The Georgia Institute of Technology is joining 32 other leading institutions
today to launch the Billion Dollar Green Challenge. The goal is to invest a
cumulative total of one billion dollars in self-managed, green revolving funds
that finance energy-efficiency upgrades on campus.
“From our focus on environmental
stewardship in our buildings and grounds to our energy conservation and
recycling programs, Georgia Tech has gained a national reputation for embracing
sustainability practices,” said Steve Swant, executive vice president of
administration and finance. “Our investment in this green revolving fund
program will help support our continued sustainability efforts.”
Most recently, Georgia Tech was
named as one of 16 colleges on the Princeton Review’s Green Honor Roll and has earned Tree Campus USA recognition by the Arbor Day Foundation. Besides using environmentally
friendly cleaning products, Georgia Tech requires that all vendors provide
green products. During the 2010 season, the Institute’s game day recycling
program netted 21 tons of recyclables during six home games.
The Billion Dollar Green Challenge launches publicly on October 11 at the
Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education
conference in Pittsburgh. With more than 2,500 participants, including
representatives of Georgia Tech, the conference is the largest gathering to
date on higher education sustainability.
In advance of the launch, 33 institutions, including Georgia Tech, have already
joined the Challenge’s Founding Circle by committing to invest a cumulative
total of more than $65 million in green revolving funds. In addition to
Harvard, Stanford and ASU, other Founding Circle institutions include Caltech,
Dartmouth, George Washington, Middlebury, the University of British Columbia
and Weber State University.
The Challenge is inspired by the
exceptional performance of existing green revolving funds, which have a median
annual return on investment of 32 percent, as documented by Greening The Bottom
Line, a report published by the Sustainable Endowments Institute.
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