SEND A LETTER
We have provided templates below for emails to urge Princeton to divest the endowment from fossil fuels and to discontinue the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment's partnership with ExxonMobil.
1. Write a letter to President Eisgruber and Director of the Andlinger Center for the Environment Dr. Lynn Loo urging Princeton to discontinue its partnership with ExxonMobil.
The Andlinger-Exxon partnership ended June 3, 2020 and is now being considered for renewal throughout June 2020. Please personalize this template to draft a letter.
To President Eisgruber -
Cc: Dr. Lynn Loo -
Dear President Eisgruber and Professor Lynn Loo,
ExxonMobil gave $6.4 million to Princeton’s Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment between 2015 and 2020. When the deal was signed, Dr. Lynn Loo, the director of Andlinger Center said, “We're not just taking their [Exxon's] money and are happy with what they're telling us... We're good partners because we challenge each other."
In the same period, Exxon was pouring fuel onto the climate crisis. Despite advertising suggesting otherwise, ExxonMobil spent only 0.22% of its budget on clean energy between 2010-2018 and ExxonMobil refused to set a carbon neutral target again this year. Exxon continues to pollute in black and brown communities with impunity. Exxon has made it clear it is not serious about "engaging" in renewable energy alternatives that would threaten the dominant use of fossil fuels; instead it is using the reputation of Princeton to enhance its credibility in the climate science community.
How can the Andlinger Center with its stated goal of “finding new and creative ways to fuel societies and economies while limiting carbon pollution”, receive financing from a company that rejects carbon neutrality as a principle and, in 2019 alone, spent $41 million lobbying against climate action in the US?
I understand that right now, Exxon and Princeton are in discussions for a new, multi-year research agreement. The university has made it clear that "disassociation" is one of the principles for their decision to divest; isn't this the logical, indeed the critical moment to "disassociate" from a pernicious perpetrator of fossil fuel energy dependence, and a company antithetical to environmental justice?
Our window for action to prevent the most disastrous impacts of climate change is closing rapidly. We don’t have time for bad faith actors. It is time for Princeton to end its relationship with ExxonMobil.
[Name, Class Year or Association with Princeton if applicable]
2. Write a letter to the CPUC Resources Committee and President Christopher Eisgruber urging Princeton to divest from fossil fuels.
It is especially important to let the Resources Committee know that you support divestment because they are currently reviewing the formal proposal submitted by Divest Princeton on February 13, 2020. In a public CPUC meeting on May 4, the Committee announced that it will continue to discuss the proposal and meet with Divest Princeton members throughout Summer 2020. The Committee will meet with Divest Princeton to discuss the proposal on June 29, 2020. If the Committee determines that Princeton should divest from fossil fuels, they will send this recommendation to the Board of Trustees, which has the authority to make the final decision.
When Princeton disassociated from Darfur investments in 2006, the Resources Committee cited "considerable, thoughtful, and sustained" campus interest and widespread consensus - our actions matter. Feel free to use either of the templates below.
President Christopher Eisgruber
Mailing address: 1 Nassau Hall, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ 08544
Resources Committee of the Council of the Princeton University Community (CPUC)
Email: ; CC
Dear [President Eisgruber or Resources Committee],
My name is _____. I am a member of the Class of ____ / an alumni / a parent of a student / faculty / staff member / other. I am concerned about the climate crisis and the climate related disasters that we are seeing around the world. Climate change has affected my life in the following ways ______.
I am writing to you in support of Divest Princeton, a group of concerned students, alumni, and faculty at Princeton University. Given the climate crisis that is overwhelming communities around the world, we are advocating Princeton University divest all its fossil fuel assets. While Princeton has made some effort to combat climate change through its research, the university needs to join the growing tide of universities, foundations, and other institutions in fully divesting its endowment from fossil fuels. Institutions like the Rockefeller Foundation, the University of California system, and the City of San Francisco, among many others, have already made such a commitment.
In October 2019, Divest Princeton launched its campaign with a pledge from Princeton current and future alumni to withhold donations from Princeton until the university divests its $26.1 billion endowment from fossil fuels. Future and current alumni from the Class of 1960 to the Class of 2023 have signed.
I am writing to ask you to support fossil fuel divestment and to make sure Princeton does not profit from and worsen the climate crisis. I hope that you will take the time to consider this issue in depth before the Resources Committee meets to discuss the proposal submitted by Divest Princeton.
[Name, Class Year]
Dear President Eisgruber,
As a concerned parent of a Princeton student / alum / faculty / staff member / other, I support Divest Princeton, the fossil fuel divestment campaign. The fossil fuel industry has put the physical future of all of us in jeopardy. Wildfires, hurricanes, floods, tornadoes and a lack of drinking water are not the future any of us want for our children and grandchildren. Many aspects of a Princeton education depend on income from the endowment, including financial aid; I believe it is possible to choose wisely on investments to ensure they are in line with the university's educational mission as well as good for it financial health. On both counts, continued investment in fossil fuels is seriously problematic.
Princeton has so often been a leader in the nation’s service and in the service of humanity but in the climate emergency, Princeton has fallen behind its peers. I urge Princeton to divest from fossil fuels now.
[Name, Class Year]