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Committees on Investor Responsibility
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College / UniversityName of Committee / PolicyCommittee Members
# of People
on Committee
AASHE
Report
Charter or
Mission of Committee
Engage in Proxy
Voting?
Finance Professional
on Committee?
SRI/ESG Considersations
in Endowment Investing
Committee
Activities
Year FoundedOther NotesDisclose
Fund Holdings?
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American UniversityAdvisory Committee on Socially Responsible Investing4 students, 3 faculty, 1 staff, and 1 alumni10AASHE Report
"The mission of the Advisory Committeee on
Socially Responsible Investing (ACSRI) is to
advise the Finance and Investment Committee
of the Board of Trustees, through the Office
of the CFO, Vice President, and Treasurer,
regarding ethical, social, and environmental
issues that might influence the management
of the University's endowment."
NoNo
Recommended to the
board total divestment
from fossil-fuel
investments within the
endowment. The board
did not approve of this
recommendation.
No
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Amherst CollegeAdvisory Committee on SRIUnclearUnclearN/ANo info availlable. Password protected website.UnclearUnclearUnclear2008No
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Appalachian State UniversitySustainable Investment Committee6 staff, 1 student, 1 faculty8AASHE ReportNoYesNoNo
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Arizona State UniversitySubcommittee of Investment Committee
investment committee chair, 1 student, 1 faculty, 2 staff, 1 alumni
6AASHE Report
"provide fiduciary oversight of the
ESG donor option and keep up to
date on new information, topics
and products available in the marketplace."
YesYes
Yes, $116 million (17%) in businesses
with positive ESG scores/factors. 19.6%
of long term investment is in Dow Jones
Sustainability Index
Yes
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Bard College Bard SRI Committee4 faculty, 4 staff8AASHE ReportYesYesNoNo
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Barnard CollegeAdvisory Committee on Socialy Responsible Investing2 faculty, 2 students, 2 alumni6N/A
"Advising the Trustees on the social
implications of Barnard's institutional
investment program and to advise
the Board's Committee on
Investments on social and ethical
issues that arise in the management
of the College's endowment"
UnclearYesYesNo
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Bates CollegeBoard Investment Committeefaculty, staffUnclearAASHE ReportUnclearYesNo
CIR is subgroup of BOD
No
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Berea CollegeCommittee for Socially Responsible Investing2 students, 4 faculty, 2 alums8AASHE ReportNoNoYesNo
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Boston UniversityAdvisory Committee on Socially Responsible InvestingCIO, 3 Trustees, 3 students, 3 faculty, 1 admin11AASHE ReportNoYesYesNo
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Brandeis UniversityCommittee on Endowment Ethics and ResponsibilityDean of Financial Services, 5 student reps, 2 faculty8AASHE ReportOUTDATEDOutdatedOUTDATEDOUTDATEDNo
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Brown UniversityAdvisory Committee on Corporate Responsibility in Investment Practices2 faculty, 1 undergrad, 1 grad, 1 staff, 2 alumni7N/A
"examines all proxy resolutions concerning
issues of social responsibility that are
presented to the University as a shareholder"
YesYesYesannual report
Has Charter w/ goals
No
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Carleton CollegeCarleton Responsible Investment Committee2 faculty, 5 students, 2 staff9AASHE Report
"make recommendations about the
management of the endowment to the
Board of Trustees"
YesYesYes
annual report +
biweekly meetings
2005Top 10 public equity holdings here
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Clark UniversityShareholder Responsibility Committee3 trustees, 3 faculty, 2 students8AASHE Report
"Consider all shareholder resolutions
presented to Clark that ask the University to
vote in favor of actions designed to reduce
greenhouse gas emissions"
YesNoNoannual reportNo
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Clarkson UniversityCFO, 1 Trustee, 2 students, 2 faculty6AASHE Report
"Assesses and makes recommendations to the Board investment committee regarding SRI."
