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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.

Op-ed | Commendable ESG reports will need transparency

Members of the Fossil Free Pitt Coalition staged a February sit-in in the Cathedral of Learning, calling for fossil fuel divestment.

By Danny Doucette, Ph.D. Candidate in Physics

June 16, 2020

Reinvestments, which should be made in consultation with stakeholders like the Fossil Free Pitt Coalition and the Pitt community, should also be outlined in the report.

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.

Fossil Free Pitt ends occupation of Cathedral

Fossil Free Pitt ends occupation of Cathedral

By Janine Faust, Editor-in-chief

March 4, 2020

The Fossil Free Pitt Coalition ended their occupation of the Cathedral at 9 a.m. this morning, according to organizers.  “We are grateful to all the students faculty staff and community members who came out to support us with things ranging from bodies to food to just general spreading awareness...

Fossil Free Pitt to continue Cathedral sit-in indefinitely

Protesters sing the popular folk song “We Shall Not Be Moved” on Tuesday in the Cathedral to commemorate the 100th hour of the Fossil Free Pitt Coalition’s sit-in with lyrics changed to be specific to the sit-in.

By Jon Moss, News Editor

February 28, 2020

When protestors from the Fossil Free Pitt Coalition sang “we shall not be moved” at Friday morning’s Board of Trustees meeting, they meant it — literally.

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.

Cathedral after dark: Fossil Free Pitt protest grows as Friday Board meeting approaches

Dozens of students who are pushing Pitt to divest its endowment from fossil fuels have been staying overnight during the Fossil Free Pitt Coalition’s 24/7 occupation of the Cathedral of Learning.

By Emily Wolfe, Contributing Editor

February 27, 2020

Sleeping on the stone floor of the Cathedral of Learning commons room is bad, Zachary Delaney said, but it’s not as bad as you might think.

Editorial: Board needs to be more transparent about divestment process

Pitt’s Board of Trustees during a public meeting in November.

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 26, 2020

The Board’s voting process is largely shrouded in mystery, leaving the public unsure of the exact agenda of the meeting. Pitt’s Board of Trustees needs to remedy this and be more transparent and timely about the road to divestment.

Live blog: Fossil Free Pitt Coalition’s sit-in in the Cathedral of Learning

The Fossil Free Pitt Coalition’s occupation of the Cathedral of Learning lobby began last Friday at noon.

By Jon Moss, Janine Faust, Elise Roessner, and Benjamin Nigrosh

February 25, 2020

The Fossil Free Pitt Coalition is currently staging a sit-in in the Cathedral of Learning lobby, in an effort to convince Pitt to stop investing some of its $4.3 billion endowment in the fossil fuel industry.

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 ...

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