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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Sustainability Fee

  • Georgia College & State University (GA)

The Georgia College Sustainability Fee Program (formerly unknown as the Student Green Fee Committee) was initiated in 2010 to develop collaborative research between students, staff and faculty that will make ...

Student Green Fund

  • Coastal Carolina University (SC)

The CCU Green Fund provides students with an opportunity to receive funding for sustainability projects and activities on campus to improve CCU's environmental performance and reduce campus emissions. An ...

Student Green Initiatives Fund

  • Bowling Green State University (OH)

The Student Green Fund is a pool of money which is available for application by BGSU students to fund a variety of “green” and environmental projects on campus. During the ...

SGA Sustainability Fund

  • Western Colorado University (CO)

The Sustainability Fund Committee is requesting proposals from students for projects that support and enhance promote sustainability at Western State Colorado University. Each year, full-time students are assessed $4.50 ...

Rice Endowment for Sustainable Energy Technology (RESET)

  • Rice University (TX)

In 2010, the Rice University student body approved (by 71%) a nine dollar annual blanket tax to fund the Rice Endowment for Sustainable Energy Technology, or RESET. The RESET Committee ...

ASMSU Student Sustainability Fee

  • Montana State University (MT)

The Sustainability Activity Fee for Montana State University students is $4.10 per semester in FY 2018, with revenue projections totalling $107,743.

Renewable Energy Fee

  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (NC)

Driven by student initiatives, the University has also begun to incorporate renewable energy technologies on campus. During the student elections of 2013, 83% of students voted to make permanent a ...

Green Revolving Fund

  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (NC)

In fall 2011, Student Government requested that UNC allocate some of its money into a Green Revolving Fund, which provides low-interest loans to energy conservation, efficiency, and production projects around ...

Crookston Students for Sustainable Development (CSSD) Fee (Green Fee)

  • University of Minnesota, Crookston (MN)

The University of Minnesota-Crookston introduced a green fee in 2009.

Sustainability Action Fund

  • Concordia University (CA)

The Sustainability Action Fund (SAF) is a fee levy group at Concordia University. It is funded by a 25-cent per-credit undergraduate student fee levy, and a $1.25 per term ...

The Green Initiative Fund

  • University of California, Irvine (CA)

Established in 2009, The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF) is a student leddoc fee referendum designed to empower undergraduate students with the financial resources to fund projects regarding the main aspects ...

Blue Goes Green Student Grant Program

  • Utah State University (UT)

The Student Sustainability Grant helps fund student projects to help make the USU student body more environmentally, economically, and socially sustainable. It’s a student-led campaign that gives every student ...

Environmental Stewardship Fee

  • University of Kentucky (KY)

In the Student Government election of late March 2006, two-thirds of the students casting ballots supported a new fee of $6 to $8 per semester to be used for energy ...

Sustainability Grants

  • University of Georgia (GA)

Drawn from the Student Green Fee, grants up to $5,000 are available to current UGA students who wish to initiate projects to advance sustainability through education, research, service, and ...

Aggie Green Fund

  • Texas A&M University (TX)

The Aggie Green Fund is a grant-making organization for sustainability projects at Texas A&M University. It offers Major Grants on an annual basis and Micro-Grants on a rolling basis to ...

Green Fee

  • State University of New York at Plattsburgh (NY)

The Green Fee gives each Plattsburgh student an opportunity to help the environment by encouraging initiatives that support campus sustainability. This process is overseen by the Campus Committee on Environmental ...

Campus Green Fee

  • Northeastern Illinois University (IL)

The University charges mandatory fees that are charged once per semester as a flat fee rather than by credit hour. The $3 Green Fee funds the implementation of clean and ...

Sustainability Fee

  • Georgia State University (GA)

In 2013, an overwhelming majority of Georgia State students voted to allocate three dollars per semester towards promoting sustainability initiatives on campus as part of their existing mandatory student fees ...

Blue Sky Renewable Energy Fee

  • Central Oregon Community College (OR)

Students at Central Oregon Community College (COCC) recently approved a 25 cents per credit hike in student fees to finance renewable energy purchases and sustainability projects for the campus. The ...

Green Fund

  • University of North Carolina, Greensboro (NC)

The Green Fund is a $2.22 student semester fee that supports sustainability initiatives on campus. It is governed by students with assistance from faculty and staff experts. This fund ...

Environmental Service Fee

  • Texas State University, San Marcos (TX)

Texas State University - In 2000, Texas State University's student chapter of the National Association of Environmental Professional (NAEP), sponsored by the department of Geography, conceived the Environmental Service Fee ...

Green Fee

  • University of Alaska Anchorage (AK)

The Green Fee is the $3.00 you pay along with your student government fee at UAA. This promotes sustainability efforts in the university community by funding student initiatives defined ...

AMS Sustainability Fund

  • University of British Columbia (BC)

The AMS Sustainability Projects Fund (SPF) was established in September 2011, when UBC students passed a successful referendum to support student-initiated sustainability projects, through a $2.25 per student fee ...

Rebel Recycling Fee

  • University of Nevada Las Vegas (NV)

The Rebel Recycling program is funded through a $1 per student per semester fee (Spring and Fall semester only), generating approximately $55,000 per year.

Sustainability Green Fee

  • New College of Florida (FL)

The New College Green Fee is a small fee paid by each student, providing about $28,000 each year for sustainable projects on campus. It’s student-funded, so it’s ...

