Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 73.03
Liaison Mark Lichtenstein
Submission Date June 7, 2016
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State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry
PA-8: Committee on Investor Responsibility

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.50 / 2.00 Brenda Greenfield
Director of Development
Development Office
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Does the institution have a formally established and active committee on investor responsibility (CIR) that makes recommendations to fund decision-makers on socially and environmentally responsible investment opportunities across asset classes?:

The charter or mission statement of the CIR or other body which reflects social and environmental concerns or a brief description of how the CIR is tasked to address social and environmental concerns:
http://www.esf.edu/development/esffoundation/ Mission Statement: The ESF College Foundation (Foundation) is a not-for-profit corporation of alumni, college and community leaders committed to helping the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (College) achieve its mission through resource development and resource management. Our Beliefs: The quality of life for present and future generations is inextricably linked to environmental stewardship and the availability of natural resources. The College’s mission plays an important role in the understanding and management of renewable natural resources, the application of the principles of sustainable development, and the community’s respect for the environment through education, research and public service. The members of the Foundation’s Board of Directors and the resources of the Foundation are important assets in supporting the mission and strategic plan of the College. Our Vision: The Foundation seeks to provide the resources necessary to allow the College to achieve its dreams without constraint. Objectives: Resource Development: To continue to increase the value of the Foundation’s assets through the raising of new funds each year, prudent investments, and real property management. Resource Management: To manage the Foundation’s financial investments and other assets in a manner that is both fiscally prudent and consistent with the principles and policies of the College community. Board Development: To assure that the members of the Board of Directors have a clear understanding of the Foundation’s activities and their responsibilities in support of those activities.

Does the CIR include staff representation?:

Does the CIR include faculty representation?:

Does the CIR include student representation?:

Members of the CIR, including affiliations and role (e.g. student, faculty, staff, alumni):

Examples of CIR actions during the previous three years:
- Reviewing a proposal for, and then deciding to invest in a power purchase agreement for the College's residence hall, locking-in 100% renewable electricity for the student residence the College Foundation owns - Hosting discussions with student divestment movement members, allowing students to present and make their case for divestment and encouraging dialogue - Publicly committing to Divest from all fossil fuels within the next 5 years. (Press release December 2015: http://www.esf.edu/communications/view.asp?newsID=3985 )

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:

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