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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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Green Student Initiative

  • Oklahoma State University (OK)

In the spring semester of 2010, the student body of Oklahoma State University had the option to vote on a referendum attached to the elections ballot for Student Government Association ...

  • Posted Sept. 21, 2021
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Green Engagement Fund

  • University of Southern California (CA)

The University of Southern California Green Engagement Fund (USCGEF) was created in 2014 to fund student-driven, innovative projects aimed at increasing sustainability at USC while increasing awareness in environmental stewardship ...

  • Posted Sept. 21, 2021
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University Annual Fund - Campus as a Living Lab Designation

  • University of Louisiana at Lafayette (LA)

The University Annual Fund is comprised of private philanthropic support/donations from individuals and organizations. Each year, 25% of this fund is designated for Campus as a Living Lab projects ...

  • Posted Sept. 21, 2021
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LUCC Environmental Project Fund

  • Lawrence University (WI)

All project proposals must be for infrastructural changes, defined as physical facilities or installations contributing to the operation of the university, that have a positive financial return of better than ...

  • Posted Sept. 21, 2021
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SUSTAIN Supporting UTSA Sustainability Through Action, Initiatives and Narratives

  • University of Texas at San Antonio (TX)

Funding provided by UTSA based on 3% of semester credit hour or generally $5 per student per semester for Fall and Spring, and $2.50 for Summer sessions. The funding ...

  • Posted Sept. 21, 2021
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ASWC Green Fund

  • Whitman College (WA)

The purpose and chief goal of the Green Fund shall be to transform student sustainability policy initiatives into realities that enrich the campus in practice and principle.

Policies of the ...

  • Posted Sept. 21, 2021
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Calvin Energy Recovery Fund (CERF)

  • Calvin University (MI)

The Calvin Energy Recovery Fund (CERF) is a revolving fund used to improve energy efficiency and reduce carbon dioxide emissions on campus. Plus, the cost savings from CERF projects are ...

  • Posted Sept. 21, 2021
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Innovation Fund

  • Indiana University Bloomington (IN)

Supported by the Provost, the Innovation Fund is a competitive grant program designed to capture the best ideas from faculty and staff that will advance operational sustainability and involve students ...

  • Posted Sept. 21, 2021
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Campus Sustainability Investment Fund

  • Santa Clara University (CA)

The Campus Sustainability Investment Fund (CSIF) is an internal fund that provides financing to implement energy efficiency, renewable energy, and other sustainability projects that generate emissions reductions and cost savings ...

  • Posted Sept. 21, 2021
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2016-2019 mini grants / 2019 Nebraska State Fair Sustainability Pavilion projects fund

  • Central Community College (NE)

Project funds were given though a Central Community College Mini Grant from 2016-2019. In 2019 and currently the Nebraska State Fair is funding student projects for the Sustainability Pavilion through ...

  • Posted Sept. 21, 2021
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Green Fund

  • University of Wisconsin-Platteville (WI)

Formerly referred to as the Campus Sustainability Fund, this competitive grant program distributes $15,000 each year to UW-Platteville Students, Faculty, and Staff to support projects that enhance the sustainability ...

  • Posted Sept. 21, 2021
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Green Campus Fund

  • George Washington University (DC)

Established by a gift from the class of 2007, the Green Campus Fund is a part of the endowment. It supports initiatives designed to conserve energy and promote a more ...

  • Posted Sept. 21, 2021
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Student Climate Action Grant

  • Barnard College (NY)

The Student Climate Action Grant is designed to support student(s) or student group(s) in developing and implementing a project relating to sustainability, climate action, or human interactions with ...

  • Posted Sept. 21, 2021
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Renewable Energy Fee Fund

  • Hope College (MI)

As the costs associated with purchasing renewable energy certificates (REC) have come down over the years, surplus funds from the Renewable Energy Fee have become available to students via the ...

  • Posted Sept. 21, 2021
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The Green Initiative Fund

  • University of California, Davis (CA)

The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF), a campus program hosted by the Office of Sustainability and supported by student fees, offers students the opportunity to develop and launch innovative sustainability projects ...

  • Posted Sept. 21, 2021
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Sustainability, Innovation & Engagement Fund (SIEF)

  • University of Massachusetts Amherst (MA)

Established in August 2013, the fund fosters a strong culture of sustainability on our campus by providing financial support to students, faculty, and staff with green ideas. Any student faculty ...

  • Posted Sept. 21, 2021
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Greening Haverford Fund

  • Haverford College (PA)

The fund is designed to assist students, faculty, and staff in raising environmental awareness and enhancing environmental practices at Haverford College. The scope of the Fund is broad, and includes ...

