UN Foundation Outlines Environmentally Sustainable Operations and Investment Strategy

Washington, D.C.

September 26, 2014


Serena Jiwani

The United Nations Foundation is committed to bringing about a global clean energy economy to steer the world away from climate catastrophe. We work every day with the United Nations, governments, business, and civil society to prevent runaway climate change, harness the power of renewable energy, and deploy energy efficiency at scale.

As part of that commitment, the UN Foundation works to ensure our operations are environmentally friendly:

• Our DC headquarters office space and building have both been certified at the Gold level under the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program.

• We offset 100 percent of the electricity used in our offices by investing in carbon-free renewable energy credits.

• We offset global warming emissions from staff travel and office heating and cooling by investing in projects that compensate for those emissions.

In addition, the UN Foundation is committed to ensuring that our financial investments reflect our mission and core values. The Foundation has been phasing out of its investments in fossil fuel exploration and development and has scaled down to about 3 percent currently, while aggressively pursuing sustainable investments as significant part of its overall strategy.

The UN Foundation looks forward to working with like-minded partners to advance global sustainability for the health and well-being of future generations.