Investing in Clean Energy: Campuses and Endowments

The Intentional Endowments Network's (IEN) new report titled “Investing in Clean Energy: Campuses and Endowments” was designed to encourage conversation about the financial and societal benefits of clean energy investments higher education can make – both as a customer and an institutional investor through their endowments. It explores the current opportunities and barriers to such investments. 

Click here to access the “Investing in Clean Energy: Campuses and Endowments” report (pdf).

This report was developed by and in consultation with members of IEN's Clean Energy Working Group.


 Clean Energy Working Group Members:

  • Chris O'Brien (Chair), Director of Higher Education Programs, Altenex; Lecturer and former Director of Sustainability, American University
  • John Chaimanis, Managing Director, Kendall Sustainable Infrastructure
  • Daniel Dixon, Director, Office of Sustainability, University of Maine
  • Kevin Brennan, Principal, Equilibrium Capital
  • Alex Bernhardt, Head of Responsible Investment, US Mercer
  • Jenny Heeter, Senior Energy Analyst, NREL
  • Bracken Hendricks, CEO, Urban Ingenuity 
  • Nick Hylla, Executive Director, Midwest Renewable Energy Association
  • Ken Locklin, Director, Impax Asset Management
  • Michele Madia, Director of Education and Partnerships, Second Nature
  • Erik Melang, ‎Senior Managing Director, Clean Energy Advisors
  • Mark Orlowski, Executive Director, Sustainable Endowments Institute
  • Liesel Schwarz, Sustainability Director, Villanova University 
  • Dave Wallace, Managing Director, Investments, Pomona College
Contributing Authors: 
  • Georges Dyer, Principal, Intentional Endowments Network 
  • Nicole Harman, Program Associate, Intentional Endowments Network
  • Jacqui Smith, Senior Fellow, Intentional Endowments Network 
  • Yingjie Wang, Intern, Intentional Endowments Network and Student, Yale University
Interview Subjects for Campus Snapshots:
  • Gerry DaRosa: Director of Energy Innovation, Arizona State University
  • Ryan Ihrke: Director of Sustainability, Green Mountain College 
  • Amy Jaffe, Senior Advisor at UC Regents and Executive Director, Energy and Sustainability at UC Davis
  • Jim Martin-Schramm, Professor of Religion, Luther College 
  • Julie Paquette, Director of Energy Management at Yale University, Office of Facilities
  • Cindy Pollock Shea: Sustainability Director, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill 




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