NoYesYes2013
Little information about committee online
Yes
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College of the AtlanticCommittee on Investor Responsibilitystudents, faculty, staffUnclearAASHE ReportUnclearYesYesPartially
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Colorado CollegeCampus Sustainability Council - RI Sub-Committee4 students, 1 staff, 1 faculty6AASHE Report
"in charge of submitting proxy votes in the interest of voting for socially responsible and environmentally ethical practices of the companies invested in through JW Bristol Holdings"
YesNoYes2010Yes
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Colorado StateCommittee on Investor Responsibility
4 trustees, 7 students, 2 faculty, 7 foundation staff, several alumni and community members
25AASHE Report
"developing and supporting initiatives in sustainable investment as outlined by the Socially Responsible Investment Policy"
YesYesYes
annual letter to
investement managers
meeting minutes here
Yes
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Columbia UniversityAdvisory Committee on Socially Responsible Investing4 students, 4 faculty, 4 alumni, 2 staff (non-voting)12AASHE Report
Evaluates student proposals for divestment and either recommends or declines to recommend them to the board. Has considered 5 proposals. 2 were recommended (divestment from tobacco and Sudan); 3 were not recommended (p44 of attached report).
YesYes
Yes, divestment from coal, Sudan,
and tobacco
minutes here2000
report on committee here
No
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Concordia UniversityJoint Sustainable Investment Advisory Committeeundergrads, grads, 2 faculty (finance), foundation staffUnclearAASHE Report
"Developing and supporting initiatives in sustainable investment as outlined by the Socially Responsible Investment Policy"
NoYes
Yes, $5 million in sustainable investment
funds
Yes
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Dartmouth CollegeAdvisory Committee on Investor ResponsibilityNOT ACTIVEUnclearN/ANOT ACTIVENOT ACTIVENOT ACTIVE
Yes: "Members of the Dartmouth community may review a hard copy list of publicly traded securities registered in Dartmouth College’s name by visiting the Office of Investments between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m."
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Dickinson CollegeThe SRI Discussion Group
VP Finance, 2 Trustees, 2 Alumni, 9 students, 2 staff, 3 faculty
19AASHE Report
"Developing and supporting initiatives in sustainable investment as outlined by the Socially Responsible Investment Policy"
NoYes
Yes, $43 million in sustainable industries
and $18 million in sustainable
investment funds (15.97% of endowment)
2007No
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Duke UniversityAdvisory Committee on Investment Responsibility1 undergrad, 1 grad, 1 alumnus, 2 faculty, 4 staff/admin9AASHE Report
Recommend to university president possible actions for socially responsible investment
YesYesYes2004No
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Earlham CollegeSocially Responsible Investments Advisory Committee VP Finance, 2 trustees, 2 students, 2 faculty, 2 staff9AASHE ReportYesYesYesNo
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Furman University
5 investment committee members (also on BOT), students, faculty
AASHE ReportNoYesNoNo
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George Washington University
Committee on Investor ResponsabilityUnclearAASHE ReportIN DEVELOPMENTIN DEVELOPMENT2018No
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Georgetown UniversityCommittee on Investments and Social Responsibility2 faculty, 4 students, 3 staff9N/AYesNoYes, divested from tar sands2-3 meetings per quarterminutes onlineNo
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Green Mountain CollegeSocially Responsible Investments Advisory Committee1 CFO, 2 Trustees, 2 students, 2 faculty, 1 staff8AASHE Report
"Review the College’s investment portfolio and provide recommendations regarding socially responsible investment initiatives to the Investment Committee of the Board of Trustees"
NoYesYesQuarterly meeting2010Yes
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Hampshire CollegeCommittee at Hampshire On Investment Responsibility2 Trustees, 2 students, 1 faculty, 1 staff6AASHE Report
"Provide the full board of trustees with a copy of its recommendations to the Investment Committee"
NoYesYesNo
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Harvard UniversityAdvisory Committee on Shareholder Responsibility4 students, 4 faculty, 4 alumni12N/AYesYes annual report1972
votes on about 50 proposals per year (mostly proxy voting)
No
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Harvey Mudd CollegeThe Investment Committee of the Board of TrusteesAll alumni (about 30)30AASHE Report
"Serves the function of a formally established and active committee on investor responsibility"
