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 Campus Initiative Fund (SCIF)

  • University of Utah (UT)

The Sustainable Campus Initiative Fund (SCIF) is the University of Utah’s green grant program. Students, faculty, and staff from all disciplines and departments are invited to propose projects that ...

Sustainability Fund

  • North Carolina State University (NC)

NC State students began contributing a sustainability fee per semester in fall 2013 following a student-led campaign that included pledges of support from more than 2,000 students and letters ...

Student Green Energy Fund

  • University of South Florida St. Petersburg (FL)

The fund is used to assist the university in reducing energy costs through conservation, by promoting power generation using clean, renewable energy technologies and lowering greenhouse gas emissions. After an ...

Green Fund

  • University of Texas at El Paso (TX)

GF stands for Green Fund, which is a fee referendum that will cost $3 per student per semester, raising up to $40,000 per year for campus sustainability projects. These ...

Sustainability Fee

  • University of Illinois Chicago (IL)

The Sustainability Fee is a student-led initiative to improve the quality of campus operations, reduce UIC’s environmental impact, and generate awareness about environmental and sustainable issues by creating opportunities ...

Student Green Fund

  • University of Toledo (OH)

The UT Student Green Fund is funded by voluntary student donations, and serves to finance student proposed and executed projects that promote sustainability, renewable energy, efficiency, waste reduction, and educational ...

Bucknell Green Fund

  • Bucknell University (PA)

The mission of the Bucknell Green Fund is to encourage, through a revolving loan fund, global sustainability on campus by funding innovative projects that demonstrate environmental leadership and economic benefit ...

Campus Sustainability Grants

  • University of Alberta (AB)

Campus Sustainability Grants University of Alberta campuses more sustainable. Funded through energy savings from the University of Alberta Energy Management Program, students, staff and faculty can access these grants to ...

TRU Sustainability Grant Fund

  • Thompson Rivers University (BC)

The TRU Sustainability Grant Fund was created to advance environmental, economic and social sustainability at TRU. A total of $100,000 is available for the annual application intake. In addition ...

Patriot Green Fund

  • George Mason University (VA)

The Patriot Green Fund (PGF) strives to foster an environment where Mason can flourish academically in part through practicing environmental, social, and economic stewardship. This fund seeks to finance projects ...

Green Revolving Fund

  • Dartmouth College (NH)

Envisioned by a team of passionate students and implemented by Dartmouth sustainability and facilities staff, the $1M Green Revolving Fund launched in winter 2013. Green revolving funds finance energy efficiency ...

Student Sustainability Fund

  • Missouri State University (MO)

Quick facts: - In March 2009, students voted to implement a $2 per semester fee to go towards sustainability on campus. - This fund is to be used solely by students for ...

Renewable Energy Initiative (REI)

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

The Appalachian State Renewable Energy Initiative is a student-led, student-funded organization that seeks to install renewable energy and energy efficiency projects on campus. Projects can be proposed by any student ...

Green Fund

  • Southern Illinois University Carbondale (IL)

Every current SIU student, faculty, staff, or campus unit is eligible to apply for a Green Fund project grant. Awards are currently being granted once a year by the Green ...

Green Fund

  • Wesleyan University (CT)

The Green Fund is comprised of 5-10 student committee members. Everyone on the committee is a voting member of the Fund and works closely with staff advisor will sometimes seek ...

Green Fund

  • Slippery Rock University (PA)

The Green Fund helps fund environmentally friendly projects and programs on campus. Green Fund grants of up to $20,000 are available to support approved sustainably-progressive projects, educational programs and ...

Sustainable Campus Program Fee

  • Auraria Higher Education Center (CO)

In April 2004, 95% of voting students at each of the three institutions that share the Auraria Higher Education Center campus - University of Colorado at Denver, Metro State University and ...

Vanderbilt Green Fund (VGF)

  • Vanderbilt University (TN)

The Vanderbilt Green Fund (VGF) was designed to systematically reduce the greenhouse gas emissions and improve the sustainability of Vanderbilt University by funding student-initiated projects with both environmental and economic ...

Penn Green Fund

  • University of Pennsylvania (PA)

Funded by the Division of Facilities and Real Estate Services, the Penn Green Fund has seeded innovative ideas in environmental sustainability from members of the University community since 2009. Proposed ...

Eco-Social Justice Grant (formerly The Green Initiative Fund)

  • Portland Community College (OR)

The Eco Social Justice Grant is funded through student fees and administered by a student majority governance board in collaboration with the Sustainability Department. It has provided over $1 million ...

Green Revolving Fund

  • Mount Holyoke College (MA)

Established in 2015, the fund provides funding to implement projects that reduce resource use and generate cost savings.

Student Green Fund

  • University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh (WI)

The Green Fund is a student-run committee funded through students’ segregated fees to implement sustainability projects for campus. Approximately $60,000 are available this year for student projects that promote ...

Charlotte Green Initiative Fund

  • University of North Carolina, Charlotte (NC)

The Charlotte Green Initiative (CGI) is a student-led initiative that collects a $1 per semester Green Fee from each full-time UNC Charlotte student. These funds are allocated to projects that ...

The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF)

  • Loyola University Chicago (IL)

The purpose of the fund is for financing student run projects pertaining to furthering sustainability as it directly relates to student life and the campus environment. This fund primarily promotes ...

Green Fund

  • University of Northern British Columbia (BC)

The Green Fund has two intakes of applications per year: September, and January. Green Fund applications are accepted from any member of the UNBC community (Prince George and Regional campuses ...

