Appalachian State University


Appalachian State University 

Endowment Value: $124.6 million (2021)

Appalachian State University is a public university that aims to create a world in which environmental, social, and economic conditions allow us to meet the needs of today and of future generations. The University’s endowment is managed by the Appalachian State University Foundation Inc.

In 2011, the University formed the Sustainable Investment Committee to demonstrate its commitment to socially responsible investing. The Committee is in the process of creating an impact investment fund that will be collaboratively managed by faculty, staff, and students and co-supervised by an Impact Advisory Council. That same year, the University adopted a comprehensive climate action plan with the goal of climate neutrality by 2050. ASU now offers a sustainable MBS degree program that integrates environmental and social impact into its curriculum.  


  • Bike Friendly University award (2016)
  • STARS Gold rating (2012, retained 2015)
  • Tree Campus USA certification (2015)
  • American Campuses Act on Climate Roundtable invited participant (2015)
  • Climate Leadership Award

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

  • AASHE STARS: Yes, Gold (2019)
  • ACUPCC:  Yes, carbon neutral by 2050
  • Billion Dollar Green Challenge: No
  • CDP: No
  • Committee for Investor Responsibility: Yes
  • Divestment Goal: No
  • INCR: No
  • Montreal Carbon Pledge: No
  • Sustainable Investment Fund:  In progress (2016)
  • Sustainable Investment Policy: Yes
  • Principles for Responsible Investment: No

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