College of William & Mary

Campus_photo_WilliamandMaryGreen to Gold Fund

The Green to Gold Fund is a green revolving fund established in 2016 to reduce William & Mary’s impact on the environment and to improve efficiency in ways that create measurable returns on investment. Additionally, the fund offers educational opportunities for students and demonstrates W&M’s commitment to sustainability.

The Green to Gold Fund is a powerful tool to help the university reduce environmental impacts and combat climate change. It provides departmental loans for projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions or resource use, with the savings paid back into the fund to be used for future projects. The pilot project for the Green to Gold Fund was an LED lighting retrofit for the university’s parking deck in 2016 that cost $80,000 and saves $17,000 per year in utility expenses and bulb replacements.

In signing on to the Billion Dollar Green Challenge, a decision made by President Rowe, the fund will be expanded to allow for additional projects and increased impact across campus. W&M is the first public institution in Virginia to join the challenge.



Williamsburg, Virginia

Green Revolving
Fund Size



February 2016


Calandra Waters Lake
Office of Sustainability, Director