Virginia Wesleyan University


Endowment Value: $60.3 million (2020)

Virginia Wesleyan University is Coastal Virginia's premier university of the liberal arts and sciences. Situated on a 300-acre park-like campus in Virginia Beach, the University annually enrolls approximately 1,600 students in undergraduate, graduate, and online programs, approximately 400 students at LUJ/VWU Global (Japan), and approximately 3,000 non-credit learners in VWU Global Campus.

In 2019 the Board of Trustees moved the endowment to an Outsourced Chief Investment Officer model with Commonfund of Wilton, Connecticut. 

Virginia Wesleyan University is deeply committed to studying and enhancing sustainability within the campus, the community, and the world. The state-of-the-art Greer Environmental Sciences Center received the “Conservationist of the Year” award from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation in 2018. The Gardens at the Greer are a spacious living instructional landscape maintained through a partnership with nearby Norfolk Botanical Garden. The 18-acre Wilson Arboretum was established in 1995. The 12-acre Beech Forest, a rare example of an old-growth stand of beech trees, was designated a Natural Heritage Resource by the Commonwealth of Virginia in 1992. The campus features over 13 miles of biking and hiking paths and trails. Through a partnership with the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center, the University jointly owns and operates a research vessel, The Ocean Explorer. VWU’s Batten Honors College includes as a part of its mission: “to inspire, engage, and prepare academically talented students to become leaders, environmental stewards, and impactful citizens in the global community.” Sustainability efforts at Virginia Wesleyan "reflect a larger commitment to ethical conduct and social responsibility through environmental stewardship and education." In 2020, the Board of Trustees adopted “Environmental Guiding Principles” to be embedded in the permanent mind-set for future planning.

Virginia Wesleyan University is a participant or member of the following Initiatives & Commitments: 

  • IEN Member (2016)
  • ACUPCC: Yes, Carbon Neutral by 2040
  • Billion Dollar Green Challenge: No
  • CDP: No
  • Committee on Investor Responsibility: No
  • Divestment Goal: No
  • INCR: No
  • Montreal Carbon Pledge: No
  • Sustainable Investment Fund: No
  • Sustainable Investment Policy: No
  • Principles for Responsible Investment: Yes

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