CAMPAIGN TIMELINE

Our campaign traces its roots back to 2013. As of June 2020, our divestment proposal is still under review by the Resources Committee, which will continue to meet and communicate with Divest Princeton through the end of 2020 (or beyond, if need be).

 

The Resources Committee decides whether to recommend divestment to the Board of Trustees; the Board makes the final call.

A Resources Committee report, summarizing 2019-2020 activities, will be available on their website by May 29.

May 29, 2020

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

May 29, 2020

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

March 10, 2020

The Resources Committee meets with staff from the Princeton University Office of Sustainability to "learn more about their action plan and to seek additional information to their objective to achieve carbon neutrality by 2046."

April 17, 2020

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

Polls close for the 2020 Alumni Trustee Election. If the Resources Committee recommends divestment, the Board of Trustees will make the final decision. Check out this year’s candidates here. Unlike Yale and Harvard, Princeton trustee candidates are not allowed to voice their opinion on issues pertaining to the University while running for election: How are Princeton alumni supposed to make educated voting choices?

May 20, 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

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

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.

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

The Resources Committee met with Divest Princeton. A follow up meeting will take place at the end of July, 2020.

June 29, 2020

This year’s Annual Giving campaign ends. Princeton alumni will likely receive more emails, mail, and calls in the weeks leading up to this date - tell them you can’t donate until Princeton divests from fossil fuels. If you are interested in contributing to higher education otherwise, check out this list of organizations recommended by Princeton alumni working in higher education.

June 30, 2020

Divest Princeton hosts a virtual conversation with Dr. Ben Franta about fossil fuel funded research at universities, in light of the renewal of the Exxon-Andlinger partnership. Moderated by Lynne Archibald '87, P'16. Watch the replay here.

July 9, 2020

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Divest Princeton hosts a conversation with Stephen Heintz, President and CEO of the philanthropic Rockefeller Brothers Fund, to discuss the Fund's evolution from oil money repository to model of fossil fuel divestment. Since the Fund's decision to divest in 2014, it has surpassed expectations with its increasingly sustainable investment portfolio. Professor Rob Nixon will moderate. 

July 15, 2020

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Register here: https://bit.ly/oil2divest

(event will also be livestreamed via the Divest Princeton Facebook Page)

Cosponsors: Princeton Environmental Activism Coalition, Students for Environmental Awareness at Rutgers University, Divest Harvard, and Fossil Free Penn

The Resources Committee will have a follow up meeting with Divest Princeton at the end of July, 2020. 

July, 2020

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