University of Denver / Sustainable Finance Collaborative

Stephanie L. Gripne, PhD
Director, Initiative for Sustainable Development
Associate Professor Adjoint
University of Colorado's Real Estate Center
Leeds School of Business
Koelbel Building, Room S210G
995 Regent Drive
Boulder, CO 80309
303-492-4227 Phone
303-550-9661 Mobile

Initiative Description and Primary Objectives 

Short-term: Fundraise $300K for the Sustainable Finance Collaborative to develop (1) National PRI Research Project and the (2) National Impact Investing Research Project.

Long term: Develop a partnership among private foundations, socially responsible investment firms, and think-do tanks such as Rocky Mountain Institute and Colorado Universities to explore developing a Sustainable Finance Collaborative to explore sustainable finance issues such as program related investing, community financial development institutions, mission related investing, socially screened securities, community reinvestment act, SRI revolving loan funds, and SRI private equity funds. 

Key Academic Disciplines 

Entrepreneurship and Management
Nonmarket Economics
Contingent Valuation – Willingness to Pay
Participatory Action Research

Key Partner Organizations and Individuals 

University of Denver, University of Colorado, Colorado State University and several private donors and foundations.

Initiative History and Champions 

Bruce Hutton, Dean Emeritus at University of Denver and Dr. Stephanie Gripne

Distinctiveness and Strategic Significance of the Initiative 

By becoming one of the top three academic institutions globally working on this issue and developing key relationships, we hope to attract additional philanthropic and SRI capital to the region to support sustainability projects.

Measurable Effectiveness of the Initiative 

We have academic goals related to publishing and teaching in the top business academic journals, popular academic journals, positive press, and funding to key public, nonprofit, and education projects.

Transferability of the Initiative 

Should this collaborative be successful, we will cost-effectively generate both rigorous and relevant results that lead to social change.

The Initiative’s Ability to Endure 

Because the research is intended to both understand and catalyze investment of new capital flows, the hope of this effort is that it will lead to millions and billions of dollars of new investment into the both the built and rural environments.

Engagement Strategies 

All of this work has been integrated into MBA experiential courses, consulting projects, and MBA case competitions.