Sustainable Endowments Institute

Founding Year: 2005



Sustainable Endowments Institute
(2005; Boston; 3 staff;

Is a project of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors conducting “research, education and outreach to advance resilient institutional responses to the climate crisis.”


  • The Billion Dollar Green Challenge, collaborating with 16 partner organizations, created a combined total of $1 billion, enabling hundreds of campuses to reduce operating expenses and greenhouse gas emissions, while enabling regenerating funds for future projects.
  • The Green Revolving Investment Tracking System (GRITS), to track and calculate project-level energy, financial and carbon savings data for all sustainability projects, and efficiency improvements.
  • The Fossil Fuel Divestment Campaign, working with student groups and partner organizations to advocate for colleges and universities to divest their endowment funds from fossil fuel companies.

Leadership: Mark Orlowski (Executive Director & Founder)

Sustainable Endowments Institute contributes to the following Sustainable Development Goals

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