By: Conor Skelding, April 18, 2016
- Students activists at Columbia University and New York University (NYU) have occupied parts of administrative buildings, demanding that the universities divest their endowments of fossil fuels. At Columbia, students have occupied part of Low Library since Thursday afternoon. At NYU, protesters on Monday morning began an occupation of an elevator to the administrative offices in Bobst Library.
Students Push Chapman University to be Fossil Free l The Panther
By: Kaitlin Homan, April 16, 2016
- Chapman University students have joined the international Fossil Free campaign by meeting with administrators to discuss the university divesting from fossil fuels to slow climate change.
By: The Associated Press, April 13, 2016
Fifteen students at the University of Massachusetts' Amherst campus demanding that the system divest from fossil fuel investments have been arrested after refusing to end their sit-in at the school's administration building. The university said the students were arrested at about 9 p.m. Tuesday after President Marty Meehan and other key officials agreed to advocate for the divestment of fossil fuels from the five-campus system's $770 million endowment.
UMass Pledges to Advocate for Fossil Fuel Divestment l Boston Globe
University of Massachusetts officials on Tuesday night pledged to move toward divesting from fossil fuels, hours after student protesters occupied an administrative building at the flagship Amherst campus. The university said in a statement that it would “advocate for a policy that would see the five-campus UMass system divest and prohibit direct investment in fossil fuel companies.”
By: Allison Pohle, April 12, 2016
- Four members of the student activist group Divest Harvard were arrested Tuesday afternoon after they staged a sit-in at the Boston Federal Reserve. The group was protesting Harvard Management Company’s recent decision to invest in a private equity fund that supports struggling oil and gas companies.
Yale to Partially Divest From Fossil Fuels l Yale News
By: Finnegan Schick, April 12, 2016
Almost two years after Chief Investment Officer David Swensen added climate change awareness to Yale’s investment strategy, the endowment is starting to divest from fossil fuels. Swensen reported that after months of talking with Yale’s external investment managers about the potential risks associated with investments in coal and oil, around $10 million of the endowment has been removed from two publicly-traded fossil fuel producers.
Colby College Quietly Divested from Fossil Fuels l The Colby Echo
- In September of 2015, Colby College quietly divested its direct holdings from fossil fuels. This was done without fanfare or a press release, and the administration has yet to publicly announce this divestment. The Colby Alliance for Renewable Energy has asked the college to commit to no future investments in the fossil fuel industry but so far the college has refused to make that commitment.
Support Growing For Fossil Fuel Divestment at Memorial University l The Independent
By: Justin Brake, March 21st, 2016
- Memorial University’s Board of Regents has decided to appoint an advisory committee to study the question of fossil fuel divestment.
By: Dennis Pavlich and Jocelyn Stacey, March 15, 2016
- Last month, the University of British Columbia Board of Governors rejected a student and faculty proposal that would have required UBC to forgo future investments in fossil fuel companies and divest from existing fossil fuel holdings within five years. Instead, the board approved the creation of a new Sustainable Future Fund that will stand alongside the university’s existing endowment funds. The authors discuss the understanding of the university’s legal obligations with respect to its endowment funds that underlaid the decision.
By: Suzanne McCarron, March 14th, 2016
- In this opinion piece, an employee of ExxonMobil discusses the companies research and development contributions to emission reductions.