Articles About Campus Divestment
Faculty helps bid to get colleges to shed fuel stocks
10 Nov 2014. Boston Globe
Professors at Boston-area colleges are adding their voices to a student-led movement that is pressing higher education institutions to shed investments in fossil fuel companies. The growing faculty involvement has not only galvanized the effort with increased support but also added an important and unique perspective, activists say.
The Missing Campus Climate Debate
1 Nov 2014. Op-ed by Evan J. Mandery. NY Times.
Climate change is our era’s defining challenge, but most of America’s universities are planning to sit this one out. Though students and faculty members at more than 400 colleges have called for administrators to divest from fossil-fuel energy companies, fewer than 20 have committed to doing so. Stanford recently divested from coal, but none of the other schools had endowments within the 150 largest in 2013.
ANU fossil fuel divestment furore proves movement is no sideshow
17 Oct 2014. Guardian.
That the university’s investment decision escalated so quickly into a national issue has fossil fuel companies worried
245 Boston University Faculty Urge Divestment From Fossil Fuels
10 Sept 2014. EcoWatch.
Boston University faculty members met yesterday afternoon with university president Robert Brown, personally delivering a letter signed by 245 faculty members urging the university to dump fossil fuels from its investment portfolio.
Capping the well
10 Sept 2014. East Bay Express, California
For more than a century, the University of California has maintained extensive ties to the fossil fuel industry. A coalition of students, alumni, and climate scientists is trying to sever those bonds.
University of California money plan aids environment but divestment uncertain
9 Sept 2014. Larry Gordon, LA Times.
A UC panel proposed Tuesday that environmental and social issues should influence how the system invests its $91 billion in endowment and retirement funds. But the group stopped short of endorsing the sell off of holdings in the fossil fuel industries that student activists are seeking. UC officials suggest investing $1 billion in alternative energy and sustainable agriculture over five years.
Fossil fuels stir debate at endowments
9 Sept 2014. Wall Street Journal
A nationwide showdown between activists and universities over investments in coal, oil and gas intensified Tuesday after a University of California task force abruptly pulled back a draft recommendation not to sell its fossil-fuel holdings.
Yale University Ducks on Fossil Fuel Divest Decision--and Fails Leadership 101
8 Sept 2014. Judith Samuelson. Huffington Post.
Many of us working behind the scenes had hoped Yale would seize this opportunity to demonstrate real leadership on an issue where leaders are needed. Instead, by ducking the decision to divest from Big Coal, the Yale Corporation ignored the best -- and maybe only -- real platform that this distinguished University has to move the needle on climate change. And they missed an opportunity to join Stanford as one of the few elite universities to divest from companies whose principal business is mining coal.
Yale Fund Takes Aim at Climate Change
7 Sept 2014. NY Times.
As pressure grows from students who want to see their schools use financial clout to address environmental issues, Yale University’s investment office wrote to its money managers asking them to assess how investments could affect climate change and suggesting they avoid companies that do not take sensible “steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”
Fossil Fuel Divestment Works in Slowing Global Warming
2 Sept 2014. Huffington Post.
Sydney University creates waves with investment ban on coal
26 Aug 2014. Sydney Morning Herald.
The University of Sydney has become the first institution of its type in Australia to halt further investments in coal mining, a move likely to send ripples through the funds industry.
University of London’s SOAS freezes fossil fuel investments
4 August 2014. RTCC.
One of the University of London’s leading members has agreed a temporary freeze on new fossil fuel investments. UK student campaign against oil, gas and coal holdings gathers pace with two universities considering divesting.
Why We Said Goodbye to Fossil Fuel Investments
28 July 2014. Chronicle of Higher Education. Donald P. Gould, Pitzer College trustee, chair of the investment committee at Pitzer College, and president of Gould Asset Management.
Glasgow University could ditch £19m fossil fuel assets
7 July 2014. RTCC
Divestment at Catholic Universities a Climate Gamechanger?
2 July 2014. Amanda Hanley. Huffington Post.
Catholic University's Divestment Decision A Call to Action on Climate and Human Rights
1 July 2014. Daniel Curran. Huffington Post.
First Catholic university to dump fossil fuels investments
27 June 2014. Sustainable Business News/Greenbiz.
University of Dayton divests from fossil fuels
24 June 2014. National Catholic Reporter
U. of Dayton Will Divest From Fossil Fuels
24 June 2014. Chronicle of Higher Education.
Dayton Divests: $670 million in fossil fuels
23 June 2014. University of Dayton.
Union Theological Seminary in NYC Votes Unanimously to Divest From Fossil Fuels
10 June 2014. 350.org
First Seminary in the country to divest from fossil fuels, adds momentum to growing effort by faith communities.
A clash of ideals and investments at Swarthmore
16 May 2014. New York Times
Kate Aronoff didn’t arrive at Swarthmore College in fall 2010 expecting to be an environmental activist. Nor did she know much about the stock market. She knew even less about asset management and college endowments. That all changed her freshman year.
