Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 55.77
Liaison Susan Kaspari
Submission Date July 16, 2022

STARS v2.2

Central Washington University
PA-10: Sustainable Investment

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.96 / 3.00 Paul Elstone
Vice President of University Advancement
CWU Foundation
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Total value of the investment pool:
60,891,884 US/Canadian $

Value of holdings in each of the following categories:
Value of holdings
Sustainable industries (e.g., renewable energy or sustainable forestry) 550,000 US/Canadian $
Businesses selected for exemplary sustainability performance (e.g., using criteria specified in a sustainable investment policy) 2,700,000 US/Canadian $
Sustainability investment funds (e.g., a renewable energy or impact investment fund) 2,700,000 US/Canadian $
Community development financial institutions (CDFIs) or the equivalent 0 US/Canadian $
Socially responsible mutual funds with positive screens (or the equivalent) 2,700,000 US/Canadian $
Green revolving funds funded from the endowment 0 US/Canadian $

A brief description of the companies, funds, and/or institutions referenced above:

The total value of the investment pool combines the CWU Foundation and CWU Endowment funds. Analysis of holdings for teh CWU Endowment funds has not been completed, but is under investigation by the Council on Investor Responsibility.

The below information for the CWU Foundation was provided by Paul Elstone (VP University of Advancement), and Richard Stice from Wells Fargo, who manages the foundation accounts. Stice provided the monetary breakdown reported above.

Sustainable industries (e.g., renewable energy or sustainable forestry)=
From Elstone: The CWU Foundation invests in Sustainable Real Estate Investments Trusts (REIT). Several have revenues derived from carbon solutions and green buildings.
From Stice: Examples include Alexandria Real Estate Equities (ticker symbol ARE) and SBI Life Insurance Company Ltd. (SBILIFE).

Businesses selected for exemplary sustainability performance (e.g., using criteria specified in a sustainable investment policy)=
From Elstone: The CWUF portfolio invests in several sustainable real estate investment trusts (REITs) through a Sustainable REIT separately managed account. Environmental, social and governance performance (sustainability performance) is a critical component of the manager’s investment decision-making process. For example, Prologis is an industrial REIT that acquires, develops and maintains the largest collection of high quality logistics real estate in the world. Prologis has embedded environmental stewardship, social responsibility and governance practices across its business for more than four decades. Prologis was ranked #1 real estate company on Fortune Magazine 2022 world’s most admired companies list. The US Green Business Council (USGBC) has chosen Prologis for its Leadership Award, which is given to those with demonstrated vision, leadership and commitment to the evolution of USGBC’s green building industry. Prologis has developed and designed LEED Buildings all over the world. It is also the first logistics real estate company to have an approved science-based target (SBT) and is enabling the net zero journey for its customers by integrating supply chain decarburization solutions and developing buildings with sustainable features. Other REITS with exemplary sustainability performance include American Tower, Avalon Bay.
From Stice: In our estimation, all of the holdings within our proprietary REIT strategy and the Calvert Emerging Markets Equity fund (CVMRX) qualify for this category. Examples include Digital Realty Trust (DLR) and Prologis (PLD).

Sustainability investment funds (e.g., a renewable energy or impact investment fund)=
From Elstone: The CWUF invests in CVMRX, a sustainability investment fund.
From Stice: Both strategies qualify for this category.

Socially responsible mutual funds with positive screens (or the equivalent)=
From Elstone: The CWUF portfolio invests in the Calvert Emerging Markets Equity Fund (CVMRX). CVMRX has positive screens (or the equivalent) and is categorized as a “LEADER,” the highest ESG commitment level assigned by Morningstar. Analysis of ESG issues (positive screens) is central to the strategy’s stock level decision making.
From Stice: We made the assumption that “mutual funds” is a catch all category that includes separately managed accounts. Therefore, both strategies qualify for this category.

Percentage of the institution's investment pool in positive sustainability investments:

Does the institution have a publicly available sustainable investment policy?:

A copy of the sustainable investment policy:

The sustainable investment policy:

A part of the CWU Foundation investment policy outlines the approach to this issue

A. Environmental, Social and Governance criteria and Socially Responsible Investing are methods for evaluating and investing aimed towards accomplishing a social goal or promoting a particular mission (together considered "Socially Responsible Investing"). The Foundation has available a separate portfolio containing investments which are socially responsible. This portfolio is required to follow the identified investment guidelines in this policy while meeting socially responsible investment guidelines identified by the donor.

Does the institution use its sustainable investment policy to select and guide investment managers?:

A brief description of how the sustainable investment policy is applied:

Donors who wish to have their endowed gift funds managed according to the policy can make this request and funds are then managed accordingly.

Has the institution engaged in proxy voting, either by its CIR or other committee or through the use of guidelines, to promote sustainability during the previous three years?:

A copy of the proxy voting guidelines or proxy record:

A brief description of how managers are adhering to proxy voting guidelines:

Has the institution filed or co-filed one or more shareholder resolutions that address sustainability or submitted one or more letters about social or environmental responsibility to a company in which it holds investments during the previous three years?:

Examples of how the institution has engaged with corporations in its portfolio about sustainability issues during the previous three years:

Does the institution participate in a public divestment effort and/or have a publicly available investment policy with negative screens?:

A brief description of the divestment effort or negative screens and how they have been implemented:

CWU's Committee on Investor Responsibility is actively assessing the viability of divestment and negative screen tests. Student research and literature suggests negative screens that eliminate weapon manufactures, tobacco, and child labor bearing companies will not negatively impact the schools portfolio.

In the coming school year, students and faculty will be assessing the proper means and criteria for which divestment and reinvestment will be performed. Using case studies and quantitative analyses, faculty and students will be encouraged to develop a framework that allows CWU to properly assess the circumstantial viability of institutional divestment and reinvestment.

Approximate percentage of endowment that the divestment effort and/or negative screens apply to:

Does the institution engage in policy advocacy by participating in investor networks and/or engage in inter-organizational collaborations to share best practices?:

A brief description of the investor networks and/or collaborations:

Website URL where information about the institution’s sustainable investment efforts is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

The total investment pool (reported above) includes funds from the CWU Foundation (53,489,304.0 )and the CWU Endowment Fund (7,402,580). The CWU Endowment Fund is being examined by CWU's Committee on Investor Responsibility, but analysis has not been completed to break the investments down in to the categories listed at the top.

Paul Elstone provided Foundation data, and Kameron Eck (CWU student on the Committee on Investor Responsibility) and Pat Stanton provided information on the CWU endowment Fund. Susan Kaspari combined this information for STARS reporting.

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