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April 18, 2017

The Bowdoin Climate Action (BCA) group issued a statement last week explaining its decision to end its five year divestment campaign on the campus of Bowdoin College. Admitting defeat, the group’s co-leader says it is “time to shift the tactic” because, as we all know, divestment simply doesn’t work. BCA’s website incites a call to action …

April 17, 2017

Trustees at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts voted unanimously this week to reject fossil fuel divestment, noting such a decision “would sacrifice the strength and stability of our endowment.” The Board’s rejection cited its fiduciary duty and highlighted the significant role its endowment plays in funding vital university functions and programs, including nearly every facet …

April 7, 2017

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley delivered the keynote address at Tuesday’s Climate Justice at Boston College (CJBC) divestment rally. The former governor-turned presidential candidate-turned Boston College (BC) law professor advocated broadly for fossil fuel divestment, but oddly enough did not directly call out BC on the issue, even though the school has refused to divest. …

April 3, 2017

Divest Harvard has tried (and failed) several times to compel their University to sell off its fossil fuel investments.  Last week the student group was at work again, blocking the entrances to an administration office building in Harvard Yard. The purpose of this demonstration was to secure a meeting with university officials and to push …

March 22, 2017

Vermont became a battleground state for the issue of divestment after then-Governor Peter Shumlin (D) called for state pension funds to sell off fossil fuel assets in his 2016 State of the State address. Fast forward 15 months, and Vermont Watchdog is now reporting that for the second year in a row the divestment initiative …

March 14, 2017

  Columbia University announced it was “divesting” from coal companies in a statement published this week by President Lee Bollinger.  Some prominent activists praised the decision, but students on campus  were quick to speak out against the move, saying it did not go far enough.  Meanwhile, a closer look shows there’s not much substance behind …

March 3, 2017

As Divestment Facts has highlighted, Barnard’s Committee on Investments is expected to endorse a partial divestment measure to the Board of Trustees this weekend, calling on the college to sell shares in coal and oil sands as well as putting forth a “good faith effort” to divest from companies that “deny climate science.” The Trustees …

February 24, 2017

As student activists at NYU embrace new tactics in their divestment push, fellow New York City school Barnard College is preparing for a vote on a divestment measure at its March Board of Trustees meeting. Last December, the college’s Presidential Task Force to Examine Divestment recommended selling shares in coal and oil sands as well as …

February 23, 2017

For the third time in just as many years, Swarthmore College – the birthplace of the divestment movement – has  has rejected this flawed, costly campaign.  In the hopes of compelling the Board to take action on the issue during its upcoming February meeting, Swarthmore College’s Mountain Justice divestment group hastily organized a non-binding student …

February 16, 2017

Today, the Democratic Vermont Treasurer expressed a strong opinion against fossil fuel divestment telling a hearing, “I’m going to be blunt. We talked about divestment. It doesn’t work in this portfolio.” The comments from Beth Pearce were part of a presentation to the state’s Pension Investment Committee (VPIC) on a groundbreaking report on the costs …