NoYesNo
This committe is just the BOD. Not a separate committee for ESG integration
No
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Haverford CollegeCommittee on Investments and Social Responsibility4 Administrators, 1 student, 7 staff, 12AASHE ReportYesYesYesannual reportNo
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Humboldt State UniversityFinance and Investor Responsibility2 students, 1 faculty, 9 alumni/staff12AASHE Report
Reviews socially responsible investing on quarterly basis
NoYesYesannual report
Committee within the non-profit school Foundation
Yes
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Keene State CollegeKeene Endowment Association8 alums, 2 faculty, 3 staff, 4 local citizens17AASHE ReportNoYesNoNo
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Knox CollegeKnox Advisory Committee on Socially Responsible Investing
VP finance, Pres, 1 trustee, 3 students, 3 faculty, 2 alumni,
11AASHE ReportNoYesNoNo
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Lewis & Clark CollegeOperations Committee of the Sustainability CouncilCIO, 4 staff, 3 students, 1 Faculty10AASHE Report
"advising on proxy voting for investments, participates in ESG program developing/re-assessment"
YesYesYesYes
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Loyola Marymount University
1 Trustee, 1 Faculty, 1 Staff, 1 Undergraduate, 1 Graduate student, the Responsible Investing Associate, and 1 Jesuit
7AASHE ReportNoYesYes2017No
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Macalester CollegeSocial Responsibility Committee1 Trustee, 2 students, 2 faculty, 3 staff8AASHE ReportNoYesNo
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MacEwan UniversitySustainability Investment Tactic GroupVP Finance, CFO, 1 student, 2 staff, 1 faculty6AASHE Report
review best practices and examples of sustainability investment across the Higher Education sector
NoYesNoNo
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McGill UniversityCommittee to Advise on Matters of Social Responsibility1 Trustee, 1 student, 2 staff, 1 alum, 1 community 7AASHE Report
advises the Board on matters concerning social responsibility related to University investments
NoYesYesdivest report hereYes
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Middlebury CollegeMiddlebury Advisory Committee on Socially Responsible Investing5 students, 1 admin, 1 faculty, 1 alumni8AASHE ReportYesYesNoNo
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Missouri State UniversityBoard of TrusteesstaffUnclearAASHE ReportNoYesNo
committee is just B.O.T.
No
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Northland CollegeNorthland College Committee on Investor Responsibility
Finance VP, 4 trustees, 3 students, 4 admin, 2 faculty members
14AASHE ReportNoYesYes, divested from fossil fuels in 2017No
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Northwestern UniversityAdvisory Committee on Investment Responsibility2 undergrad, 2 grad, 2 faculty, 2 staff, 2 alumni10AASHE Report
debating issues, arising from the campus community, and providing recommendations to the Investment Committee of the Board of Trustees, through the Chief Investment Officer
YesNoNoquarterly2016
hears all student proposals
No
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Oberlin CollegeImpact Investment Platform Subcommittee of the Board of Trustees Investment Committee
CIO, 2 investment committee members, 2 Trustees, 2 students, 1 faculty, 1 alumni
9AASHE ReportNoYes
Yes, $5 million in Impact Investing Platform in 2014. Investment committee now allows students to submit divestment proposals in response to "instances of human suffering, natural calamity and injustice"
2014
committe reports to CIO, but no finance professional on committee
No
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Oregon State UniversityAdvisory Committee for Public Input on Investments1 staff, 2 Trustees, 2 alumni5AASHE Report
address environmental, social, and governance concerns about the Foundation's investment holdings
NoYes
Yes, "offers a fossil-fuel-free fund alternative for endowment donors" starting 2016. Has $6 million in ESG companies (1.3% of portfolio)
gives donors chance to give to fossil free fund, but school won't divest. Committee gives recommendations based on presentations to the committee by stakeholder groups.
Yes
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Pitzer College8 trustees, 2 admins, 1 faculty, 1 student12AASHE ReportNoMaybe (8 trustees)
Yes, in 2017 it launched first ESG focussed fossil free Global Equity Fund with BlackRock
2014
school has divested in fossil fuels
No
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Pomona CollegeCommittee on Social Responsibility3 faculty, 3 students, 2 staff8AASHE Reportadvises president on proxy votingYesNo
Yes, $8 million in sustainable industries. Divested from tobacco.
