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

Dawne Hickton, the chair of the ad-hoc committee on fossil fuels of Pitt's board of trustees, spoke about the committee's work Friday morning.

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.

Board committee investigating fossil fuel divestment announces membership

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Second fossil-free sit-in shut down by Pitt officials

Associate Dean of Students Steve Anderson tells members of the Fossil Free Pitt Coalition that they cannot have a sit-in demonstration in the chancellor’s office.

By Brian Gentry, Senior Staff Writer

October 13, 2019

The sit-ins are an effort to further the group’s demands that the University vote on divestment from fossil fuels at the next Board of Trustees meeting.

SGB approves fossil fuel divestment resolution

This week, the board voted unanimously in favor of Executive Vice President Anaïs Peterson’s resolution to support the fossil fuel divestment movement.

By Brian Gentry, Senior Staff Writer

October 2, 2019

Last night’s Student Government Board meeting tied up many loose ends from prior meetings.

Context: September Board of Trustees meeting

Pitt's Board of Trustees may discuss fossil fuel divestment at Friday's meeting.

By Jon Moss, Assistant News Editor

September 26, 2019

Pitt’s Board of Trustees will hold its third meeting of 2019 on Friday, providing an update on University affairs to the community.

Voters choose divestment, Peterson as executive VP

Anaïs Peterson (top right) and members of Fossil Free Pitt react to hearing that Peterson won the runoff election for SGB executive vice president.

By Brian Gentry and Emily Wolfe

March 6, 2019

Anaïs Peterson won big in Tuesday’s runoff SGB election — and so did one of her major initiatives, as more than 2,000 students said Pitt should divest from fossil fuels in a referendum vote.

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