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The Ad Hoc Committee on Fossil Fuels released a report in January which said Pitt’s Climate Action Plan would be available by the end of March. Pictured are protestors from last week’s “Tell Us the Truth, Pitt” rally.

Pitt Climate Action Plan release moved to late summer, early fall as student orgs demand answers

By Grace Stringer, For The Pitt News June 30, 2021
While a special board of trustees committee said Pitt’s climate action plan would be released by the end of March, officials now say the plan will likely be released by late summer or early fall due to the original timeline being too “ambitious.”
The Fossil Free Pitt Coalition held a sit-in in the Cathedral Learning in February to demand the board of trustees divest from fossil fuels.

Board to form ad-hoc committee to study fossil fuel divestment

By Jon Moss, Editor-in-Chief June 26, 2020
Pitt’s board of trustees will form an ad-hoc committee to study whether the University should divest its $4.3 billion endowment of fossil fuel investments, officials announced at the board’s Friday morning meeting.
Chancellor Gallagher spoke with the State Senate Appropriations Committee in Harrisburg on Tuesday.

Context: June Board of Trustees meeting

By Jon Moss, Editor-in-Chief June 25, 2020
Pitt’s board of trustees will livestream its second 2020 meeting on Friday at 10:15 a.m., providing an update on University affairs to the community.
The Fossil Free Pitt Coalition held a sit-in in the Cathedral Learning in February to demand the board of trustees divest from fossil fuels.

Pitt quietly releases socially responsible investment criteria

By Jon Moss, Editor-in-Chief June 16, 2020
Pitt quietly released a socially responsible investment policy statement in March, delivering another win to student activists pushing for fossil fuel divestment and endowment transparency.
Pitt announced on Tuesday that it will not renew its contract with Sodexo.

Editorial: Pitt’s new dining contract shows the importance of listening to students

By The Pitt News Editorial Board March 17, 2020
Pitt deserves praise for this choice, having listened to student input and taking what was said seriously. The University should continue to do so.
Opinion | Counterpoint: Divestment is nonnegotiable

Opinion | Counterpoint: Divestment is nonnegotiable

By Paige Lawler, Assistant Opinions Editor March 3, 2020
It is absolutely necessary and urgent that Pitt takes serious, meaningful action toward divestment in order to combat climate change and continue to strive for a sustainable future.
Opinion | Point: Dear Pitt, continue investing in fossil fuels

Opinion | Point: Dear Pitt, continue investing in fossil fuels

By Josh Beylinson, Staff Columnist March 3, 2020
However, there are a number of other reasons why fossil fuel divestment should not be adopted by the University.
Fossil Free Pitt Coalition occupied the Cathedral because they wanted a divestment vote at Friday’s Board of Trustees meeting, but instead, the Board voted to establish an SRI process, elongating the process.

Editorial: Pitt, don’t stall on divestment, just vote

By The Pitt News Editorial Board March 1, 2020
The findings would then be sent to the board. Gallagher and Board chairperson Eva Tansky Blum must not choose the route of forming an advisory committee, which seems like a waste of time considering the existing amount of evidence that divestment has worked for other universities.
University officials said the Board will vote on several measures related to fossil fuel divestment and socially responsible investing at their meeting on Friday at 10:30 a.m. Members of the Fossil Free Pitt Coalition demonstrated at Pitt’s previous Board of Trustees meeting at Pitt’s Johnstown campus.

Context: February Board of Trustees meeting

By Jon Moss, News Editor February 28, 2020
Pitt’s Board of Trustees will hold its first meeting of 2020 in the William Pitt Union’s Assembly Room on Friday at 10:30 a.m. to provide an update on University affairs to the community.
Members and allies of the Fossil Free Pitt Coalition began a 24/7 sit-in in the Cathedral of Learning on Feb. 21.  Joy Cao | Staff Photographer

Fossil Free kicks off Cathedral sit-in demanding vote on divestment

By Janine Faust, Editor-in-chief February 21, 2020

Midterm season is approaching, meaning plenty of students will be staying overnight in campus buildings to get extra studying in. Some have decided to rally for divestment while they’re at.  The...

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