1994No
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Princeton UniversityResources CommitteeVP Finance, 3 faculty, 2 undergrad, 1 grad, 1 staff8AASHE Report
“consider questions of general policy concerning the procurement and management of the University’s financial resources.”
No
Yes (3 non-voting finance professionals sit in)
Yes1970No
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Saint John's UniversityInvestment Committee (part of B.O.T.)Trustees, students, faculty, staffUnclearAASHE Reportinvest in a morally responsible manner.Yes
Yes (divestment in abortion, contraceptives, tobacco, weapons of mass destruction, and organizations supporting conflicting religions
students, faculty and staff are on the Board of Trustees
No
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San Francisco State University
Investment Committee ESG Subcommittee3 Trustees, 1 faculty, 1 staff,5AASHE Report
provides guidance on socially and environmentally responsible investment of endowment funds
No
Yes (board member VP at Morgan Stanley)
Yes, divestment from coal and tar sands in 2013, $5 million green fund for donors to opt into, pursuing full divestment,
investment committe minutes here
No
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Seattle UniversitySocially Responsible Investment (SRI) Task Force
4 staff, 2 faculty, 1 undergrad, 1 grad, 1 trustee, 1 Investment Committee member
10AASHE ReportNo
Yes (Investment committee member)
Yes, $500,000 green revolving fundNo
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Simon Fraser UniversityResponsible Investment Committee (committee within Borad of Governors)
Chair investment committee, 1 student, 1 faculty, 1 staff, 1 alumni, 1 board of governors member
6AASHE ReportYes
Yes (chair of investment advisory committee)
Yes, $4.5 million in impact investing fund, $11 million in CDFIs, $1 million in green revolving fund
No
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Smith CollegeAdvisory Committee on Investor Responsibility4 Trustees, 2 admin, 2 students, 2 faculty, 1 staff11AASHE ReportYes
Yes, $9.5 million in impact investing fund (0.59%)
Endowment "pooled with 12 other institutions including Barnard, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, The Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, Colonial Williamsburg, The Commonwealth Fund, Dickinson College, Houston Endowment, Henry Luce Foundation, Middlebury College, Trinity College, and The University of Tulsa" to establish sustainable investing alternatives to traditional option offered by investment managers
No
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St. John's University, New York
Investment Committee of B.O.T.Members from B.O.T.UnclearAASHE Report
help manage endowment funds for scholarships and the future education of St. John's students
YesYesYes, 5% of endowment in SRI fundsNo
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Stanford UniversityAdvisory Panel on Investment Responsibility and Licensing
4 faculty, 2 undergrads, 2 graduate students, 2 staff, 2 alumni.
12AASHE ReportYesNo
Yes (divestment only): Will not directly own securities in "specific companies whose principal business is the mining of coal for use in energy generation." Won't invest in "core tobacco companies." Won't directly own "securities in specific companies with operations in Sudan."
annual report1971
"requests to divest or take other action submitted by members of the Stanford community." NOTE: Divestment policy language doesn't seem very rigorous. Only divests from directly owning securities in specific coal companies. Unclear what that means.
No
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State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry
Foundation B.O.D.UnclearAASHE ReportNo
Yes, 1.2% in SRI Mutual Funds, and divested from fossil fuels
Yes
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State University of New York at Cortland
12 alumni/staff12AASHE ReportNoMaybe (12 alumni/staff)
Yes (divestment only from alchohol and tobacco)
AASHE indicates yes but difficult to locate
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Swarthmore CollegeCommittee on Investor Responsibility4 students, 3 staff, 1 board member8AASHE Report
"The committee does not provide recommendations on environmental responsibility. The College's Committee on Investor Responsibility is an advisory committee providing proxy voting recommendations on shareholder resolutions addressing social issues"
NoNoNo1997No
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Thompson Rivers UniversityResponsible Investment Committee
President, VP Finance, Associate VP Finance, Investment Manager, B.O.G. member, 1 sustainability committee member
6AASHE Report
TRU is committed to responsible investing as outlined in the United Nations (UN) Principles of Responsible Investing.
NoYesNo
Not really student or faculty representation on committee. 1 member chosen from mixed sustainability advisory committee who may be either student, faculty or staff.
