A growing number of institutions are committing to divest from fossil fuels. This page lists the commitments from colleges and universities, cities, counties, religious institutions, and other institutions. You can click on each name for more information about the type of commitment they’re making.
Colleges and Universities
Committed to fossil fuel divestment in February 2013 College of the Atlantic in Maine committed to fossil fuel divestment after a campaign by students urging the college to live up to its environmental values. The college says about $1 million of its $30 million endowment was invested in fossil fuel companies. Click here for more information
Committed to fossil fuel divestment in October 2013 This October, The Foothill-De Anza Foundation, which raises and manages funds for the Foothill-De Anza Community College District in California, became the first community college in the country to commit to fossil fuel divestment as a result of the Fossil Free divestment campaign. The Board of Directors of the foundation voted unanimously to divest its $33 million endowment, citing commitments to “greening” the college and a student campaign for divestment. “Our colleges support environmental stability, so this already is a shared value of our community,” said Foundation President Kathleen Santora. “Credit goes to De Anza students for raising our awareness by identifying ways the foundation can act in a more environmentally responsible manner. We appreciate the opportunity to learn from our students.” Click here for more information
Committed to fossil fuel divestment in October 2014. The University of Glasgow became the first university in the United Kingdom and wider Europe to divest from the fossil fuel industry. After a year of student campaigning the University Court voted unanimously to begin divesting its entire £128 million endowment from fossil fuels
. This is a major victory for the UK and Europe’s rapidly growing fossil fuel divestment movement. David Newall, Secretary of the University of Glasgow Court, said: “The University recognises the devastating impact that climate change may have on our planet, and the need for the world to reduce its dependence on Fossil Fuels. Over the coming years we will steadily reduce our investment in the fossil fuel extraction industry, while also taking steps to reduce our carbon consumption.”Click here for more information
Committed to fossil fuel divestment in January 2015. The University of Bedfordshire has formalised its ethical investment strategy which prevents the university from investing in the fossil fuel sector, confirming their long-standing informal policy on the matter. Bill Rammell, vice-chancellor at Bedfordshire, said the university was “acutely aware of our duty to invest our money in ways which match our values and prioritises the future of our students”.“As part of that commitment we ensure that all investment decisions are made responsibly and take seriously the threat of climate change. Therefore we took the decision not to invest in specific sectors such as fossil fuels and this is written into our ethical strategy.”
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Committed to fossil fuel divestment in May 2013 Green Mountain College became the second college in Vermont and the fifth in the nation to divest from the fossil fuel industry after a successful student campaign on campus. The school has a $960,000 endowment. “We see this as another step in an ongoing effort to connect our investment decisions with our ideals,” said Paul Fonteyn, president of Green Mountain College, in a news release. “Investing endowment funds on the basis of social, economic and environmental criteria is one of the ways Green Mountain College expresses its values.” Click here for more information
Committed to fossil free investment in December 2011 In 1977, Hampshire College became the first school to divest from apartheid South Africa. They are also the first college to have divested from fossil fuels. In December 2011, the Board of Trustees approved a new sustainable investment policy that effectively screens out fossil fuel holdings. Click here for more information
Fully divested from the top 200 fossil fuel companies as of October 31, 2013. Following a unanimous vote by Naropa University’s endowment committee, the institution has fully divested from their holdings in companies identified by 350.org as having the highest potential greenhouse gas emissions, based on their carbon reserves. Naropa’s board of trustees concluded that the divestment would not threaten the stability of their stock portfolio, and that continuing to practice shareholder activism involving those companies would not result in significant changes in behavior.
Committed to fossil fuel divestment on December 10th, 2013 The Peralta Colleges Board voted unanimously to immediately cease investments in the 200 largest fossil fuel companies and to fully divest their holdings within five years. Read more about the decision here.