Green Fund

  • University of Nebraska - Lincoln (NE)

The ASUN Green Fund provides grant funds for student-led projects directed toward improving overall environmental sustainability on the university campus. The fund and its grant reviewing committee empowers students and ...

Northwestern Sustainability Fund (NSF)

  • Northwestern University (IL)

The Northwestern Sustainability Fund is a $50,000 pool established to catalyze Northwestern student engagement in energy and sustainability. The Northwestern Sustainability Fund (NSF) provides one-time grant funds for student-led ...

Greening IUPUI Grant

  • Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) (IN)

Greening IUPUI Grants are awarded one time per year to projects that advance the campus sustainability principles and improve IUPUI’s STARS score. IUPUI dedicates a total of $50,000 ...

Green Grant Fund

  • Duke University (NC)

Executive Vice President Tallman Trask has committed $50,000 each year to fund student, staff and faculty sustainability projects. The fund has been used to put on conferences, conduct research ...

Climate Action Fund

  • Portland Community College (OR)

The Portland Community College (PCC) Climate Action Fund (CAF) supports climate action goals while further advancing the college’s leadership in sustainability. Projects are awarded to improve the college’s ...

Green Fund

  • Tufts University (MA)

The Green Fund (a.k.a Campus Sustainability Fund) is a program to provide funding for the implementation of sustainability projects and ideas from and for the Tufts community—students ...

Sustainability Revolving Fund (SRF)

  • Carleton College (MN)

The Sustainability Revolving Fund (SRF) reflects the value that Carleton places on student ideas and innovation. The SRF gives students the resources to take further ownership in the college's ...

Sustainable Projects Fund

  • Connecticut College (CT)

The Sustainable Projects Fund (SPF) provides financial support to students who have an idea for a project related to sustainability. The SPF is financed by a $25 annual fee that ...

Green Fee

  • Bemidji State University (MN)

The Sustainability Office was created out of a $5 Green Fee initiated in 2008. Today the fee is $7.50 and is used to generate a wide variety of sustainable ...

Student Sustainability Fund

  • University of Oregon (OR)

In April 2005, 81% of voting students at University of Oregon supported a fee increase of up to $2 per semester to purchase renewable energy and fund the installation of ...

SGA Green Fund

  • Butler University (IN)

SGA formed a new Green Council and has reappropriated existing student fees toward student-led campus sustainability projects for up to $30,000 annually. A proposal process will be instituted.

Green Fund (Inactive)

  • Stanford University (CA)

From 2008-2015, the Stanford Student Green Fund provided one-time grant funds for student-led projects that improve sustainability in Stanford’s campus operations. The fund and its grant-reviewing committee empowered students ...

Campus Sustainability Fund

  • University of Connecticut (CT)

The Campus Sustainability Fund supports programs and initiatives that raise environmental awareness and develop conservation-minded students. Through demonstration projects like green roofs, renewable energy and biofuels, recycling and composting enhancements ...

The Sustainable Magellan Award

  • University of South Carolina (SC)

The Sustainable Magellan Award offers up to $500 per recipient for salary, materials and travel for projects in collaboration with a mentor to fund research or scholarly and creative projects ...

Green Fee

  • Union College - NY (NY)

The Green Fee is $25,000 available to students for an impactful project that benefits campus sustainability. The Green Fee was petitioned for by students in 2011 and continues to ...

Green Initiatives Fund

  • Swarthmore College (PA)

The Green Initiatives Fund was created by the Swarthmore College Sustainability Committee to provide a means for members of the Swarthmore College community (students, staff, faculty and alumni) to initiate ...

Green Grants

  • University of Delaware (DE)

The Green Grants Program will provide information and implement outreach efforts among students, faculty and staff to increase campus awareness and support for sustainability initiatives. To qualify, projects must promote ...

Green Fund

  • University of Alabama in Huntsville (AL)

The UAH Green Fund is a fund available to students with ideas for environmental projects that they would like to start on campus. Interested students must write a proposal and ...

Green for Green

  • Mills College (CA)

Green for Green is a student-led initiative to encourage students to be actively involved in Mills sustainability. Green for Green is a student controlled grant program specifically set aside for ...

Student Sustainability Fund

  • Clark University (MA)

The Student Sustainability Fund is a resource for the advancement of sustainable practices, education, and infrastructure within the Clark community. It supports student-designed, student-led projects to improve campus sustainability.

The Green Fund

  • Gonzaga University (WA)

The former Advisory Council on Stewardship and Sustainability (ACSS) assisted the Gonzaga Student Body Association in vetting proposals submitted to the Green Fund program. In 2015, the Steering Committee of ...

Sustainability Projects Fund (SPF)

  • California State University, San Marcos (CA)

This unique green fund started when Associated Students Incorporated (ASI) increased their student fees from $50 to $75 dollars. Of that $25 increase, a portion of the money was set ...

UM Green Fund

  • University of Mississippi (MS)

The UM Green Fund provides funding for the implementation of energy efficiency, renewable energy, and sustainability projects, programs, and policies. Any UM student, faculty or staff member can propose a ...

Idea Fund

  • Dickinson College (PA)

The Idea Fund was initially financed by a $15,000 seed donation from former President Durden’s discretionary fund, followed by a private donation of $5,000 in 2011. Since ...

Sustainablility Center Student Grants

  • University of Idaho (ID)

Every year UISC awards $10,000 in grants to fund student-led projects that advance campus sustainability. Grants are available to any UI undergraduate, graduate, or law student.

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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