Yes
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The New SchoolAdvisory Committee on Investor Responsibility1 Trustee, 2 students, 2 faculty, 2 staff7AASHE Report (Expired)NoNoNo
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Unity CollegeFinancial Affairs Committee
Board of Trustees members (includes student, faculty, alumni)
UnclearAASHE Report
"ensure the College invests Unity's endowment funds in accordance with our sustainability commitments"
NoYes
Yes, 3.5% in sustainable industries and a green revolving fund. Fossil fuels <1% of portfolio
Yes
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University of British Columbia
Responsible Investment Committee
Chair of Finance Committee, 5 Trustees, 1 alumni, VP Finance, 1 independant Investment Management Trust member
9AASHE ReportNoYes
Yes, $2.2 million (0.2%) in sustainable industries
No
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University of California, Irvine
Office of the Chief Investment Officer of the RegentsUC President, 11 regents, 1 alumni, 1 student, 2 staff16AASHE ReportYesYes
Yes, $50 million in energy VC investment. $110 million in SRI funds. In total 1.3% in sustainability investment funds/industries. Divested from Sudan, coal/tar sands, tobacco, private prison operators, and firearm manufactures
investment policy here
Yes
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University of California, Merced
Office of the Chief Investment Officer of the RegentsUC President, 11 regents, 1 alumni, 1 student, 2 staff16AASHE Report
ESG risks can present opportunities and that addressing these factors is in line with our fiduciary duty
YesYes
Yes, $50 million in energy VC investment. $110 million in SRI funds. In total 1.3% in sustainability investment funds/industries. Divested from Sudan, coal/tar sands, tobacco, private prison operators, and firearm manufactures
investment summary here
Yes
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University of California, Riverside
Office of the Chief Investment Officer of the RegentsUC President, 11 regents, 1 alumni, 1 student, 2 staff16AASHE ReportYesYes
Yes, $50 million in energy VC investment. $110 million in SRI funds. In total 1.3% in sustainability investment funds/industries. Divested from Sudan, coal/tar sands, tobacco, private prison operators, and firearm manufactures
2016 annual reportYes
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University of California, San Diego
Office of the Chief Investment Officer of the RegentsUC President, 11 regents, 1 alumni, 1 student, 2 staff16AASHE ReportYesYes
Yes, $50 million in energy VC investment. $110 million in SRI funds. In total 1.3% in sustainability investment funds/industries. Divested from Sudan, coal/tar sands, tobacco, private prison operators, and firearm manufactures
Yes
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University of California, Santa Barbara
Office of the Chief Investment Officer of the RegentsUC President, 11 regents, 1 alumni, 1 student, 2 staff16AASHE ReportYesYes
Yes, $50 million in energy VC investment. $110 million in SRI funds. In total 1.3% in sustainability investment funds/industries. Divested from Sudan, coal/tar sands, tobacco, private prison operators, and firearm manufactures
Yes
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University of California, Santa Cruz
Office of the Chief Investment Officer of the RegentsUC President, 11 regents, 1 alumni, 1 student, 2 staff16AASHE ReportYesYes
Yes, $50 million in energy VC investment. $110 million in SRI funds. In total 1.3% in sustainability investment funds/industries. Divested from Sudan, coal/tar sands, tobacco, private prison operators, and firearm manufactures
Yes
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University of ConnecticutPresident’s Committee on Corporate Social Responsibility8 staff, 2 students, 3 faculty, 13AASHE ReportNoNo
Yes, $16 million in sustainable industries (4.1%)
No
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University of Massachusetts Amherst
Socially Responsible Investing Advisory Committee2 alumni, 2 admin, 2 students, 2 faculty8AASHE ReportNoYes
Yes, $1 million in NBSLX--a socially responsible mutual fund--(0.14%) and no direct investment in fossil fuels.
No
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University of Massachusetts Lowell
Socially Responsible Investing Advisory Committee2 alumni, 2 admin, 2 students, 2 faculty8AASHE ReportNoYes
Yes, $1 million in NBSLX--a socially responsible mutual fund--(0.14%) and no direct investment in fossil fuels.
