Saint Mary's College Leverages Endowment for Social Justice

The fund initiated by the family of a college graduate who felt passionately about justice issues supports social justice-themed projects proposed by the students and recently funded a creative writing workshop with the homeless.

Penn State U Allocates $875K in Sustainability Proposals

The Reinvention Fund, the university's Sustainability Institute internal grant program, recently selected 22 winning proposals across its five campuses with over $102,000 going toward student submissions. The selected projects represent a tactical approach to fulfilling the university's living laboratory theme from its strategic plan.

Western Carolina U Students Pay Into Sustainability Fund

Beginning in fall 2014, all full-time students will pay an additional $5 in student fees during the fall and spring semester to support sustainability-related project proposals from students, staff and faculty. The fee is expected to generate approximately $77,000 per year.

Three Universities Sign Billion Dollar Green Challenge

(U.S.): The University of Wyoming, the University of Saskatchewan, and Sewanee: The University of the South have recently committed to creating a self-managed revolving fund that finances energy efficiency improvements that achieve reductions in operating expenses and greenhouse gas emissions while creating regenerating funds for future projects.

Northland College Receives Grant for Environmental Education

The college will use the newly acquired funds for student engagement and research around its goal of carbon neutrality by 2025 and increasing procurement of local foods.

Prescott College Commits to Fossil Fuel Divestment

The resolution establishes an investment filter to remove the largest 200 fossil fuel corporations listed by the Carbon Tracker Initiative, over the next 3 years, with a goal of reducing risk while increasing financial and social return on investment. The college also included a clause to engage in advocacy encouraging current investment managers to develop fossil free investment fund products that would also serve their other clients.

Rutgers U Saves $41M in Operating Expenses

Over the last four years, initiatives in energy conservation programs, alternative energy usage, water conservation, solid waste recycling, green landscaping, and the use of more efficient campus vehicles have allowed the university to save $41 million in operating expenses.

U South Sewanee Launches Green Revolving Fund

Now accepting applications from the campus community, which includes the surrounding community, the revolving fund will finance energy and water efficiency and renewable energy projects that cut operating costs and reduce environmental impact.

Western Illinois U Creates Sustainability Fund Grant

The university's Campus Sustainability Committee has newly formed the Student Sustainability Fund Award designed to support student research, campus projects and professional presentations in the area of sustainability up to $500.

Lake Superior College Receives $30K Conservation Grant

The main campus now has a hybrid boiler system for heating and high-efficiency water heaters, which are intended to reduce overall carbon emissions.

San Francisco State U Receives $10K for Bike Safety

The $10,000 grant was awarded to the university's Sustainable Initiatives program to host a series of events with topics on building confidence, maintenance workshops and safety seminars.

U Idaho Awards Nearly $14K Toward Engagement

The university's Sustainability Center and the Office of Community Partnerships have awarded $13,900 to initiatives that facilitate student and community engagement in building sustainability through areas including on-campus transportation and climate, and community outreach and native landscaping.

EPA Awards $5M for Clean Water Projects

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awarded the five universities to evaluate innovative green infrastructure practices in urban areas, using Philadelphia, Pa. as the pilot area. These grants stem from a cooperative partnership between EPA and Philadelphia’s Green City, Clean Waters program that represents a broad, long-term investment in implementing green infrastructure stormwater management practices. The awardees include universities are Villanova University, Swarthmore College, Temple University, University of New Hampshire and University of Pennsylvania.

U Albany Awarded Two Grants for Campus Sustainability

One grant in the amount of $607,000 will go to support the environmental initiatives of a planned expansion of the university's Campus Center, while the other grant is intended to initiate a campus-wide composting project.

U Washington Awards $279K to Campus Sustainability Projects

The university's Green Seed Fund has selected five winning proposals submitted by faculty, students and staff that advance sustainable research, contribute to campus sustainability goals, and will contribute to greenhouse gas reductions.

HKUST Announces Grant Recipients

(Hong Kong): After recently receiving external funding that was matched, the university awarded 23 masters students with funding for research around environmental sustainability and conservation engineering, with a focus on green motoring and transportation.

U Massachusetts Amherst Receives $485K to Bolster Food System

(U.S.): Seeking to transform the food landscape to a more sustainable one, the Kendall Foundation has recently awarded the university $485,000 over two years with an initial focus of cultivating new suppliers of environmentally sound produce and offering more free-range poultry and animal products in its newly remodeled dining hall.

