As students, community members, and engaged stakeholders, we must ensure that university commitments to sustainability extend to their investment practices.
The goal of the Fossil Fuel Divestment Campaign is to move university endowment funds out of the dirtiest energy companies and reinvest those funds responsibly. This campaign will unite efforts across campuses to increase the pressure on our universities to invest responsibly and on the coal industry to stop polluting our air and water by diminishing its influence and financial power in communities across the nation.
The question is simple: does your university profit by investing thousands, tens of thousands, and in some cases, millions of dollars in financial support through endowment investments to the fossil fuel industry? If so, it’s time for your university to invest in a cleaner, healthier, and safer future for all. Your university can and should maintain a successful endowment that is in alignment with its values – socially, politically, and economically.
Wondering about where your university can re-invest its money instead? Some ideas include sustainable revolving loan funds renewable energy investments, and our favorite, community investment.
Join more than 30 universities across the country and launch a divestment campaign on your campus.
How REC Can Help:
- Divestment and responsible investment trainings on your campus
- Strategic planning sessions
- Resources like our toolkits
- Connection to other students in your area working on a divestment campaign
Learn more about getting involved by reading the Coal Divestment Toolkit or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click here to access our Coal Divestment Toolkit.