Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 61.15
Liaison Ashley Woolman
Submission Date April 8, 2022

STARS v2.2

Western Colorado University
PA-10: Sustainable Investment

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.00 / 3.00 Ashley Woolman
Sustainability Coordinator
Facilities Services
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Total value of the investment pool:
20,000,000 US/Canadian $

Value of holdings in each of the following categories:
Value of holdings
Sustainable industries (e.g., renewable energy or sustainable forestry) 0 US/Canadian $
Businesses selected for exemplary sustainability performance (e.g., using criteria specified in a sustainable investment policy) 0 US/Canadian $
Sustainability investment funds (e.g., a renewable energy or impact investment fund) 0 US/Canadian $
Community development financial institutions (CDFIs) or the equivalent 0 US/Canadian $
Socially responsible mutual funds with positive screens (or the equivalent) 0 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 University is statutorily required to invest all of its excess funds with the State Treasurer for the State of Colorado. Accordingly, the Colorado State Treasurer pools our funds with that of other state agencies and determines how those funds will be invested (primarily in low risk investments since they are public funds and there are certain limitations on what the state can be invested in).


Percentage of the institution's investment pool in positive sustainability investments:
0

Does the institution have a publicly available sustainable investment policy?:
No

A copy of the sustainable investment policy:
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The sustainable investment policy:

N/A


Does the institution use its sustainable investment policy to select and guide investment managers?:
No

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

N/A


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?:
No

A copy of the proxy voting guidelines or proxy record:
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A brief description of how managers are adhering to proxy voting guidelines:

N/A


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?:
No

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

N/A


Does the institution participate in a public divestment effort and/or have a publicly available investment policy with negative screens?:
No

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

N/A


Approximate percentage of endowment that the divestment effort and/or negative screens apply to:
0

Does the institution engage in policy advocacy by participating in investor networks and/or engage in inter-organizational collaborations to share best practices?:
No

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

N/A


Website URL where information about the institution’s sustainable investment efforts is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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We have been contacted in the past by students with AASHE materials requesting that Western State Foundation make a commitment to fossil-fuel divestment of the endowment. After discussing this with the Board on several occasions, the consistent response has been -- Because Western and the Foundation strongly support academic programs in both environmental sustainability as well as energy-industry related disciplines, limiting investments to one group’s preferences would be inconsistent with the values of the Foundation, as well as the diverse academic disciplines offered by the University.

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