Campus Updates, December 2010

AU Solidarity, a workers’ rights group at American University, is planning on taking up a community investment proposal developed in the spring of 2010. They are focusing on supporting a local bank in which other DC-area schools have already made an investment as a first step in a conversation about responsible investment on campus.

At Arizona State University, a new member of REC, the ASU Coalition for Human Rights is organizing a responsible investment effort as a coalition to work towards setting up a committee on investment responsibility and finding out how their university’s investment portfolio has an impact on human rights worldwide.

REC is working with Loyola University New Orleans on campus awareness of a three-point proposal for a revolving green loan fund, a green collar job training program, and a community investment and shareholder advocacy committee.

The Student Endowment Responsibility Committee (SERC) at Macalester College is having its first public event--a presentation about what the endowment is and how it can be invested in a more socially responsible manner.

At Portland State University, students are discussing the potential formation of a responsible investment committee, as well as the prospect of moving some money into a local bank. They are also in talks with students at the University of Oregon, who are working on their own responsible investment campaign.

Princeton Workers Rights, a labor group at Princeton University, is weighing its options as they move forward on their responsible investment campaign. They are hoping to use responsible investment as a way to bring more people from different issue areas towards a common cause by staging several events this school year.

At Tufts University, Students at Tufts for Investment Responsibility (STIR) have begun a petition to support community investment that they intend to bring to the administration next semester. The Advisory Committee on Investment Responsibility, meanwhile, is focusing on writing a report on how the university can be supporting ‘green’ technology and energy.

Students are planning an educational event at the University of California - Santa Barbara to educate the community in the winter term about responsible investment and its importance in the hopes that this will gather support for their committee campaign.

At the University of Michigan - Dearborn, grassroots groups are gathering support for the Talloires Declaration as a way to incorporate sustainability in a more comprehensive way, including investments, into the university’s activities.

At Washington University in St. Louis, Students for Endowment Transparency are presenting their proposal for a committee on responsible investment before leaving for winter break. We wish them luck!

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