About the Faculty/Staff Divestment Network.
The Faculty/Staff Divestment Network (FSDN) is a loose group of campus employees from across the nation working on fossil fuel divestment. While students are leading the movement, there are important roles for faculty and staff. We know how our campuses work and have helpful connections with administrators. Some faculty and staff are in a powerful position to speak publicly through op-eds, open letters, radio and TV interviews, and other venues in favor of divestment and the need to address global climate change. Moreover, faculty and staff actions such as petitions and divestment resolutions can be an important complement to student calls for divestment.

“We cannot urge students to have the courage to speak out unless we are willing to do so ourselves.” [Theodore Hesburgh, former president of Notre Dame].
Bringing Divestment to Your Campus.
Interview with Stephen Mulkey, President of Unity College.
A growing number of educational institutions are joining the fight to divest from fossil fuels, and each and everyone of us has a role to play in determining the future of our planet:
Colleges, universities, cities, and other institutions which have committed to divestment.
Convincing the administration and Board of Trustees on your campus that divestment from fossil fuels is in their interest economically and ecologically speaking, may at first seem like an uphill battle. However an increasing number of colleges and universities in the US are committing to divest from fossil fuels. Why? On one hand, the science of global climate change leaves no doubt of our communal responsibilities. More than 97% of all climate scientists agree that humans are at fault for the current global warming. On the other hand, and despite some skepticism that still exists, it turns out that divesting from fossil fuels benefits the long-term economic outlook for educational institutions and their endowments.

The first institution in the US to divest all fossil fuel holdings from its portfolio was Unity College in Maine in 2012. In an interview its president Stephen Mulkey addressed the concerns administrators have when they are confronted with the question "are we willing to divest?" As it turned out Unity's decision to divest from fossil fuels was not only in line with its own mission statement and the right ethical decision to make, it also benefitted the college's endowment which is now bigger than ever.
Divestment News
- UN Call for Divestment?
- World Bank divesting?
- BU's Climate Action Plan
- Edinburgh University Divests
- UC3 Climate Change Coalition
- Ireland: First Country to Divest
- Lewis & Clark College News
- Clean Energy More Profitable
- Whitman College Divests
- Psychological Society Divests
- Denver Completes Goal
- EIB Divesting
The role of college and university faculty in the fossil fuel divestment movement.
- Don't Teach! Strike!
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- Where is Harvard?
- Divestment Pays Off
- Faith Groups Divesting
- University of California News
- Vatican Calls for Divestment
Want Advice on a Divestment Campaign?
Cynthia Kaufman, veteran divestment organizer and faculty at De Anza College, is happy to help you strategize. Email her at kaufman.cynthia13@gmail.com to set up a time.
You can also contact the Better Future Project to learn about its excellent "divest ed" campaign.


Fighting Global Climate Change
One Campus at a Time
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