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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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)

  • Cal Poly Humboldt (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 ...

Kless Revolving Energy Loan Fund (KRELF)

  • University of Montana (MT)

KRELF stands for "Kless Revolving Energy Loan Fund,” a student-initiated, student-funded loan program that supports energy and resource conservation projects on the University of Montana campus. Each semester since Fall ...

Environmental Improvement: Recycling Fee

  • University of Kansas (KS)

A Recycling Fee of $5.60 in Fall and Spring and $2.80 in summer is applied to every student.

Sustainability Office Fee

  • University of California, Santa Cruz (CA)

Provides funding for the Sustainability Office to engage undergraduate students by hiring more student interns, funding collaborative projects outlined in campus sustainability plan, and providing initial funds for a revolving ...

Green Fund

  • University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (WI)

The Green Fund exists in order to fund projects that promote the ideals and practices of environmental sustainability at the University of Wisconsin La Crosse. It is funded by student ...

The Green Initiative Fund

  • University of California, Santa Barbara (CA)

The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF) was the first green fee in the UC system. It was created by students in the spring of 2006 with a charge to “reduce the ...

UM Green Fund

  • University of Montevallo (AL)

It all began during the 2010-2011 academic year when members of the UM Environmental Club successfully gained support from the SGA and more than 45% of the student body via ...

SGA Green Fee

  • Young Harris College (GA)

As part of the SGA Green Fee fund established for campus-wide sustainability programs, YHC students pay a $5 per semester green fee and the College matches the student contribution. In ...

Cougar Green Fund

  • Washington State University, Pullman (WA)

The Washington State University (WSU) ASWSU Environmental Sustainability Alliance (ESA) with assistance from the Environmental Science Club created the Cougar Green Fund to provide resources for student sustainability projects. During ...

We Mean Green Fund

  • University of North Texas (TX)

The We Mean Green Fund provides the opportunity for members of the UNT community to make our campus more sustainable. Every student pays a $5 Environmental Service fee during the ...

The Green Fund

  • University of Montevallo (AL)

Thanks to a student contribution of $5 per regular semester and $2 per summer term, UM students, faculty, and staff may apply for grants to fund projects that promote sustainability ...

UI Sustainability Center fee

  • University of Idaho (ID)

The Sustainability Center was established as the first student-led center west of the Mississippi in 2006 as part of campuswide student movement. A student fee-funded organization, the Sustainability Center is ...

Green Action Fund (formerly Solar Fee)

  • University of Colorado Colorado Springs (CO)

The mission of the Green Action Fund is to reduce the ecological footprint of UCCS and promote sustainable environment, social and economic values through a variety of student-sponsored projects.

The Green Action Plan Fee

  • University of California, Riverside (CA)

This mandatory fee of $2.50 per quarter is to help install solar panels on the Highlander Union Building (HUB) and Lot30, create internships at the new Office of Sustainability ...

NAU Green Fund

  • Northern Arizona University (AZ)

The NAU Green Fund promotes student participation in and provides funding for projects that reduce NAU’s negative impact on the environment and create a culture of sustainability.

Student Life Fee

  • Minnesota State University Moorhead (MN)

The $5 per semester that shows up on a student tuition bill under the title "environmental fee" is the result of the Sustainable Campus Initiative. This money goes into a ...

Student Sustainability Fund (formerly called the Student Green Energy Fee)

  • Mercyhurst University (PA)

During the 2006-07 academic year, student Green Team members successfully campaigned for the passage of a Student Green Energy Fee. Through petitions (with over 1,000 students signing) and a ...

Student Green Fee

  • Marshall University (WV)

The Student Green Fee will be utilized to help the University look for ways to conserve water and energy, reduce waste and incorporate green technologies and materials into its planning ...

Green Fee

  • Hollins University (VA)

Funds will be collected by the university each semester from all undergraduate students and directed toward environmental projects that directly support the university's commitment to reduce its greenhouse gas ...

Student Sustainability Grants

  • Harvard University (MA)

The Office for Sustainability founded the Student Sustainability Grant Program in 2010 to provide students with seed funding to support new ideas and innovative projects that address global sustainability challenges ...

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 ...

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.

All responses reference content from reports under the latest version of STARS, version 2.2. AASHE membership and log-in is required.

PA 9: Committee on Investor Responsibility

PA 10: Sustainable Investment

PA 11: Investment Disclosure

Additional analysis on scores and quantitative fields can be conducted using the STARS Benchmarking Tool.

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