We are a group of NYU students, faculty, staff, and alumni demanding that NYU live up to its stated values of sustainability and global community. We're calling on the NYU administration and the Board of Trustees to divest the university endowment from the fossil fuel industry, specifically from the top 200 publicly-traded coal, oil, and natural gas companies.
12/5/17 NYU Divest and SLAM (Student Labor Action Movement) encounter NYU Trustees, including John Paulson, outside their closed meeting. Read NYU Local's coverage of the interaction here. Our joint statement appears at the bottom of the article.
12/4/17 Divest members deliver letter to Office of the President. This letter serves as clarification to our previous letters to administration. This clarification reiterated demands about obtaining information on NYU’s direct holding divestment and a proper consideration of commingled fund divestment.
12/1/17 Divest occupies Administrative Elevator from 9:30am-6pm. The occupation led the University to disclose the fact that NYU has dropped its direct investments in Anadarko Petroleum and Noble Energy.
11/21/17 Divest delivers a letter to President Andrew Hamilton and the Board. The letter details our findings on the Board's fossil fuel conflicts of interests, the environmental and human rights record of Anadarko Petroleum Corporation and Noble Energy, and the steps the Board must take to address these issues. Click here to view and to sign!
10/28/17 Divest members and alumni attend #Sandy5 rally and commemoration.
10/23/17 Divest holds vigil remembering the victims and survivors of hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.
10/4/17 Divest delivers letter to LLM and JD Candidates on ExxonMobil's business practices at an event in the Law School.
9/18/17 Divest holds vigil for victims of recent climate-amplified disasters worldwide
4/22/17 Divest Protests Fossil Fuel Investments during Admitted Students Weekend with an Earth Piñata and Banner Drop!
3/31/17 Three Divest Members Visit Board Chair William Berkley's midtown corporate office to deliver a letter and request a meeting. The letter demanded a revote in light of Trustee conflicts of interests, with meeting minutes and the recusal of Trustees with fossil fuel ties.
2/17/17 Divest Launches #OnBoardWithDivestment #TrusteeOfTheWeek by calling John Paulson. Click here to contact John!
12/14/16 Divest delivers a letter and gift to President Andrew Hamilton. The letter inquires about the decision making process against divestment, calls on Hamilton to address the question of direct divestment which he has heretofore dodged, and calls for NYU to listen to the NYU community. It was accompanied by a copy of Merchants of Doubt by Naomi Oreskes and an array of artisanal teas.
10/15/16 Over 70 attend demonstration against the Dakota Access Pipeline. The teach-in and protest was organized by NYU Divest and NAISG (Native American and Indigenous Student Group). They then marched to the Army Corps of Engineers office to join a massive citywide protest.
9/30/16 Members of NYU Divest meet with activist and public intellectual Naomi Klein.Klein called for NYU to divest from fossil fuels at a lecture at the NYU School of Law.
9/12/16: NYU Divest Fall Nature Retreat attended by 18 members. Retreat included food rescuing, communal meals, meditation, debate, strategizing, and beach time! Thank you to the faculty who contributed transportation and food funds.
6/16/16 Board of Trustees rejects fossil fuel Divestment.In a university-wide memorandum President Hamilton and Board Chair Berkley ignore university consensus and fail to the address the research and reasoning presented by Divest.
5/17/16: NYU Divest Students and Alumni Meet before Board of Trustees Investment Committee. On this historic and unprecedented occasion, NYU students and alumni met with members of the Board of Trustees on the case for divestment.
5/1/16: NYU faculty deliver letter to the Office of the President of NYU in support of NYU Divest's occupation
4/18/16-4/19/16: NYU Divest Occupies Bobst Library for 33 Hours! NYU Divest claims victory following a 33-hour elevator occupation, despite the threat of suspension!
12/16/15: NYU Divest occupies Bobst, wins demands
- After months of delay tactics and broken promises, Divest wins its meeting with the Board!
- Click here to read the outcomes of the occupation and our expectations.
- Our own Sophie Lasoff was a member of the subsequent panel discussion.
- Click here to read more at Washington Square News
- The resolution passed with 80% support and 8% opposition.
- Click to read the official press release
- Click to read the NYU Divest response to the resolution.
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