Lewis and Clark College

Endowment Value: $241.7 million (2020)

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

Spurred largely by a student-led divestment campaign, the Lewis & Clark Board of Trustees voted in February of 2018 to divest from all fossil fuel holdings in the endowment by 2023. The college’s investment policy is guided by a set of ESG guidelines. The Operations Committee of the Sustainability Council is charged with advising on proxy voting for investments and contributing to ESG program development/reassessment, 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, Carbon Neutral by 2058
  • 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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