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (WI)

This informational presentation will provide an overview and go into detail about our first year of experience with our University's student green fund. The presentation will cover the structure ...

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Student Green Fee Management and Project Implementation

  • University of Vermont (VT)
  • Green Mountain College (VT)
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (NC)
  • Carnegie Mellon University (PA)
  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (IL)

Carnegie Mellon University has instituted environmental education across its curriculum over the past five years. The latest course addition, "The Environment Today," was spearheaded by student organizations at Carnegie Mellon ...

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Green Billion-Dollar Challenge: Innovative Endowment Investing in Energy Efficiency

  • Sustainable Endowments Institute (MA)
  • Clean Air-Cool Planet (NH)
  • GreenerU (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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Financing Renewable Energy Installations on University and College Campuses

  • Eastern Connecticut State University (CT)
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (NC)
  • University of Minnesota, Morris (MN)
  • University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh (WI)

When you evaluate the plans filed with ACUPCC for achieving Zero-Carbon by 2050, virtually every plan dependents on the installation and operation of on-site renewable energy. With today's difficult ...

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Green Fee: Three ideas to spur campus sustainability

  • Bemidji State University (MN)

A student Green Fee was inititiated in the Fall of 2008 at Bemidji State University. This session will describe Green Fee Mini-Grants, Sustainability Employment, and an off-the-grid bus stop shelter ...

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UNCP Initiative - Performance Contracting as a Catalyst for Sustainability

  • University of North Carolina, Pembroke (NC)
  • Siemens Industry, Inc. (IL)
  • Celtic Energy, Inc. (CT)

Higher Education Institutions have increasingly used Energy Savings Performance Contracting (ESPC) as a tool to implement energy saving measures and infrastructure improvements in facilities. The continued erosion of State funding ...

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Facing the Inevitable---Integrated Financial + Sustainability/CSR Reporting for Business

  • Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (NY)
  • Ceres (MA)

In the wake of the financial meltdown, stakeholder groups around the globe are pressing for mandatory integrated reporting that incorporates environmental, social and governance issues into financial reporting. New requirements ...

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Going Green Can Benefit Your Campus Educationally and Fiscally

  • Macalester College (MN)
  • Trane (TX)

Going green can be good for you. A successful campus-wide sustainability effort can serve an institution both educationally and fiscally. As part of a campus-wide sustainability plan to become zero ...

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Student Sustainability Fees: What Do We Do When They Pass?

  • Western Michigan University (MI)

In our March 2010 student government elections, after a wide-reaching and creative campaign, Western Michigan University (WMU) students voted to support a fee to finance campus sustainability initiatives. In April ...

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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.

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