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Fossil Fuel Divestment

George Will Goes Mad Over Campus Sustainability

Peter Cannavo | Posted 04.20.2015 | College
Peter Cannavo

Apparently, a set of practices and principles designed to ensure that human civilization has a future on this planet is akin to religious zealotry.

Yale Used To Use Its Endowment For Moral Reasons. Why Isn't It Doing That With Fossil Fuels?

Yale Daily News | Posted 04.15.2015 | College

Over the years, the Yale endowment has grown from a humble sum intended largely to fund operations and scholarship to a massive pool of capital number...

Why I Am Banned From Harvard, and Why I Am Coming Back Anyway

Craig Altemose | Posted 04.15.2015 | Green
Craig Altemose

We are not merely fighting for Harvard to change its investing practices; we are asking Harvard to align the largest higher education endowment in the world with humanity's best hope for survival -- instead of actively undermining it.

Harvard Students and Alumni Launch Weeklong Sit-in for Fossil Fuel Divestment

Jamie Henn | Posted 04.14.2015 | Green
Jamie Henn

Just a few hours into the protest, students, alumni, faculty and activists have made their point: The Harvard community supports divestment, and it's time for the university to act. If it's wrong to wreck the planet, than it's wrong to profit from that wreckage.

Towards a Golden Age for Foundations

Matthew J. Kiernan | Posted 04.07.2015 | Business
Matthew J. Kiernan

U.S. foundations and endowments may not yet fully appreciate it, but not only are the winds of change beginning to blow across their bows, but they will soon face the veritable "gales of creative destruction".

Fossil Fuel Divestment: Some Points of Utility

Benjamin Franta | Posted 03.30.2015 | Green
Benjamin Franta

Over time, we can expect institutions that divest from fossil fuels to face additional pressure, not less pressure, to reduce their electricity consumption from fossil fuels, and to direct their research efforts toward non-fossil energy sources.

Harvard Heat Week: Student Call to Action

Talia Rothstein | Posted 03.12.2015 | Green
Talia Rothstein

From April 13 to 17, Harvard students, faculty, and alumni will assemble in Harvard Yard for Harvard Heat Week, a week of action for fossil fuel divestment. As climate change threatens to become the worst humanitarian crisis that humans have ever faced, we ask all students to join us in the movement for climate justice.

Fossil Fuel Divestment: Reasons for Disruptive Forms of Protest Against the Harvard Corporation

Benjamin Franta | Posted 03.06.2015 | Green
Benjamin Franta

Even if a person is reluctant to engage in disruptive forms of protest in general, the Harvard Corporation's method of deciding and defending its fossil fuel investment policy encourages such protests, because the Harvard Corporation's method is unresponsive to attempts from the Harvard community at debate and reasoned persuasion.

Could Lesley Be the First School in Boston to Divest?

Craig Altemose | Posted 03.03.2015 | Green
Craig Altemose

With overwhelming evidence that climate change is already causing immense harm to our people and planet, we know it is immoral to continue to invest in an industry that directly undercuts Lesley's mission to contribute to shaping "a more just, humane and sustainable world."

Norway Can Lead in Fighting Climate Change

Bevis Longstreth | Posted 03.03.2015 | Business
Bevis Longstreth

In acting upon the Expert Group's report, Norway has a problem. Not only is the Fund's immense wealth derived from North Sea oil, the Norwegian Parliament controls Statoil, one of the largest oil companies in the world. These facts pose a dilemma. They also offer Norway a unique opportunity.

Time to Divest Harvard From Fossil Fuels

Timothy E. Wirth | Posted 04.25.2015 | Green
Timothy E. Wirth

We don't have a spare century--we need Harvard to do the right thing now, and not just in its physical plant or its research labs. The endowment is as much a part of the institution as the dining halls or the swimming pool.

North Carolina's Brevard College First in the Southeast to Divest

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 04.22.2015 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

College students, faculty, and administrators at North Carolina's Brevard College are cheering at Friday's news that the school will divest from fossil fuels by 2018 -- making it the first university in North Carolina and the entire Southeast U.S. to divest!