Gov. Brown says UC divestment from coal is a possibility
15 May 2014. LA Times.
Stanford pulls its coal investments, but why haven't other divestment movements succeeded?
9 May 2014. Newsweek
For the students and activists who have spent months or years embroiled in campus divestment campaigns, the Stanford announcement was heartening news. For those who have just started paying attention, it spotlights inaction elsewhere.
College endowments feel the heat over global warming
9 May 2014. CBS News
After Stanford Divests From Coal, Activists' Hopes Turn To Harvard
8 May 2014. NPR.
Stanford’s Divestment From Coal Could Be a Game-Changer
7 May 2014. Chronicle of Higher Education
Stanford Divesting Boosts Student Campaign Seeking Domino Effect
7 May 2014. Bloomberg.
Stanford University Will Purge Coal Investments From Its $18.7 Billion Endowment
6 May 2014. Climate Progress.
Stanford to Purge $18 Billion Endowment of Coal Stock
6 May 2014. NY Times.
Stanford becomes the most prominent university yet to divest from coal
6 May 2014. Washington Post.
Stanford University Divesting $18.7 Billion Endowment From Coal Companies
6 May 2014. Huffington Post.
Stanford to divest from coal companies
6 May 2014. Stanford Report.
Pitzer College charts a different course on fossil-fuel divestment
21 April 2014. Chronicle of Higher Education.
Students Rally for Fossil Fuel Divestment at Ohio State University
21 April 2014. EcoWatch.
Pitzer College selling fossil fuel stocks in environmental move
15 April 2014. Larry Gordon, LA Times.
Pitzer College to Take Fossil-Fuel Divestment a Few Steps Further
14 April, 2014. Lawrence Biemiller. Chronicle of Higher Education.
Pitzer College Divests From Fossil Fuels: Students Reflect On Our Victory And What Comes Next
12 April 2014. Claremont Colleges Divest. Wordpress.com
Pitzer College and Robert Redford Announce Breakthrough Fossil Fuel Divestment-Climate Action Model
12 April 2014. Pitzer College.
Desmond Tutu calls for anti-apartheid style boycott of fossil fuel industry.
11 April 2014. The Guardian
Archbishop Desmond Tutu has called for an anti-apartheid-style boycott and disinvestment campaign against the fossil fuel industry for driving global warming, just days ahead of a landmark UN report on how carbon emissions can be slashed.
Carbon divestment activists claim victory as Harvard adopts green code.
8 April 2014. The Guardian
Harvard has become the first American university to sign on to a United Nations-backed code of responsible investment - in a move to assuage a carbon divestment campaign.
Divest Duke Urges University to Phase Out Investment in Fossil Fuels. 25 March 2014. EcoWatch
Prescott College Passes Landmark Fossil Fuel Divestment Resolution.
1 March 2014. EcoWatch.
Prescott College Commits to Divest.
28 Feb 2014. Endowment Ethics.
Millennials use finance to challenge universities' fossil fuel addiction.
27 Feb 2014. Guardian.
UK Students call on universities to reduce investments in fossil fuels.
14 Feb 2014. Guardian.
How Ivy League Universities Are Failing Us on Climate Change.
The Nation. Dec 4, 2013.
Student fossil-fuel divestment movement persists. Associated Press. December 1, 2013.
On campuses, a fossil fuel divestment movement.
Washington Post, November 25, 2013.
Students Are Leading the Fight Against Climate Change With a Simple Strategy: Divest Now!
The Nation. November 21, 2013.
A New Divestment Focus on Campus: Fossil Fuels.
New York Times, September 5, 2013.
Fossil fuel divestment continues to GROW — a conversation with student organizer Kate Aronoff.
Waging Nonviolence, August 30, 2013.
Movement aims to curb climate change through divestment in fossil fuel.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, July 20, 2013.
Divestment now! A recent graduate says universities are uniquely positioned to send a strong message to polluters.
Boston Globe, 14 July 2013.
College Fossil Fuel Divestment Movement Continues To Grow On Campuses
Huffington Post, May 22, 2013.
Fossil Fuel Divestment Campaign Escalates At Swarthmore. Huffington Post, May 17 2013.
UW Madison Faculty senate divestment discussion just beginning.
UW Badger Herald, May 5, 2013.
RISD Students Stage Nation’s First Fossil Fuel Divestment Sit-In. Huffington Post, April 29, 2013
Fossil fuel divestment movement is picking up steam and unlikely to go away.
Inside Higher Ed, April 18, 2013.
Can a divestment campaign move the fossil fuel industry?
The Guardian, March 18, 2013.
Divesting From Fossil-Fuel Companies Is Unlikely to Harm Endowments, Report Says.
Chronicle of Higher Education, January 29, 2013.
To Stop Climate Change, Students Aim at College Portfolios.
NY Times, December 4, 2012.