Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Green Fund

The HBCU Green Fund is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization established to support and finance green infrastructure and building upgrades, retrofits, renovations, and other sustainability projects at historically black colleges and universities.  The Fund utilizes a creative mix of fundraising appeals to generate resources needed to finance HBCU green projects at low or no cost to colleges and universities. 

Developed under the Building Green Initiative first launched by UNCF and subsequently housed at Clark Atlanta University, the Fund promotes proven green revolving fund strategies and paid from savings retrofit models while working to establish a green fund with the capacity to finance projects. 

While focused on buildings and infrastructure, the HBCU Green Fund team is also active in advancing interdisciplinary sustainability curricula, student engagement and research, environmental and climate justice.  The trailblazing team has managed green ambassador programs, faculty development, and facilities enhancement projects, and supported numerous national environmental campaigns targeting campuses.

The Intentional Endowment Network (IEN) and the HBCU Green Fund recently launched a new initiative focused on supporting endowments investing with a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) lens.  The central driving force of this initiative is a high-level Working Group of 20 senior leaders from higher education, the investment industry, foundations, and non-profit partners. If you are interested in learning more about this initiative, please contact Kaede Kawauchi at [email protected].

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