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

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.

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.

Context: June Board of Trustees meeting

Chancellor Gallagher spoke with the State Senate Appropriations Committee in Harrisburg on Tuesday.

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.

Pitt quietly releases socially responsible investment criteria

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.

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.

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

Pitt announced on Tuesday that it will not renew its contract with Sodexo.

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.

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

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.

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.

Context: February Board of Trustees meeting

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.

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.

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

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

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 Fossil Free Pitt Coalition began occupying space in the Cathedral of Learning’s lobby Friday at noon ...

Senate Council discusses sexual assault report, fossil fuel divestment

University Senate Council discussed the Association of American Universities report detailing sexual assault and misconduct at Pitt, provided updates on campus construction projects and discussed fossil fuel divestment at a Wednesday afternoon meeting.

By Rebecca Johnson, Staff Writer

October 17, 2019

Following the Tuesday release of a report detailing sexual assault and misconduct at Pitt, Chancellor Patrick Gallagher had strong words for Pitt’s campus culture.

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