OUR PROGRESS

The campaign for divestment from fossil fuels at Princeton began in 2013, inspired by the decision to divest from companies operating in Darfur and the long campaign for divestment from companies supporting apartheid in South Africa. 

 

 

Princeton has fallen far short of the mark and we are continuing the fight to ensure that Princeton no longer funds the climate crisis. 

September 20, 2021

In person CPUC meeting held at 4:30 pm. Agenda includes "Update on principles and process to govern dissociation": faculty panel is announced which will give recommendations to a new committee which will then report back to the Trustees. 

As the remnants of Hurricane Ida moved into the northeast, students and staff on campus are told to shelter in basements because of tornado warnings. Basements around campus flooded, as was predicted by the flash flooding warnings. At least 25 people were killed in New Jersey.

September 1, 2021

Global Climate Strike and Divestment Rally at Princeton in front of Nassau Hall

12:30 - 4:30 pm 

September 24, 2021

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September 10, 2021

Harvard University announces

full divestment from fossil fuels. 

October 27, 2021

The Andlinger Centre invites e-filliates partner ExxonMobil along with Dow and Occidental Petroleum to speak at their annual conference. Divest Princeton protests outside and asks questions that go unanswered inside. 

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Hannah Reynolds' Op Ed is published by The Nation: What Will It Take for Princeton to Finally Take Bold Climate Action? 

October 27, 2021

November 8, 2021

The CPUC holds another in-person meeting and an update is given on the "dissociation process". Divest Princeton members hold up signs demanding full divestment. Multiple students ask why no students are involved with the Faculty Panel or the Administrative Committee and are told that "world leaders" are taking care of the process.   

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Divest Princeton launches the survey Energy Research & Fossil Fuel Funding at Princeton.  

October 27, 2021

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November 18, 2021

The 146th Editorial Board of The Daily Princetonian endorses Divest Princeton.   

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December 10, 2021

Pro-divestment candidate Mayu Takeuchi is elected in a landslide as USG President along with 9 other pro-divestment candidates.

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February 16, 2022

On February 16th, 2022, Divest Princeton filed a legal complaint with the New Jersey Attorney General, urging them to compel Princeton University to fully divest from fossil fuels. The complaint was prepared with the help of pro bono lawyers from the Climate Defense Project.

April 18, 2022

The Princeton Faculty & Staff Petition calling for immediate and full divestment from fossil fuels is submitted to the administration with 160 signatures. This is the first public and collective action by faculty and staff supporting divestment. 

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April 22, 2022

Earth Day, Still Delay - students protested another year of inaction  in front of Nassau Hall 

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May 19-22, 2022

Hundreds of alumni and students wear Divest Princeton buttons throughout reunions, the P-rade and commencement. Click here for photos.

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May 22, 2022

Rev. Jim Antal '72 urges Princeton to divest in his sermon at the Reunions Sunday Service in the Princeton University Chapel.  

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May 20, 2022

Reunions Alumni Panel: 

Follow the Money: Princeton, the Climate Crisis and Divestment    

featuring climate & green transition specialists Graham Turk '17, Sujata Rajpurohit *21, and Hannah Reynolds '22.With moderator Sanchali Pal '12. View the recording here

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June 2, 2022

On June 2nd, 2022 the report of the Faculty Panel was made public

July 15, 2022

On July 15th, 2022 Divest Princeton published its response to the Faculty Panel Report.

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May 28, 2021

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Divest Princeton published its response on May 28,2021. Princeton has fallen far short of the mark and we are continuing the fight to ensure that Princeton no longer funds the climate crisis. 

Divest Princeton asks the administration a series of questions about the next steps and asks to be involved in this new phase for which there is no procedure on the CPUC website.  The administration responds: "The administrative process to implement the dissociation actions approved by the Board of Trustees will be expert driven and accountable to the Board. Members of the Princeton community, including Divest Princeton, can remain engaged and updated on the process and its progress through the CPUC."

June, 2021

The Board of Trustees announces its decision to move ahead with "selective dissociation". No timelines are given and a new committee is to be created.  

May 27, 2021

May 10, 2021

CPUC Resources Committee publishes the report it sent to the Trustees. 

April 24, 2021

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Denial is Delay - socially distanced rally with masks attended by over 100 people 

February 7- 9, 2021

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Power and Money at Princeton: What we see and what we don’t

The Daily Princetonian publishes a three part series by guest contributors from Divest Princeton about donations and power at Princeton. 

November 23-25, 2020

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The 145th Editorial Board of The Daily Princetonian endorses divestment from fossil fuels

November 23, 2020

The Resources Committee meets with Divest Princeton twice over Zoom.

June & July, 2020

May 29, 2020

Divest Princeton hosts its first virtual conversation about Princeton's duty to divest from fossil fuels during online Reunions (COVID-19 pandemic). Speakers include Bob Massie '78, Rebecca Goldburg '80, and Anna Liebowitz '09. Watch the replay here.

