Warren Wilson College

Endowment Value: $52.7 million (June 2018)

Warren Wilson College is a private college located in Swannanoa, North Carolina. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of around 600 students. The Board of Trustees' Investment Committee manages the endowment.

Warren Wilson College’s Board of Trustees voted unanimously in 2015 to divest endowment funds from fossil fuels over the next five years. In a move that aligns the college’s investments with its core values, the endowment will be separated from corporations listed among the Carbon Underground 200, which contains the world’s top coal, oil, and gas companies. The Board further adopted a Responsible Investment Policy that includes environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) considerations and management strategies. In addition, no new endowment funds being invested in fossil fuel companies and currently the College also conducts positive screenings based on ESG parameters. Within two years alone, the College successfully divested 84% of its portfolio.


Warren Wilson College is a participant or member of the following Initiatives & Commitments: 

  • AASHE STARS: Yes, Silver
  • ACUPCC: Yes, Climate Neutral by 2025
  • Billion Dollar Green Challenge: No
  • CDP: No
  • Divestment Goal: Yes, Full
  • Committee for Investor Responsibility: No
  • INCR: No
  • Montreal Carbon Pledge: No
  • Sustainable Investment Fund: No
  • Sustainable Investment Policy: Yes
  • Principles for Responsible Investment: No


Other Sustainable Investing Practices and News:


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