Cornell U Faculty Vote to Divest

By a 43-13 Faculty Senate vote, a resolution called for the divestiture by 2035 of all investments in the top 200 holding companies ranked by fossil fuel reserves.

Hiram College Receives Funding for Emissions Reducing Activities

Recently acquired from the state's Energy Loan Fund, the money will be spent on improvements to lighting and air handlers, automation, windows, low-flow toilets and showers, and vending machine conservation efforts.

Portland State U Receives $98K Grant for Local Foods Program

The university will use the newly acquired funds for an initiative with Mt. Hood Community College Head Start and Early Head Start to increase the availability of local foods in an effort to combat obesity.

Columbia U Introduces Green Fund

Aimed at improving sustainability of the university's campus, the new fund will support student-led projects selected by a committee of personnel and students.

New Mexico State U Receives $2M for Water Research

Realizing the valuable role that water research plays in the state, the governor's office recently announced additional funding allocated to the New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute, which will be distributed to several universities including the University of New Mexico and New Mexico Tech.

Simon Fraser U Launches Revolving Fund

The university's new initiative, Sustainable Utilities Revolving Fund, is a self-replenishing fund that supports energy and water initiatives that generate cost savings.

College of William & Mary Selects Green Fee Proposals

(U.S.): The university's Committee on Sustainability has selected 10 proposals to fund totaling nearly $52,000, including a paperless management system, funding for a garden intern, and a student outreach position for marine education.

Emory U Awards Sustainability Project Funding

(U.S.): This year the Office of Sustainability Initiatives funded 18 projects totaling $16,000 including an expansion of recycling and composting, hosting a day-long conference, development of food gardens for patient meals, and human-powered phone chargers.

Portland State U Initiates Green Revolving Fund

(U.S.): Aiming to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, lower utility expenses and advance the university's climate action goals, the new $500,000 fund will be used towards projects that improve building conditions and reduce its environmental footprint. Savings are reinvested in the fund.

U Georgia Students Vote in Favor of Green Fee Increase

(U.S.): In a special election during this year's homecoming, students voted 75 percent in favor of the $1 increase from $3 to $4, a portion of which goes toward staff salaries.

U Washington Offers Campus Research Project Funding

(U.S.): The university recently established the new Green Seed Fund to provide grants of $25,000 to $75,000 for proposals outlining research projects that provide practical solutions to helping the university reach its sustainability goals.

AACC Receives $1M Grant for Clean Technology Training

The recently awarded funding to the American Association of Community Colleges' Sustainability Education and Economic Development (SEED) Center will be used to expand training and sustainability education innovations at community colleges nationwide.

American Farmland Trust Awards Local Food Funding

The funding has been awarded to four SUNY campuses, University of Albany, New Paltz, Oswego and Oneonta, and aims to promote AFT's pilot project called Farm to College. The new program seeks to increase the use of fresh, frozen and processed vegetables raised by New York farmers by all SUNY colleges.

U British Columbia Students Begin Divestiture Campaign

A student activist group calls for the divestiture of approximately $100 million of its endowment fund citing fossil fuel companies' contribution to climate change.

U Delaware Renewable Energy Credits Fund Graduate Position

A newly established three-year deal enables the university to sell its renewable energy credits from the university-owned wind turbine to a local municipality, with an annual floor of $35,000, which will fund a graduate-student fellowship within the College of Earth, Ocean and Environment.

Wesleyan U Students Pass Fossil Fuel Divestment Resolution

Proposed to further social and environmental justice on a financial level, Wesleyan Student Assembly recently passed the resolution calling for divestiture and citing the socioeconomic implications of condoning fossil fuels, and previous conscientious divestments.

Energy Department Awards $1.08M for Diversity in Solar Industry

The U.S. Department of Energy's SunShot Diversity in Science and Technology Advances National Clean Energy in Solar (DISTANCE-Solar) program awarded funding to Delaware State University and the University of Texas at San Antonio. The DISTANCE-Solar initiative aims to drive solar innovation among underrepresented groups and spur new domestic job creation.