Committed to fossil fuel divestment on April 12th, 2014 Following a multi-year student campaign, Pitzer announced its commitment to divest its $124 million endowment from fossil fuels. But not only that: Pitzer also committed to trimming 25% from the college’s carbon footprint by the end of 2016 and to creating a sustainable-investment fund within its endowment. Read more here.
Committed to fossil fuel divestment in February 2014 Prescott College was founded on core values of environmental responsibility and social justice decades before these were elements of the sustainability movement. The Fossil Fuel Divestment Initiative has roots in these core values, and expands the commitment by shifting endowment funds from the 200 largest fossil fuel corporations over the next 3 years. The college will also work with endowment brokerages to advocate for the creation of new fossil fuel free funds and investment options available for other investors. Click here for more information
Committed to divest from coal and tar sands and set up a committee to explore full divestment in May 2013 This May, San Francisco State University (SF State) became the first public university and first school on the west coast to commit to divest immediately from coal and tar sands companies and start a formal process to look at fully divesting from the fossil fuel industry. The SF State University Foundation, which manages $51.2 million endowment for the university, issued the following statement on the decision: “The SF State University Foundation Finance and Investment Committee voted unanimously at its May 20, 2013 meeting to limit direct investments in fossil fuel companies. The SF State University Foundation Executive Committee also voted unanimously at its May 23, 2013 meeting that the foundation would not directly invest in companies with significant production or use of coal and tar sands and that it would amend its Investment Policy Statement (IPS) to reflect this change.” In addition, per a request by SF State President Leslie Wong, the Foundation Board will convene a special committee comprised of Foundation directors to review the Foundation’s investment policy, identify all of the Foundation’s fossil fuel investments, and make recommendations for future changes to the Foundation’s investment policy in regards to divestment. Click here for more information
Committed to coal divestment May 6th
, 2014 Following the lead a student campaign launched Fall 2013 the Stanford Board of Trustees announced that they are divesting from 100 coal companies. The official Stanford statement read, “Acting on a recommendation of Stanford’s Advisory Panel on Investment Responsibility and Licensing, the Board of Trustees announced that Stanford will not make direct investments in coal mining companies… Stanford also will recommend to its external investment managers, who invest in wide ranges of securities on behalf of the university, that they avoid investments in these public companies as well.” Fossil Free Stanford will continue their campaign calling on the University to fully divest from fossil fuels. The official Stanford statement can be found here
, and the Fossil Free Stanford response can be found here
Committed to fossil fuel divestment in February 2013 In February, 2013, Sterling College became the first college in Vermont and the third in the United States to commit to divest from the 200 top fossil fuel companies. President Matthew Derr said, “Sterling College is an incubator for those who care about Vermont, care about the natural world in which we all live, and who want to promote healthy and just food systems, and as such, it makes no sense for us to invest in companies that are wreaking havoc on our climate.” 350.org founder Bill McKibben is an honorary alumnus of Sterling College. Click here for more information
Committed to fossil fuel divestment in November 2012 This November, Unity College in Maine became the first school in the country to commit to fossil fuel divestment as a result of the Fossil Free divestment campaign. Since then, Unity College President Stephen Mulkey has emerged as a leading spokesperson advocating for divestment. Unity has reported that they expect divestment to have a minimal impact on their portfolio’s returns and that they’ve received an increase in donations because of their decision. Click here for more information
Committed to divestment on June 23rd, 2014. Citing its Catholic and Marianist values and ongoing commitment to sustainability, the Ohio university announced that it would begin divesting its $670 million investment pool in stages. The University of Dayton is believed to be the first Catholic university to divest. Click here to read more.
Committed to divestment on November 26rd, 2014. Humboldt State is already at the forefront of socially responsible investing. Unlike at many universities, its Foundation has never included direct investments in the concerning sectors. Humboldt State University is moving aggressively to green up its endowment, taking a leadership role in higher education by further divesting from fossil fuels and adopting a broad definition of socially concerning sectors to be avoided. Significantly, the effort involves targeting mutual funds.Click here to read more.
