Adam Joseph Lewis Center for Environmental Studies at Oberlin College

Building Green at MSIs Initiative

UNCF Building Green Network

Please visit the Building Green Network to learn more about UNCF's Building Green at MSIs Initiative and join the network of MSIs in integrating green building and sustainability practices on campus.


A Call to Action: 10 New ACUPCC Signatures by 10/10/10

The United Negro College Fund and Second Nature invited Minority Serving Institutions to join the "10/10/10" campaign by signing the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC).

This was an opportunity for the higher education community to move forward on the path of sustainability and address climate action on the campus. If you are working with a Minority Serving Institution, then please urge your leadership to participate in this global movement for climate action by signing the Commitment! To read the press release, please click here.


Minority-Serving Institutions Green Report

The Minority-Serving Institutions Green Report - 2010 Campus Sustainability Survey is developed by the United Negro College Fund Institute for Capacity Building (UNCF ICB) and the Sustainable Endowments Institute (SEI).  Fifty-two colleges that had participated in UNCF’s Building Green Learning Institutes in Atlanta, Minneapolis and San Antonio completed online surveys exploring sustainability initiatives in seven categories: Administration, Climate Change and Energy, Green Buildings, Recycling, Dining, Student Involvement and Transportation.  The report is based on these survey responses received from August to October 2010.


UNCF Building Green Learning Institute

 To learn more and participate in the UNCF Building Green Network, click here.


The United Negro College Fund (UNCF) Institute for Capacity Building and Second Nature organize regional learning institutes for networking and information sharing among minority-serving institutions (MSIs). The Kresge Foundation provided the UNCF with a $1.8 million grant in support of this capacity building program, the Building Green at Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs) Initiative. The American Indian Higher Education Consortium, the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, and the Thurgood Marshall College Fund also participate in and promote this initiative. Second Nature is UNCF’s sustainability advisory partner on this initiative.

The Building Green at MSIs Initiative build knowledge and capacity through a series of Building Green Learning Institutes, Technical Assistance Workshops and $20,000 mini-grants to help MSIs incorporate principles of sustainable design and energy efficiency into their building projects and overcome barriers that often include small endowments and low in-house expertise in green building practices. Working with MSIs to overcome these barriers will be critical to achieving the Initiative's two goals:

  1. To increase the number of buildings and structures on MSI campuses that register for and achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) certification; and
  2. To increase the number of MSIs that are signatories of the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC).

Click here to read the full press release and visit this page for updates on this capacity building initiative.

The locations and dates of the Learning Institutes are as follows:


Location Date
Atlanta, GA April 8-10, 2010
Minneapolis, MN May 6-8, 2010

San Antonio, TX
Washington, DC

June 10-12, 2010
June 16-18, 2011


For further information on this initiative and to get involved in the program, please contact:

UNCF Institute for Capacity Building
229 Peachtree Street N.E. suite 2350
Atlanta, GA 30303
Contact Person: Felicia Davis, Program Director, UNCF Facilities and Infrastructure Enhancement Program
Phone: 404-302-8607, ext. 8531

Advancing Green Building in Higher Education Initiative
Second Nature
18 Tremont Street, Suite 930
Boston, MA 02108