Initiatives and Networks

Billion Dollar Green Challenge

The Billion Dollar Green Challenge (The Challenge) encourages colleges, universities, and other nonprofit institutions to invest a combined total of one billion dollars in self-managed revolving funds that finance energy efficiency improvements. Participating institutions will achieve reductions in operating expenses and greenhouse gas emissions, while creating regenerating funds for future projects.

The Sustainable Endowments Institute, in collaboration with 16 partner organizations, has launched The Challenge to help nonprofit institutions achieve sizable energy savings through the use of green revolving funds.

Click here for details on joining the Billion Dollar Green Challenge. 



CDP investor initiatives – backed in 2014 by more than 767 institutional investors representing an excess of US$92 trillion in assets – give investors access to a global source of year-on-year information that supports long-term objective analysis. This includes evidence and insight into companies’ greenhouse gas emissions, water usage and strategies for managing climate change, water and deforestation risks.

Leveraging the power of the shareholder and lender, CDP has gathered the largest global collection of self reported environmental information. Our system enables companies around the world to measure, disclose, manage and share climate change, forest and water information. As a result, these investor initiatives play a critical role in driving emissions reductions and improved water and forest management and trigger corporate behavioral change.

CDP has investor "Signatories" and "Members". Becoming a CDP Signatory allows investors access to all company information at no charge through endorsement of our annual questionnaires. CDP Investor Membership allows signatories to signal their commitment to and financial support for CDP, and gives access to powerful software enabling easy analysis of company responses

Click here for details on becoming a CDP Signatory or a CDP Member. 


Investor Network on Climate Risk

INCR is managed by Ceres. It partners with investors in North America and worldwide to advance the investment opportunities and reduce the material risks posed by sustainability challenges such as global climate change and water scarcity.

With its unique capacity to foster constructive engagement between investors, companies, environmentalists and policymakers, INCR has grown from 10 institutional investors managing $600 billion in 2003, to over 100 members managing over $11 trillion in assets today.  Members include BlackRock, Deutsche Asset Management and TIAA-CREF, as well as public pension funds in California, Connecticut, Florida, New York and Maryland. 

Click here for details on joining INCR. 


Principles for Responsible Investment

Becoming a signatory to the PRI allows endowments to publicly demonstrate a commitment to responsible investment and join a global community seeking to build a more sustainable financial system. 

The PRI Initiative provides a high-level framework for integrating ESG issues into investment decision-making and ownership practices within the boundary of investors’ fiduciary duties and offers a comprehensive range of tools and resources to support signatories.

Signatories have the opportunity to participate in more than 100 online and in-person events and webinars hosted by the Initiative around the world each year to network, collaborate and learn from their peers. This includes the annual signatory-only event, PRI in Person, which, like the Initiative as a whole, has an agenda designed to offer something for every signatory, regardless of their size, location, asset class focus, style of responsible investment or progress towards implementation. 

Click here for details on joining PRI. 


TIAA Low Carbon Social Choice Fund

In the course of conversations around intentionally designed endowments, the topic of sustainable and low-carbon investment options for faculty and staff retirement often arises. TIAA offers a low-carbon retirement fund, and there is an informal effort among interested faculty and staff to build awareness about this option and to advocate for more universities to highlight it for their employees. 

Click here for more details on the Low Carbon Social Choice Fund for employee retirement funds.