Victoria University of Wellington has initiated the necessary processes to move out of investment in carbon-emitting fossil fuels. Read more here.
Chico State University became one of the first public universities in the nation to commit to fully divesting from the top 200 coal, oil and gas companies within four years. The resolution, authored by members of Fossil Free California State University, was passed 8 – 4 by the CSU Chico University Foundation. Read more here.
The College of Marshall Islands (CCMI) decided to divest from fossil fuels, making it one of the first colleges in the Pacific Region to divest, following New Zealand’s Victoria University, which committed to divest from fossil fuels in early November 2014, and the Australian National University, which divested from two fossil companies in early October 2014. Read more here.
Goddard College completed its divestment from fossil fuels in January 2015. Read more here.
Chalmers University of Technology committed to divest from fossil fuels in January 2015. The first Swedish university to commit to full divestment of direct and indirect assets. Read more here.
CalArts officials announced their plans to go green by reducing fossil fuel stocks by 25 percent which will re-allocate about $3.6 million funds in January 2015. They won’t stop until they divest all 100%. Read more here.
January 2015, the University of Maine Board of Trustees has unanimously agreed to divest from direct holdings in coal-mining companies. Read more here.
The New School’s Board of Trustees approved a motion to divest from fossil fuels in January 2015. The Board’s Investment Committee has also approved a significant investment of the university’s endowment in renewable energy. By doing so, The New School will be permanently severing its $220 million endowment from any involvement with those dirty energy companies responsible for climate change, making it the second largest university in the world so far to do so. Read more here.
On February 24, 2015, the Pacific School of Religion, a multi-denominational seminary in Berkeley, California, became the first seminary in California and one of the first educational institutions in Berkeley to divest from investments in fossil fuels. Read more here.
On February 20, 2015, Brevard College pledged to divest its endowment from fossil fuels by 2018, becoming the first academic institution in the Southeast United States to do so. Read more here.
Committed to fossil free daily operations ($1.4bn) on Dec. 21, 2012 Moving forward on deferred compensation ($700m) and pension ($1.9bn) plansSeattle became the first city in the country to join the fossil fuel divestment campaign when Mayor Mike McGinn appeared on stage at 350.org’s first Do the Math presentation in Seattle and committed to pursue divestment. The city is currently looking into the most responsible way to divest its pension fund from fossil fuels.In a statement about the decision, Mayor McGinn explained, “The City oversees three sets of investments: 1) $1.4 billion in cash balances for daily operations – essentially the City’s checkbook balances; 2) $700 million of our employees’ investments from the City’s deferred compensation plan; and 3) our pension system, with holdings valued at $1.9 billion. The first category is the only one I control directly. City staff report that none of that money is currently invested in fossil fuel companies. I have directed the City’s Finance Director, Glen Lee, that the City will not invest in those cash balances in fossil fuel companies in the future…. I have written to our pension system governing board to request that they refrain from investing in fossil fuel companies in the future, and begin exploring options for moving existing investments from fossil fuel companies. I will work with the City Council, City staff and the pension board on pursuing divestment in that portfolio.”Click here for more information
Board of Supervisors voted to urge retirement board to divest on April 23, 2013 On April 23, the day after Earth Day, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to urge the city’s Retirement Board to divest $583 million of fossil fuel holdings in the city’s $16 billion retirement fund. 350 Bay Area, local 350.org supporters, and other local groups are now working to make sure the Retirement Board follows through on the supervisors’ recommendation and moves towards full divestment.Click here for more information
Committed to pursue divestment on June 4, 2013 In a speech for World Environment Day, Portland Mayor Charlie Hales urged the Oregon State Treasurer, the Local Government Investment Pool and the Oregon Investment Council to divest of all state holdings in fossil fuels.“By acting locally, we can send a message to the world that investment in fossil fuels is a losing proposition, and that loosening our dependence on fossil fuels will increase our quality of life,” said Mayor Hales.The victory came after a divestment campaign led by 350 PDX, who will continue to push the city and state to follow through on their commitment. Click here for more information
Committed to pursue divestment on April 25, 2013 Eugene, Oregon was one of ten cities that joined Seattle and San Francisco on April 25, 2013 to launch the Fossil Free city divestment campaign. Click here for more information.
