Lewis and Clark College

Endowment Value: $236.5 million (May 2018)

Lewis & Clark College is a private liberal arts college located in Portland, Oregon.The Board of Trustees manages Lewis and Clark's endowment. Since the 1990’s, the college has utilized its Sustainability Council comprised of students and faculty to lead environmental education and initiatives among its now 3,500 students.   Lewis & Clark College has a strong legacy of integrating sustainability on its campus and has earned itself the number one spot on Princeton Review’s “Green Colleges” list in 2015 (and continues to rank high today) and has been named one of Sierra Club’s ‘Cool Schools. For example, the college boasts sourcing 100% of its energy from wind and is only one of thirty higher education institutions nationwide to divest from all fossil fuel holdings in the endowment.

Spurred largely by student divestment campaigns, In February of 2018, the Lewis & Clark Board of Trustees voted to divest from all fossil fuel holdings in the endowment by 2023. The college’s investment policy is also guided by a set of ESG Guidelines in addition to explicit fossil fuel divestment. The Operations Committee of the Sustainability Council is charged with advising on proxy voting for investments and contributing to ESG program development/re-assessment, with several members also participating in a Divestment Sub-Committee.


Lewis and Clark College is a participant or member of the following Initiatives & Commitments: 

  • IEN Founding Member
  • AASHE STARS: Yes, Gold
  • ACUPCC: Yes, Climate Neutral By 2018
  • Billion Dollar Green Challenge: No
  • CDP: No
  • Committee on Investor Responsibility: Yes 
  • INCR: No
  • Divestment Goal: Yes, Full by 2023
  • Montreal Carbon Pledge: No
  • Sustainable Investment Fund: No
  • Sustainable Investment Policy: Yes 
  • Principles for Responsible Investment: No

Other Sustainable Investing Practices:

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