  • Posted Sept. 21, 2021
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Toro Green Initiative Fund

  • California State University, Dominguez Hills (CA)

In 2018, President Parham distributed $10,000 towards the first Toro Green Initiative Fund (TGIF), allowing CSUDH students to suggest sustainability projects for the campus.

Sustainability Committee meeting review with ...

  • Posted Sept. 21, 2021
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Student Green Innovation Fund

  • Yale University (CT)

The goals of the Student Green Innovation Fund are: To invest in innovative, student-led projects that result in direct energy use reductions on campus and/or projects that broadly impact ...

  • Posted Sept. 21, 2021
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Delongchamp Family Grant Fund

  • Bentley University (MA)

The Delongchamp Family Endowed Fund supports undergraduate professional and co-curricular activities associated with studying sustainability and the triple-bottom line: people, planet, and profit. The fund was designed to allow students ...

  • Posted Sept. 21, 2021
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Student Sustainability Fund

  • University of New Brunswick, Fredericton (NB)

The UNB Student Union and UNB Sustainability have partnered to develop the Student Sustainability Fund (SSF) following a successful referendum during the Student Union elections in the spring of 2019 ...

  • Posted Sept. 21, 2021
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SGA Green Fund

  • Susquehanna University (PA)

The SU SGA Green Fund is a way for students around campus to find funding for their sustainability project ideas. The green fund is funded through an allocation from the ...

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Sustainability Action Fund

  • University of Guelph (ON)

The Sustainability Action Fund seeks to fund projects which advance campus sustainability and climate action at the University of Guelph. All student contributions are matched dollar for dollar by the ...

  • Posted Sept. 21, 2021
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Sustainability Scholars Fund

  • Kenyon College (OH)

The Sustainability Scholars Fund exists to provide material and financial support for a student/faculty team conducting sustainability/climate action work on campus. Projects range from refining our understanding of ...

  • Posted Sept. 21, 2021
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President's Commission on Sustainability Annual Budget

  • California State University, Long Beach (CA)

The President’s Commission of Sustainability (PCS), formerly the Sustainability Task Force (STF), was established by the university’s President to integrate sustainability into all aspects of campus life. As ...

  • Posted Sept. 21, 2021
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Student Sustainability Fund

  • HEC Montréal (QC)

HEC Montréal Student sustainability fund was created in 2019 in agreement between student association and school direction. The fund is funded by student contribution of 0,1$ per course credit ...

  • Posted Sept. 21, 2021
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Sustainable Development Fund

  • Messiah University (PA)

Messiah College’s Sustainable Development Fund (SDF) is an opportunity for the College to invest financial resources outside of normal operating budget into sustainability practice and education. The SDF advances ...

  • Posted Sept. 21, 2021
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The Student Sustainability fund

  • California State University, Sacramento (CA)

Each year Sac State Sustainability funds small scale student projects that make the campus more sustainable. Project funding typically ranges from $100 - $2,000 and focuses on renewable energy, energy ...

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Student Sustainability Innovation Fund

  • Keene State College (NH)

The Student Sustainability Innovation Fund provides up to three rising Juniors or Seniors a financial award of $500 toward a project that supports student-centered programs of the Office of Sustainability ...

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GIFT GRANT

  • University of Virginia (VA)

The GIFT (Green Initiatives Funding Tomorrow) Grant is funded by the Student Council’s Sustainability Committee with assistance from the Office of the Dean of Students. GIFT has provided tens ...

  • Posted Sept. 21, 2021
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Equity and Environment Fund

  • University of Virginia (VA)

The Equity and Environment Fund, supported by the Civic Engagement Subcommittee, is available for students/student groups for community-based initiatives or projects that sit at the intersection of equity, justice ...

  • Posted Sept. 21, 2021
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Sustainability Project Investment Fund (SPIF)

  • University of the Pacific (CA)

The University of the Pacific established a fund to support projects that contribute to advancing sustainability-focused practices and learning opportunities at Pacific.

Goals of the SPIF fund are to: Support ...

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Green Reinvestment Fund

  • Vassar College (NY)

The Green Reinvestment Fund (GRF) is an internal revolving loan fund for Vassar’s energy efficiency projects. Cost savings from projects funded through the GRF are repaid to the fund ...

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Sustainability Fee

  • State University of New York at Oswego (NY)

With each semester, students are billed for a sustainability fee. This fee goes towards expanding sustainability efforts on campus as well as supporting student workers in the Office of Sustainability ...