Committed to pursue divestment on April 25, 2013 Mayor Tom Bates and the Berkeley City Council committed to pursue fossil fuel divestment as part of the April 25, 2013 launch of the Fossil Free divestment campaign. Berkeley’s pension plan is managed by CalPERS, California’s state pension fund, so the Mayor and City are now calling on CalPERS to move towards divestment. “We don’t invest in guns or tobacco, and it turns out we don’t invest in oil, either,” said Mayor Bates at the time of the decision. “But the real issue isn’t us — it’s CalPERS. They are major players.” Click here for more information
Committed to pursue divestment on April 25, 2013 Richmond, CA, home to the state’s largest stationary source of carbon dioxide emissions, a Chevron oil refinery, joined with nine other cities across the country on April 25 to launch the Fossil Free city divestment campaign. Richmond Mayor Gail McLaughlin and the Richmond City Council are calling on CalPERS
, the state pension fund that includes Richmond public employees, to divest from fossil fuels.”Richmond is home to the 2nd largest oil refinery and largest point source of greenhouse gas emissions in California,” said Mayor McLaughlin. “I am proud to join with other cities in this divestment campaign, as we divest from an industry that is wreaking havoc on our community and planet, and reinvest in a clean energy economy with new jobs for our residents.”
Fully divested city from fossil fuels in February, 2013 Santa Monica, CA started pursuing fossil fuel divestment in November 2012 after hearing about the campaign during 350.org’s Do the Math tour. By February, the city had established that the only major city fund invested in the fossil fuel industry was the Woodlawn Cemetery and Mausoleum endowment fund. So the city moved forward with divesting nearly $1 million of fossil fuel stock from that portfolio.Click here for more information
Committed to pursue divestment on April 25, 2013 Boulder, Colorado was one of ten cities that joined Seattle and San Francisco on April 25, 2013 to launch the Fossil Free city divestment campaign. Click here for more information
Committed to pursue divestment on April 25, 2013 Santa Fe, NM was one of ten cities that joined Seattle and San Francisco on April 25, 2013 to launch the Fossil Free city divestment campaign. Click here for more information
Committed to pursue divestment on April 25, 2013 Mayor Paul Soglin committed Madison, WI to pursue fossil fuel divestment as part of the Fossil Free city divestment campaign launch on April 25, 2013.Soglin told the Wisconsin State Journal at the time that, “Madison doesn’t have any funds invested in fossil fuel companies but will introduce a resolution encouraging the Madison School District, Dane County, UW-Madison, the state and other local governments to divest their holdings in the industry.”Click here for more information
Committed to pursue divestment on April 25, 2013 Bayfield, WI Mayor Larry MacDonald committed his city to pursue fossil fuel divestment as part of the Fossil Free city divestment campaign launch on April 25, 2013.“Bayfield is very small, we don’t even have an investment portfolio, but many of our employees are in the (Wisconsin Retirement System) which I plan to write a letter to asking them to divest,” MacDonald told the Ashland Daily Press, a local Wisconsin paper at the time.Click here for more information
Committed to pursue divestment on April 25, 2013 State College, PA Mayor Elizabeth Goreham committed her city to pursue fossil fuel divestment as part of the Fossil Free city divestment campaign launch on April 25, 2013.Click here for more information
Committed to pursue divestment on April 22, 2013 On Earth Day 2013, Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick, one of the youngest Mayors and youngest African-American elected officials in the country, responded to a campaign led by Ithaca high school students and committed to pursue fossil fuel divestment and urge the New York state pension funds to divest as well.“The City of Ithaca does not invest in fossil fuels and I can certainly commit, as long as I am Mayor, to not investing City funds in fossil fuels,” said Mayor Myrick at the time.Gabriel Shapiro, a Junior at Lehman Alternative Community School, said in a press statement put out by high school students about the victory, “We’re proud that our Mayor is not only willing to listen to young people’s demands, but to actively support our work. Our generation will disproportionately experience the impacts of climate change–as systematically marginalized communities already are–and we’re excited that Mayor Myrick is willing to give us a seat at the table around decisions that affect us.”Click here for more information