No
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University of Massachusetts Medical School
Socially Responsible Investing Advisory Committee2 alumni, 2 admin, 2 students, 2 faculty8AASHE ReportNoYes
Yes, $1 million in NBSLX--a socially responsible mutual fund--(0.14%) and no direct investment in fossil fuels.
No
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University of Minnesota, Duluth
Social Concerns Committee7 faculty, 4 students, 6 staff, 2 alumni, 19AASHE ReportNoYesYes, $37 million in sustainable industries
2017-18 minutes here
No
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University of Minnesota, Morris
Social Concerns Committee7 faculty, 4 students, 6 staff, 2 alumni,19AASHE ReportNoYesYes, $37 million in sustainable industries
2017-18 minutes here
No
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University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Social Concerns Committee7 faculty, 4 students, 6 staff, 2 alumni,19AASHE ReportNoYesYes, $37 million in sustainable industries
2017-18 minutes here
No
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University of New Hampshire
Committee on Investor Responsibility
2 alumni, 2 faculty, 2 students, 3 staff, 2 external advisors
11AASHE ReportNoYesYesNo
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University of Ontario Institute of Technology
Investment Committee5 staff, 1 student, 2 faculty, 4 finance experts11AASHE ReportNoYesNoNo
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University of PennsylvaniaSocial Responsibility Advisory Committee4 students, 4 faculty, 2 staff, 2 alumni12AASHE ReportNoNo
No, but has proxy voting guidelines on website
2003No
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University of PittsburghSocial Responsibility Investing Committee4 faculty, 2 students6AASHE ReportNoNoNo2017No
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University of San DiegoInvestment Committee of the Board of Trusteesfaculty, students, and BOT members8AASHE ReportNoYesNo
endowment is small ~$500,000
No
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University of South FloridaInvestment Committee1 faculty, 3 staff, 3 "independents"7AASHE ReportYesUnclearNoNo
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University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
UTRGV Foundation16 Trustees, 5 executive committee members21AASHE ReportNoYesNo
no students on committee
Yes
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University of UtahSocially Responsible and Environmentally Sustainable Investment Advisory Committeefaculty, staff, studentsUnclearAASHE Report
"advise and provide guidance to, among other entities, the Investment Advisory Committee on proposals regarding socially responsible and environmentally sustainable investment"
NoYesNoNo
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University of VermontSocially Responsible Investing Advisory Council
4 students, 2 faculty, 2 staff, 1 assistant controller (advisor)
9AASHE ReportYesYesYes2012No
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University of West GeorgiaSustainability director, VP of advancement2AASHE ReportNoNoNo
2 member committee?
No
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Vassar CollegeCampus Investor Responsibility Committee3 staff, 2 faculty, 2 students, 2 alumni9AASHE ReportYesYesYes (divesment only in Sudan since 2006)No
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Villanova UniversityCommittee on Social Responsible Proxy Votes
1 student, 1 faculty, 4 dean appointees, 1 president appointee
7AASHE ReportNoUnclear
Yes, 0.12% ($684,000) in sustainable industries
No
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Washington University in St. Louis
INACTIVEUnclearAASHE ReportNoUnclearNo2011No
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Wellesley CollegeSubcommittee on Proxy Voting2 students, 2 faculty, 3-4 trustees8AASHE ReportYesMaybe, (3-4 trustees)No, but is active proxy voterNo
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Wesleyan UniversityWesleyan Committee for Investor Responsibilitystudent, faculty, staff, alumniUnclearAASHE ReportYesUnclearYes2009No
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Williams CollegeAdvisory Committee on Shareholder ResponsibilityVP Finance, 2 students, 2 alumni, 2 faculty, 1 staff8AASHE ReportNoYes
Yes, divest from Sudan and $130,000 in Socially responsible mutual funds
No
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Yale UniversityAdvisory Committee on Investor Responsibility
two committees: ACIR (Yale Corperation members) and CCIR -- CCIR has 2 students, 2 faculty, 2 staff, 2 alumni
8AASHE ReportYesYesYesannual report1969Partially
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York UniversityAdvisory Committee on Responsible Investment3 faculty, 3 students, 3 staff9AASHE ReportNoYes
Yes, asks managers to consider ESG factors in all investments. Has no holdings in SRI companies though
Yes
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