  • Posted Sept. 21, 2021
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UQAM Fonds Vert (Green Fund)

  • Universite du Quebec a Montreal (Québec)

The University's Green Fund aims to financially support the initiatives of members of the university community in the area of eco-responsibility. Goals

This fund makes it possible to encourage ...

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USG Sustainability Committee Fund

  • University of Denver (CO)

The Sustainability Committee, known as SusCom for short, is dedicated to motivating and activating the student body toward a more sustainable lifestyle by providing funding for various sustainability- and environmentally-related ...


Villanova University 2020 Sustainable Career Panel Series: Sustainable Innovation

  • Villanova University (PA)

This panel series highlights the amazing work Villanova alumni are doing to create a sustainable future for all of us. The Sustainability Innovation Panel features: Michael Werner the Lead for ...

  • Posted June 10, 2021
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Financing university sustainability initiatives in China: actors and processes

  • Central University of Finance and Economics
  • China University of Political Science and Law

This paper aims to study the mechanism of how the public universities have funded the campus sustainability projects in China, by identifying key actors and examining the processes.


Funding Campus Sustainability through a Green Fee—Estimating Students’ Willingness to Pay

  • Manhattan College (NY)

Many higher education institutions promote sustainability by instilling environmental awareness within college students, the innovators of the future. As higher education institutions face budgetary constraints to achieve greener campuses, green ...

  • Posted April 23, 2021
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Stetson University Revolving Green Fund and Student Fee

  • Stetson University (FL)

Each student contributes through assessed fees to finance sustainability projects on Stetson University's main campus. The cost avoidance generated by these projects is reinvested into a campus revolving green ...

  • Posted April 21, 2021
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The Ethical and Ecological Limits of Sustainability: A Decolonial Approach to Climate Change in Higher Education

  • University of British Columbia (BC)

This article offers decolonial critique of the ethical and ecological limits of mainstream sustainability efforts in higher education. Colonialism is identified as the primary cause of climate change, and the ...


Carbon pricing approaches for climate decisions in U.S. higher education: Proxy carbon prices for deep decarbonization

  • Princeton University (NJ)
  • Smith College (MA)

Given the slow policy response by governments, climate leadership by other institutions has become an essential part of maintaining policy momentum, driving innovation, and fostering social dialogue. Despite growth in ...

  • Posted Jan. 12, 2021
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Willingness to pay for green buildings: A survey on students’ perception in higher education

  • University of Delaware (DE)
  • University of New Haven (CT)
  • TED University

For most students in higher education, a green residence hall could form their first impressions regarding green buildings. As these students may be expected to make decisions regarding their place ...

  • Posted Jan. 12, 2021
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Beyond “Saddle Bag” Sustainability for Business Education

  • University of Vermont (VT)

Revisiting the historical evolution of the corporation helps explain how the challenge of sustainability has been addressed in business education. Business schools emerged toward the end of the 19th century ...

  • Posted Jan. 12, 2021
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Looking Beyond Fossil Fuel Divestment: Combating Climate Change in Higher Education

  • Northwestern University (IL)

The fossil fuel divestment movement is altering the landscape of climate activism on US campuses. Student-run divestment campaigns are now pushing for college Boards of Trustees to withdraw investments from ...

  • Posted Jan. 12, 2021
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Lewis & Clark College Fossil Fuel Divestment

  • Lewis & Clark College (OR)

Fossil Fuel Divestment - The Board of Trustees at Lewis & Clark College voted unanimously to divest from fossil fuel holdings in the endowment


Urban and Metropolitan Universities: The Transformative Power of Anchor Institutions

  • Democracy Collaborative (DC)

'Urban and Metropolitan Universities: The Transformative Power of Anchor Institutions' focuses on the role of urban and metropolitan universities as anchor institutions in their community to address long standing inequities ...

  • Posted Oct. 23, 2020
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Investing in Racial Equity: A Primer for College & University Endowments

  • Intentional Endowments Network (MA)

Investing in racial equity involves developing and committing to business practices that proactively identify and counteract racial inequities within a company or an organization, and allocating capital to intentionally and ...

  • Posted Oct. 23, 2020
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Barnard College Climate Science List

  • Barnard College (NY)

Climate science list - In 2019, Barnard College published a Climate Science List, a 490-page reference guide for the responsible divestment of endowment funds away from fossil fuel companies that dispute ...


Making the Business Case for Campus Sustainability

  • Gordian (SC)

In this report, Sightlines (a Gordian company) highlights how environmental sustainability programs at higher education institutions would reduce operating costs via increased efficiency measures as well as attract sustainability-minded students ...

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

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