Divest Princeton launches its website. Within days, 100 more Princetonians pledge to withhold donations until Princeton divests from fossil fuels.

April 28, 2020

May 1, 2020

The CPUC holds a public meeting in which the Chair of the Resources Committee, Professor Blair Schoene (Geosciences), reports that the committee's review of the proposal was still in the beginning stages and outlines next steps. Professor Schoene also responds to questions from students and alumni about 1) why remaining invested in fossil fuels was not a political act in itself, and 2) why Princeton had previously decided to divest from companies operating in apartheid South Africa and Darfur. 

May 4, 2020

The Resources Committee meets for its "initial review of the proposal."

March 10, 2020

February 22, 2020

At Princeton’s annual Alumni Weekend, Divest Princeton students present the divestment proposal and answer questions. Alumni share their reasons for supporting divestment and sign up to join the campaign. Bob Massie '78 speaks.

February 13, 2020

On Fossil Fuel Divestment Day, Divest Princeton joins with peers at over 60 universities to protest university investments in fossil fuel companies and submit a proposal for divestment to the Resources Committee. Divest Princeton members read aloud the proposal in front of Frist Center all day before marching to Nassau Hall.

Divest Princeton releases an Open Letter to President Eisgruber, titled "No Donations Until Divestment". Over 900 current and future alumni, faculty, and other members of the Princeton community have signed.

October 20, 2019

Divest Princeton protests during President Eisgruber’s opening address at the Princeton Environmental Forum, putting divestment on the agenda, with multiple faculty and alumni panelists supporting our efforts and calling on the university to divest.

October 24, 2019

September 20, 2019

Over 600 Princeton students, faculty, and community members participate in a climate strike. Participants rallied in Hinds Plaza and marched across campus to stand in solidarity with protesters around the world, demanding immediate and just action on the climate crisis.

The Princeton Student Climate Initiative (PSCI) passes a USG referendum with 95 percent voter approval in favor of counting Scope III emissions, which includes the university’s investments (42% of undergraduates voted in the referendum which was record turnout).

April 2019

March 24, 2016

Princeton Sustainable Investment Initiative (PSII) proposes and co-sponsors a Whig-Clio Senate Debate on the merits of fossil fuel divestment. The pro-divestment side “wins” a spirited debate.

March 28, 2016

Princeton Sustainable Investment Initiative (PSII) launches a new divestment petition, which garners over 500 signatures.

March 10, 2016

Princeton Sustainable Investment Initiative (PSII) develops a new proposal for University divestment from fossil fuels and writes a new op-ed for the Prince, stating a renewed proposal for University divestment.

Princeton Sustainable Investment Initiative (PSII) students meet with the Resources Committee.

March 3, 2015

The Resources Committee, then-chaired by Professor Marc Fleurbaey, declines to recommend divestment to the Princeton University Board of Trustees. Read their full response, their 2014-15 Annual Report, and the memos from President Christopher Eisgruber and Andy Golden, president of PRINCO, that strongly influenced the outcome.

May 1, 2015

About 45 students rise in silent protest, holding signs, as Chair Fleurbaey announces the Resources Committee decision at a CPUC meeting.

May 4, 2015

Princeton Sustainable Investment Initiative (PSII) celebrates Global Divestment Day with tabling and a photo campaign.

February 13, 2015

Princeton Sustainable Investment Initiative (PSII) submits a formal proposal to the CPUC Resources Committee, ultimately gathering over 1,600 signatures from the Princeton community as well as endorsements by 18 campus groups.

December 10, 2014

November 20, 2014

Princeton Sustainable Investment Initiative (PSII) launches a website for the campaign.

Princeton Sustainable Investment Initiative (PSII) develops a proposal to incorporate environmental responsibility into the University’s management of the endowment - of which divestment is a component - and ramps up its campaign.

Spring 2014

Students United for a Responsible Global Environment (SURGE) and Princeton Sustainable Investment Initiative (PSII) organize the attendance of over 100 students, alumni, and faculty at the People’s Climate March in NYC.

September 21, 2014

Students United for a Responsible Global Environment (SURGE) circulates a petition for Princeton to divest its holdings in fossil fuels companies, gathering 576 signatures by October of that year.

February 26 2013

Students United for a Responsible Global Environment (SURGE) co-sponsors a panel on Energy, the Environment and Endowment Investing at The Princeton Association of New York City. David Crane '81, CEO of NRG Energy, Professor Michael Oppenheimer, Professor Peter Singer, and Randall A. Hack '72, former PRINCO president, spoke; Carl Ferenbach '63 served as the moderator.

October 2, 2013

Princeton University acts to "prevent future investment in companies complicit in genocide in the Darfur region of western Sudan" after determining that there was "'considerable, thoughtful and sustained' campus interest in the Darfur conflict and widespread consensus that action should be taken." Read the Resources Committee’s full recommendation here.

June 2006

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January 1987

March 22, 2021

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CPUC Meeting - the Resources Committee presents preliminary findings with recommendations to be delivered on May 3 at the next CPUC meeting