Take action to urge CUNY to divest from fossil fuel

On May 3, 2015, the University Student Senate voted, for a third time in less than two years, to adopt a resolution supporting the divestment of CUNY holdings in fossil fuel companies and the reinvestment of those funds into renewable and sustainable-minded energy companies. The previous two resolutions were adopted on October 22, 2013, and on September 21, 2014—the same day as the historic People’s Climate March.


Divestitures from companies to pressure changes is not unprecedented at CUNY.


In 1984, the CUNY Board of Trustees approved a resolution to divest from companies engaging in business in the apartheid South Africa. Seven years later in 1991, the CUNY Board of Trustees divested from all tobacco companies as a response to studies that were released detailing the harmful effects of tobacco use.


The fossil fuel divestment campaign has reached over 300 colleges and universities in the United States.


Hampshire College in Massachusetts became the first college to divest from fossil fuels back in 2011, and since then, Stanford University (C.A.), Syracuse University (N.Y.), Georgetown University (D.C.), and most recently The New School located in New York City have all passed a resolution divesting from fossil fuel companies. In total over 25 American colleges and universities have divested from fossil fuels, and the movement has also received international support with colleges in the United Kingdom, New Zealand, and Sweden also voting to divest stock-holdings from fossil fuel companies.


We ask you to help us call on the CUNY Board of Trustees to divest from fossil fuel companies.

As a student at #CUNY, I urge the CUNY Board of Trustees to divest from fossil fuels! #FossilFreeCUNY #Divestment @CUNYDivest @USSCUNY​

As a professor at #CUNY, I urge the CUNY Board of Trustees to divest from fossil fuels! #FossilFreeCUNY #Divestment @CUNYDivest @USSCUNY

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The University Student Senate (USS) of the City University of New York (CUNY) was founded in 1972 with the mission of preserving the accessibility, affordability, and excellence of higher education within the City University of New York; the organization is charged with protecting the rights of the student body, furthering the cause of public higher education and promoting the general welfare of its student constituents and the University. The USS delegates are responsible for the representative governance of the 500,000 students of the 24 CUNY campuses.