Naropa U Divests from Fossil Fuels

After recent unanimous vote by the university's endowment committee, the institution has fully divested from companies identified as having the highest potential greenhouse gas emissions. From, a campaign to divest from fossil fuels, Naropa is one of eight institutions that has committed to divestiture of fossil fuel holdings.

Foothill-De Anza CC Foundation Divests from Fossil Fuel Holdings

Citing the community college district's commitment to environmental sustainability and a thoughtful student campaign, the college's Board of Directors voted to discontinue direct investments in fossil fuel companies and minimize investments in commingled assets that include such companies. As of the date of this article, the foundation's holdings were valued at about $33 million, of which approximately one percent was invested in fossil fuel companies. From, a campaign to divest from fossil fuels, eight higher education institutions have committed to divestiture from holdings in fossil fuels.

Penn State Senior Class Gift for Green Roof Terrace

The senior class' recent decision will expand the terrace to include additional seating and more space for organizational programming.

Chatham U Receives $15M Gift

The Falk Foundation recently awarded the university funding that will support the university's School of Sustainability & the Environment through an academic endowment and help fund construction of the Eden Hall Campus. Further, the funding will be applied to student internships and expansion of the university's Rachel Carson Institute.

U Maine Farmington Receives $5,000 Grant for Curriculum

The university recently received the funding from Northern New England Campus Compact for integrating climate change and water quality community projects into students' regular coursework during the 2013-14 academic year.

Penn State Commences Sustainability Grant Program

Supporting collaborative projects that improve and expand campus sustainability at the university, the new Reinvention Fund will invest approximately $600,000 in projects proposed by teams from across all of the University's colleges, campuses and administrative units. Faculty can submit proposals under one of three different areas while student proposals will fall under the grant category student sustainability innovation.

Case Western Reserve U Receives $6M Gift

The Weatherhead School of Management received the gift from Fairmount Minerals for the newly formed Fowler Family Fellowships, a fellow program that supports MBA students who focus on application of the principles of sustainability in business.

Coastal Carolina U Receives $5M Donation

Along with supporting the university's athletic program and endowed scholarships, a portion of the donation from TD Bank Group will support the continued sustainability initiatives of the university.

Franklin Pierce U Receives Grant for Sustainability Forum

Bolstering the support of the university's year-long sustainability communication campaign called Voices: Engaging Communication for Sustainability, the $1000 grant will be used to conduct workshops and solicit speakers.

Jacksonville State U Students Propose Green Fund

Inspired by other green fund campaigns in Alabama, two student clubs have teamed up with the Coalition of Alabama Students for the Environment to propose a new campus fund that would support student-designed projects for energy independence, efficiency, renewables and water conservation.

Western Kentucky U Receives Grant for Greenhouse

The recently acquired $5,000 grant from Farm Credit Mid-America in Glasgow will enable the student-led Greentoppers Program to renovate a campus greenhouse.

HKUST Receives Grant

(Hong Kong): The Ford Motor Company recently announced the university is the recipient of HKD500,000 for the Ford-HKUST Conservation and Environmental Research Grants which support postgraduate environmental and conservation science, and conservation engineering advancements. A maximum of 20 project will be supported during the 2013-14 academic year.

Portland State U Awards $25K to Cleantech Competition Winners

(U.S.): Sharing the award money to further their business plan, two teams were recently announced as final winners in the competition, which drives development an innovative product that conserves resources. One team engineered naturally derived solar materials while the second team focused on sustainable fisheries.

Western Kentucky U Glasgow Receives $5K Grant

(U.S.): The recently appointed funding from Farm Credit Mid-America will support agriculture and sustainability through expansion of the university's student-led Greentopper Program, an outreach program focusing on the environment, community and economy.

New Program Increases Community College Access

As the country grapples with how to make college more affordable, the new Benefits Access for College Completion program aims to help low-income community college students connect to social services support such as child care subsidies and food assistance. The three-year $4.84 million pilot initiative is funded by Ford Foundation, the Kresge Foundation, Lumina Foundation, the Open Society Foundations, and managed by the Center for Law and Social Policy and the American Association of Community Colleges.

Portland State U Grant Supports Climate Modeling Computer

A recently awarded $350,000 grant from Murdock Charitable Trust supports research related to climate, air pollution and energy-efficient transportation systems. Additional support provided by Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science (MCECS), the Institute for Sustainable Solutions and PSU’s office of Research and Strategic Partnerships.