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The Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion hosted its “Combating Environmental Racism and Injustice” event on Thursday as part of Pitt’s annual Diversity Forum.

Panelists discuss environmental hazards, ways to combat injustices

By Millicent Watt, Senior Staff Writer July 29, 2021
As part of Pitt’s annual Diversity Forum, the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion hosted the event “Combating Environmental Racism and Injustice” on Thursday to discuss experiences with and perspectives on environmental justice.
Photos: Climate strike on Flagstaff Hill

Photos: Climate strike on Flagstaff Hill

By Pamela Smith, Staff Photographer March 21, 2021
Sunrise Movement Pittsburgh hosted a climate strike march on Friday afternoon. More than 200 protesters marched through Oakland chanting, “Divest. Protect. Rebuild.”
Dawne Hickton, the chair of the Board’s Ad-hoc Committee on Fossil Fuels, said the committee found that fossil fuel investments will pose a “higher risk” in the future.

Board votes to increase endowment transparency, continue gradual fossil fuel divestment

By Rebecca Johnson and Jon Moss February 26, 2021
Pitt’s Board of Trustees voted Friday to adopt all of the suggestions recommended by its ad-hoc committee studying whether and how the University should divest its $4.2-billion endowment of fossil fuel investments.
Members of the Fossil Free Pitt Coalition staged a February sit-in in the Cathedral of Learning, calling for fossil fuel divestment.

Board fossil fuels committee delivers report

By Rebecca Johnson and Jon Moss February 19, 2021
The report — which the board will consider at its winter meeting next Friday — did not recommend that Pitt completely divest from fossil fuels in the near future and instead outlined strategies for continuing to reduce such investments.
The Fossil Free Pitt Coalition unveiled a billboard Monday morning that it purchased near the intersection of Boulevard of the Allies and Bates Street in South Oakland.

‘The world is watching’: Fossil Free Pitt unveils billboard in South Oakland

By Rebecca Johnson, News Editor February 15, 2021
The Fossil Free Pitt Coalition unveiled a billboard Monday morning at the corner of the Boulevard of the Allies and Bates Street in South Oakland. The billboard features two eyes and the words, “PITT THE WORLD IS WATCHING, DIVEST NOW.” 
The Ad Hoc Committee on Fossil Fuels held an open forum Friday morning to allow students, faculty and alumni to provide feedback about the University’s $4.3-billion endowment.

Community members urge divestment at forum

By Ashton Crawley, Assistant News Editor November 2, 2020
The Board of Trustees committee charged with investigating whether Pitt should divest its $4.3 billion endowment of fossil fuels held an open forum Friday morning to allow students, faculty and alumni to share their feedback on the matter.
Pitt community members voiced their dissatisfaction with Pitt’s Board of Trustees ad hoc committee on fossil fuels at Wednesdays virtual open forum.

Community members urge divestment at open forum

By Nathan Fitchett, Senior Staff Writer October 30, 2020
Pitt community members voiced their dissatisfaction Wednesday evening with the University investing part of its $4.3-billion endowment in fossil fuels and the Board of Trustees committee now charged with investigating whether Pitt should divest.
Dawne Hickton, the chair of the ad-hoc committee on fossil fuels of Pitts board of trustees, spoke about the committees work Friday morning.

Board committee investigating fossil fuel divestment working to meet ‘compressed,’ ‘intensive’ schedule

By Rebecca Johnson and Jon Moss September 25, 2020
The board formed the committee in June after years of pressure from the student body, including groups such as the Fossil Free Pitt Coalition.
Members of the Fossil Free Pitt Coalition were escorted out of February’s board of trustees meeting after singing an altered version of “We Shall Not be Moved” by the Song Swappers and stating their demands between verses.

Board committee investigating fossil fuel divestment announces membership

By Ashton Crawley, Assistant News Editor September 14, 2020
The board of trustees’ Ad-Hoc Committee on Fossil Fuels appointed six committee members as well as a team of liaisons last week. It plans to host public forums in September and October to gather public input about divestment.
Members of the Fossil Free Pitt Coalition staged a February sit-in in the Cathedral of Learning, calling for fossil fuel divestment.

Oakland news roundup

By Priya Ray, Staff Writer July 25, 2020
With the fall semester beginning in just a few weeks, here is a guide to some of the biggest stories at Pitt.
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