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September 15, 2017

The Public Interest Investment Advisory Committee (PIIAC) at Johns Hopkins has released their recommendation and report on divestment, a document that will now go to the Board of Trustees for consideration. The report – while having zero actual authority on a future decision by the university — calls for partial divestment of the university’s already …

September 12, 2017

After multiple delays, there’s a lot of attention this week on the San Francisco Employees’ Retirement System (SFERS) and whether or not they will divest. Divestment Facts breaks down what is, and most importantly what is not, going on. For starters, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors today passed a non-binding resolution that was “expected …

September 5, 2017

Sierra Club’s annual ranking of environmentally conscious “cool schools” is out, and while many may assume that a divestment policy would propel a university to the top of the list, the top spots were actually more likely to go to a university that kept their fossil fuel investments than one that caved to divestment activists.  …

September 5, 2017

UPDATE (9/5/2017, 9:10 a.m.): Refuel Our Future, the Hopkins Divestment group, reports that they “received word last week from the Public Interest Investment Advisory Committee (PIIAC) that their recommendation and report to the Board of Trustees will be made on Sept. 15th instead of the previously set date of Sept. 5th.”  More updates to come as …

August 21, 2017

Lined with empty pockets, nine UK universities used the “Syracuse model” to divest a whopping total of zero dollars this month. As the Times Higher Education reports, Canterbury Christ Church University, University of Chester, University for the Creative Arts, University of Cumbria, Newman University, Wrexham Glyndwr University, York St John University, Writtle University College and …

August 8, 2017

The San Francisco Employees’ Retirement System (SFERS) is set to vote on a divestment proposal during its upcoming Wednesday meeting – a proposal that research has shown could cost the fund $201 billion over 50 years. Ultimately, the Retirement Board will make the final decision about whether or not to divest from the Carbon 200 …

August 7, 2017

On August 3, Hampshire College President Jonathan Lash and Trustee Dick Hurd published an op-ed in the Huffington Post declaring the decision to divest college funds from energy markets to be both a financial and moral triumph. The pronouncement came five years after Hampshire formally enacted its divestment policy. But a closer look at the …

July 27, 2017

Johns Hopkins University (JHU) is expected to make a recommendation on divestment by September 5, just as students are arriving back on campus.  According to campus divest group Refuel Our Future, the University’s Public Interest Investment Advisory Committee (PIIAC) will be providing a response to their divestment proposal and sending its recommendation to the full …

July 24, 2017

Fresh off the heels of the Seattle pension fund’s rejection of fossil fuel divestment, it is time for the San Francisco Employees’ Retirement System to vote on the unpopular policy.  The importance of this vote cannot be overstated; it has the potential to impact pensioners for decades to come.  In fact, according to a study …

July 24, 2017

A new OpEd in the San Francisco Examiner highlights the immense costs of divestment from fossil fuels. The OpEd, co-signed by economists Christopher Fiore and Todd Kendall of Compass Lexecon,  highlights that divestment is costly not matter how you slice it. As previous research conducted by Compass Lexecon, academics, think tanks, and others supports, divestment imposes lofty new …

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