Portland State University

Endowment Value: $58 million (June 2016)

Portland State University (PSU) is a public, nonprofit, coeducational research university located in Portland, Oregon with a student body of around 25,000. The Investment Committee of the PSU Foundation Board of Trustees oversees the endowment.

Portland State University is on its way to becoming the first university in Oregon to have no investments in the Carbon Underground Top 200 companies, which are companies that own the most global fossil fuel reserves and hence have the most potential for producing high amounts of carbon emissions.

As a result of student advocacy on the Divest Portland State (DPS) campaign, an Environmental Social Governance (ESG) statement was added to the PSU Foundation’s investment policy in early 2015. This method for screening and monitoring companies is used by the entire University of California system, which has sold and reinvested $200 million in fossil fuel holdings in recent months.  

Portland State University is a participant or member of the following Initiatives & Commitments: 

  • IEN Founding Member (2016)
  • AASHE STARS: Yes, Gold
  • ACUPCC: Yes, Climate Neutral by 2040
  • Billion Dollar Green Challenge: Yes
  • CDP: No
  • Committee on Investor Responsibility: No
  • Divestment Goal: No
  • INCR: No
  • Montreal Carbon Pledge: No
  • Sustainable Investment Fund: Yes
  • Sustainable Investment Policy: Yes
  • Principles for Responsible Investment: No


Other Sustainable Practices

ESG investment strategies, a method for climate justice


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