University of Maine


University of Maine Green Loan Fund

The Green Loan Fund is a financial partnership between the University of Maine Foundation and the University of Maine System, by and through the University of Maine. The fund is designed to support faculty-, staff-, and student‐led projects that improve the environmental sustainability of campus facilities and operations in creative and cost‐effective ways. The fund is also intended to foster collaboration among staff, students, and faculty from disciplines as diverse as business, ecology and environmental science, public policy, and engineering; it seeks to encourage the development of solutions that profit from the unexpected synergies that arise when creative individuals push boundaries and combine a concern for environmental protection with a passion for technological and entrepreneurial innovation. The fund is ultimately rooted in the belief that lasting solutions to environmental problems create both environmental and economic benefits. 


The higher education participants in The Challenge are managed by Second Nature. To learn more about how Second Nature plans to expand use of GRFs in higher education, visit their page!


Orono, Maine

Green Revolving
Fund Size



December, 2005


Daniel Dixon
UMaine Sustainability Coordinator