Fossil Fuel Divestment Effort Comes To Energy-Rich Colorado

AP | By DAN ELLIOTT | Posted 04.22.2015 | Green

DENVER (AP) — A campaign to get universities to stop investing in greenhouse gas-producing fuels came deep into energy country Friday as activists a...

For Fossil Fuel Divestment, Harvard Alumni Turning up the Heat

Benjamin Franta | Posted 04.19.2015 | Green
Benjamin Franta

The fossil fuel divestment debate at Harvard continues to intensify, with students performing their first sit-in at the office of Harvard's president last week.

Why You Should Join Global Divestment Day

Bill McKibben | Posted 04.14.2015 | Green
Bill McKibben

We've got the bad guys on the run. It's as if this week's been scripted as a buildup to the worldwide weekend of divestment festivities. And divestment is on a roll: Last week the New School, in the center of New York, and the oldest university in Australia joined the long and growing list.

Global Divestment Comes of Age

Dave Pruett | Posted 03.28.2015 | Green
Dave Pruett

Because of the likelihood that a large fraction of today's known fossil-fuel reserves will become "stranded," fossil fuels no longer represent safe investments. Thus, continued reliance on fossil fuels is neither safe environmentally nor safe economically.

Self-Interest Will Drive Fossil Fuel Divestment More Than Idealism

Carol Pierson Holding | Posted 03.25.2015 | Green
Carol Pierson Holding

If anyone needed more proof that economics trumps sustainability: low gas prices are causing a plunge in electric vehicle and hybrid sales.

Third College In Vermont Divests From Fossil Fuels

AP | Posted 03.15.2015 | Green

PLAINFIELD, Vt. (AP) — Vermont's Goddard College says it has completed its divestment from fossil fuel company investments, making it the third coll...

Divesting from Fossil Fuels a 'No-Brainer'

Dawn Morais | Posted 03.14.2015 | Hawaii
Dawn Morais

It was a fine way to mark an anniversary of sorts. This time last year, the Regents of the University of Hawaiʻi (UH) had adopted a sustainability policy. This week they discussed the wisdom of divesting from fossil fuels.

Be Unreasonable About the New Climate Economy

Dr. Nasser H. Saidi | Posted 02.23.2015 | Green
Dr. Nasser H. Saidi

The MENA region has timidly begun on a path to making its societies climate-ready and its energy policies climate-friendly. Given its resources, it can play a central role in moving to the new climate economy. And yet despite progress, there is still a long way to go.

Cold Anger in Restless Times: The Growing Movement for Racial and Social Justice

Peter Dreier | Posted 02.05.2015 | Politics
Peter Dreier

We need a bold inter-racial movement to demand social justice for all of America's sons and daughters. That movement is already underway.

A Fossil Fuel Scandal at the Climate Talks in Lima

Jamie Henn | Posted 02.04.2015 | Green
Jamie Henn

If you were looking for evidence that the divestment movement is beginning to put serious pressure on the fossil fuel industry, look no further.

Better Than Disinvestment: A More Effective Move Against Climate Change

Barbara R. Bergmann | Posted 01.25.2015 | Politics
Barbara R. Bergmann

Students and alumni who want action against climate change are pressing universities to rid their endowment funds of the stocks of companies that produce fossil fuels. But it is worth asking whether some other tactic might be more effective.

Harvard Students File Divestment Lawsuit

AP | Posted 01.20.2015 | Green

BOSTON (AP) — Seven Harvard University students have filed a lawsuit asking a judge to force the university's governing body to divest from fossil f...

American University: Rising for Fossil Fuel Divestment

Julian Gomez | Posted 01.15.2015 | Green
Julian Gomez

On Monday, Nov. 17 at 1 pm, hundreds of students, faculty, alumni, and community members will gather at American University for the largest action ever organized by Fossil Free American University, a student group that has been organizing for divestment for two years.