APRIL 12: Pitzer College commits to fossil fuel divestment as part of a holistic climate action model. In addition to divestment, the plan establishes an Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance (ESG) investment policy, a segregated environmental fund, and a 25% carbon reduction by 2016. The plan also includes investing in renewable community projects, developing a green revolving fund, joining the Billion Dollar Challenge, and the establishment of a campus sustainability task force.
APRIL 4-6: Nine students from Pitzer, Pomona, and Scripps Colleges attend the Fossil Fuel Divestment Convergence at San Francisco State University. Hundreds of students from across the country gather for a weekend of climate justice organizing, trainings and workshops, and movement building.
FEBRUARY 14: The full Board of Trustees meets at Pitzer. The Divest Claremont team creates an artistic representation of a pipeline, and dresses in black to create a human oil spill. Pitzer professors Paul Faulstich, Dan Segal, Harvey Mudd professor Paul Steinberg, and Indigenous Student’s Alliance member Desiree Laurie Covarrubias address the crowd about the importance of divestment and student activism, and the urgency of climate change.
FEBRUARY 12: The Pitzer College Responsible Endowment Fund goes public! The fund is a way for donors to contribute to Pitzer while simultaneously demanding that their money not go towards an endowment that is invested in fossil fuels. The contents of the fund will be held until Pitzer commits to full fossil fuel divestment. Click here for more information and to donate to the fund.
JANUARY 30: 17 Foundations divest $2 billion through the Divest-Invest Philanthropy Initiative!!! Check out more info here.
JANUARY 30: Second Pitzer CCWG working group meeting. The board seems likely to accept some form of divestment, but is very very resistant to full divestment. The working group is hoping to recommend a very rigorous climate action program including endowment ethics, a green revolving fund, water and energy conservation program, energy tracking systems, commuter / ride-share programs, and green building standards.
DECEMBER 11: First Pitzer CCWG working group meeting. Board members are very resistant to accepting divestment as a part of our climate action program. The committee is striving to recommend a holistic approach to climate action to the entire Board of Trustees in May, 2014.
NOVEMBER 22: Executive Board chose the three final student nominees for the Pitzer College Climate Change Working Group (CCWG). The CCWG will officially consist of: Trustees, Harold Brown, Tracy Tindle, and Don Gould; Faculty: Brinda Sarathy, Melinda Herrold-Menzies, and Dan Segal; Staff: Jesse Meisler-Abramson and Garret Terrones; Students: Jess Grady-Benson, Ben Levine, and Tiffany Ortamond.
NOVEMBER 15: The divestment team responds to President Oxtoby’s decision against divestment. Click here to view the open response.
NOVEMBER 10: Senate decides to open eligibility to all students that apply to the climate action task force. The executive board will select the three nominations for the task force.
OCTOBER 28: A follow up letter is sent out by President Trombley explaining the climate change task force. Her explanation can be seen here.
OCTOBER 12: The full Board of Trustees meeting at Pitzer. The Board does not commit to divest but creates a task force to examine Pitzer College’s general climate action plan which may include but is not limited to divestment. See the full text of Divest Claremont’s statement here.
OCTOBER 11: Pitzer College Board of Trustees Info Session, 1pm-3:00pm. Join us for our action and presentation to show the BOT that we mean business! There will be food, music, button-making, a photo petition station, and more!
SEPTEMBER 24: President Oxtoby of Pomona College notified the student body that Pomona’s Investment Board decided against fossil fuel divestment in any form.
SEPTEMBER 21: Draw the Line! A national day of action saying NO to the Keystone XL pipeline. Join us for a 5C and community wide action to demand that President Obama reject the pipeline.
SEPTEMBER 9: First big divestment meeting of the semester! 6pm at the Grove House on Pitzer’s campus. Come to meet great people, eat snacks, and learn what divestment is all about.
For the most recent updates, and to see photos from the campaign, check out our Facebook page and our Twitter account (@DivestClaremont).