Sustainability Initiatives Levy

  • Dalhousie University (NS)

The Dalhousie Student Union Sustainability Office is a student-run organization that strives to create a culture of sustainability within Dalhousie Student Union (DSU) operations, thereby improving our university community by ...

Environmental Fee

  • Colorado Mesa University (CO)

The typical annual fee for a Colorado Mesa University Environmental Fee is $2 per year per student.

Renewable Energy and Sustainability Fee

  • University of Kansas (KS)

A Renewable Energy & Sustainability Fee of 25 cents in Fall and Spring and 15 cents in summer is applied to every student.

Student Environmental Sustainability Fund

  • Bellevue College (WA)

The Student Environmental Sustainability Fee is intended to provide resources that are sustainable for student use and education while enhancing BC’s efforts to continue to create a campus that ...

Students' Green Fund (Inactive)

  • National Union of Students

Students' Green Fund supported 25 transformative sustainability projects across students' unions in England, through £5 million of HEFCE funding. The period of funding is now over, but the legacy of ...

Sustainable Investment Fund

  • George Washington University (DC)

In February of 2018, the GW Board of Trustees voted to create a $2 million environmentally-focused investment fund after hearing students' demands for a more sustainable investment portfolio. The announcement ...

Student Sustainability Committee Fund

  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (IL)

Using two student fees, the Sustainable Campus Environment Fee and the Cleaner Energy Technologies Fee, the Student Sustainability Committee reviews submitted projects and distribute funding to projects that we deem ...

Energy Reserve Fund

  • Colorado State University (CO)

Initiated in FY12 with $500,000 of "seed money", the Energy Reserve Fund (ERF) is intended to implement energy efficiency projects on campus. This seed funding was provided for the ...

Revolving Loan Program

  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (IL)

The Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) was established in 2011 as a financing source for utility conservation projects requested by departments with less than a ten-year payback period. The savings from ...

Sustainability Projects Fund

  • McGill University (QC)

The Sustainability Projects Fund (SPF) has been created to help promote and build a culture of sustainability at McGill, with the primary purpose of the fund to create opportunities for ...

Reinvention Fund

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)

The purpose of the Reinvention Fund was to create the necessary innovation “whitespace” to continue Penn State’s transformation into a Living Lab for Sustainability, and to demonstrate the value ...

Student Green Fee/Student Environmental Initiatives Fund

  • University of Tennessee at Knoxville (TN)

In the fall of 2005, by request of student vote during SGA elections, the student facilities fee was increased to establish funding for green power and campus sustainability initiatives. This ...

Sustainability Fee

  • Austin Community College (TX)

At ACC, we don’t want to just talk about going green – we want to make it happen! The college is rolling out a number of initiatives that are making ...

Green Fund

  • University of Texas at Austin (TX)

The Green Fund, formerly Green Fee, is a competitive grant program funded by UT Austin tuition fees to support sustainability-related projects and initiatives proposed by university students, faculty or staff ...

Campus Sustainability Fund

  • University of Washington, Seattle (WA)

The Campus Sustainability Fund (CSF) is comprised of multiple student and advisory positions. This structure was designed to give full student control over the Fund. The CSF Coordinator and the ...

Carbon Fund (formerly Renewable Energy Fee)

  • University of California, Santa Cruz (CA)

In 2010, UCSC students changed the use of the funds through the passage of Measure 44. This created UCSC’s Carbon Fund to be a new point of pride and ...

Mascaro Research SEED Grants

  • University of Pittsburgh (PA)

The Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation (MCSI) at the University of Pittsburgh provides annual SEED grants for interdisciplinary sustainability education and research initiatives. The goals of the grants are: (1 ...

Sustainable Development Fund

  • Universite Laval (QC)

The Sustainable Development Fund was established in 2007 to support the innovative and structuring initiatives of the university community for sustainable development. Its envelope of $300,000 per year has ...

Green Hill Fund

  • Denison University (OH)

The Denison Green Hill Fund is a green revolving fund (GRF) that was developed in 2011 in response to the Sustainable Endowments Institute’s Billion Dollar Green Challenge initiative. The ...

University Sustainability Fund

  • University of Maryland, College Park (MD)

The University Sustainability Fund provides funding for projects that promote environmental sustainability, and positively impact and enhance the student experience at UMD. The Fund will allocate funds to projects that ...

Green Revolving Loan Fund

  • Colgate University (NY)

Colgate’s Green Revolving Loan Fund, which was seeded with $230,000, is designed to support projects that have a clear, measurable impact on the university’s carbon footprint and ...

Green Revolving Loan Fund

  • Swarthmore College (PA)

The GRF allocates revenue from Swarthmore's Carbon Charge to projects that reduce emissions and energy spend. Savings from the utilities budget are returned to the fund to support future ...

Green Fund

  • University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (WI)

The Green Fund is a capped, annual $200,000 student-segregated fee allocation. The Green Fund was created in 2008 through a student referendum, where students voted to invest approximately $8 ...

The Green Initiative Fund

  • University of California, Los Angeles (CA)

The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF) is a grant-making fund for sustainability projects on UCLA's campus. Roughly, $200,000 per year is available for student-initiated sustainability projects on campus. Projects ...

Student Sustainability Fund

  • Illinois State University (IL)

In response to the student body's desire to further sustainability on campus, the University Administration has established a fund to support related projects. The Student Sustainability Committee is charged ...

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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