Sustainable Endowments Institute
|Type||research and education|
|Mission||To advance sustainability in higher education.|
The Sustainable Endowments Institute (SEI) is a nonprofit organization engaged in research and education to advance sustainability in higher education's campus operations and endowment practices. Founded in 2005, SEI is a special project of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors SEI is located in Boston, Massachusetts.
College Sustainability Report Card
SEI produced the College Sustainability Report Card, the first sustainability survey inside higher education covering over 300 schools in North America, across all 50 states and 8 Canadian provinces. The project surveyed administrators, students, and campus community members on 9 categories: administration, climate change and energy, food and recycling, green building, student involvement, transportation, endowment transparency, investment priorities, and stakeholder engagement. SEI supplemented these surveys with publicly available information to produce a grade, from an F to an A, for each institution.
The Billion Dollar Green Challenge
The Billion Dollar Green Challenge (The Challenge) is an initiative to promote the revolving loan fund model to finance sustainability projects on college, university, and other nonprofit institutional campuses. The Challenge advocates for increased investment in energy efficiency improvements, with a goal one billion dollars in self-managed revolving funds, coined green revolving funds.
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