Webinar: Investing in Clean Energy for Campuses and Endowments

Webinar:  Investing in Clean Energy for Campuses and Endowments

Date:  12/13 at 1:30-2:30pm EST

Co-hosted by the Intentional Endowments Network (IEN) and the Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA), this webinar will provide an overview of the Intentional Endowments Network's (IEN) new report titled “Investing in Clean Energy: Campuses and Endowments” which was designed to encourage conversation about the financial and societal benefits of clean energy investments higher education can make – both as a customer and an institutional investor through their endowments.


  • John Chaimanis, Co-Founder and Managing Director, Kendall Sustainable Infrastructure
  • Nick Hylla, Executive Director, Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA)
  • Ken Locklin, Managing Director, Impax Asset Management
  • Chris O'Brien, Director, Altenex

Clean energy investment includes everything from stable, capital-intensive, commercially viable infrastructure options to early stage startup ventures, and each carries its own risk and reward profile. As each investment strategy requires differing resources and timeframes, consulting with investment advisors and industry experts is the best way to determine which strategy is most suitable for any individual campus’ needs. There is no barrier to these clean energy investment strategies that cannot be addressed, and participating in peer-to-peer dialogue and forming strategic partnerships is a great way to start finding solutions.  This webinar will explore the current opportunities and barriers to such investments.


This report was developed by and in consultation with members of IEN's Clean Energy Working Group.

 Clean Energy Working Group Members:

  • Chris O'Brien (Chair), Director of Higher Education Programs, Altenex; Lecturer and former Director of Sustainability, American University
  • John Chaimanis, Managing Director, Kendall Sustainable Infrastructure
  • Daniel Dixon, Director, Office of Sustainability, University of Maine
  • Kevin Brennan, Principal, Equilibrium Capital
  • Alex Bernhardt, Head of Responsible Investment, US Mercer
  • Jenny Heeter, Senior Energy Analyst, NREL
  • Bracken Hendricks, CEO, Urban Ingenuity 
  • Nick Hylla, Executive Director, Midwest Renewable Energy Association
  • Ken Locklin, Director, Impax Asset Management
  • Michele Madia, Director of Education and Partnerships, Second Nature
  • Erik Melang, ‎Senior Managing Director, Clean Energy Advisors
  • Mark Orlowski, Executive Director, Sustainable Endowments Institute
  • Liesel Schwarz, Sustainability Director, Villanova University 
  • Dave Wallace, Managing Director, Investments, Pomona College

Contributing Authors: 

  • Georges Dyer, Principal, Intentional Endowments Network 
  • Nicole Harman, Program Associate, Intentional Endowments Network
  • Jacqui Smith, Senior Fellow, Intentional Endowments Network 
  • Yingjie Wang, Intern, Intentional Endowments Network and Student, Yale University

Interview Subjects for Campus Snapshots:

  • Gerry DaRosa: Director of Energy Innovation, Arizona State University
  • Ryan Ihrke: Director of Sustainability, Green Mountain College 
  • Amy Jaffe, Senior Advisor at UC Regents and Executive Director, Energy and Sustainability at UC Davis
  • Jim Martin-Schramm, Professor of Religion, Luther College 
  • Julie Paquette, Director of Energy Management at Yale University, Office of Facilities
  • Cindy Pollock Shea: Sustainability Director, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill 



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