Committed to pursue fossil fuel divestment in May 2013 95-year old Bob Holt and his wife Joan decided that they needed to do something about the climate crisis after reading Bill McKibben’s article about “Global Warming’s Terrifying New Math.” They wrote a resolution to urge Massachusetts to divest from the fossil fuel industry and got their town of Truro and nearby Provincetown to support the measure in May.Click here for more information
Committed to pursue fossil fuel divestment in May 2013 95-year old Bob Holt and his wife Joan decided that they needed to do something about the climate crisis after reading Bill McKibben’s article about “Global Warming’s Terrifying New Math.” They wrote a resolution to urge Massachusetts to divest from the fossil fuel industry and got their town of Truro and nearby Provincetown to support the measure in May. Click here for more information
Committed to pursue fossil fuel divestment in June 2013 On June 20, the Providence City Council approved a measure advising city’s Board of Investment Commissioners to divest from the top 200 fossil fuel companies. Providence is the first capital city in the nation to make a divestment commitment. According to ecoRI, “Council member Samuel Zurier, who voted in favor of the resolution, said he plans to introduce a comprehensive investment policy to guide the investment commissioners on controversial investments.” The campaign for divestment in Providence was led by Fossil Free RI
, a group that includes students from Brown and RISD and members of the local Sierra Club chapter. Click here for more info
City Council voted in favor of divestment in July 2013 Inspired by the student-led Harvard University divestment campaign and at the urging of local climate activists from 350 Massachusetts, the Cambridge City Council voted unanimously to recommend the city’s retirement board pull its investments out of the fossil fuel industry.
City Council voted to divest on September 5th, 2013 Climate activists from 350 Massachusetts successfully spearheaded a resolution to divest the city from fossil fuels. Click here for more information.
City Council voted to divest on October 21, 2013 The Ann Arbor City Council voted 9-2 to divest from any of the top 100 coal companies or top 100 oil or gas companies. Click here for more information.
Committed to divest on October 29th, 2013 The Dutch town of Boxtel became the first European municipality to divest on October 29th. Representatives from Boxtel announced their decision from the stage at the Amsterdam stop of the Fossil Free Europe Tour.
Town Meeting voted to divest in November, 2013 The Amherst Town Meeting approved a resolution
calling for divestment from fossil fuels, and urged the Hampshire County Retirement Board to divest as well.
Dunedin became the first city in New Zealand to commit to fossil fuel divestment on May 13th, 2014. Read more here.
Oxford City Council voted to divest from any direct investments in fossil fuels on July 14th, 2014. Oxford became the first city authority in the United Kingdom to commit to fossil fuel divestment after a motion brought by the city’s Green Party councillors passed. We are proud that Oxford is the first local authority in the country to highlight the need to stop investing in fossil fuels.This is an industry that should be winding down rather than investing in more and more extreme forms of fossil fuel extraction.” said Oxford councillor Ruthi Brandt Click here to read more.
The Eugene City Council voted in support of divestment and in favor of urging statewide funds to divest on July 16th, 2014.Click here to read more.
The city of Brisbane voted in support of divestment drafted a letter to CalPERS in favor of urging statewide funds to divest on June 19th, 2014.Click here to read more.
The city of Fremantle modified its investment policies to prohibit investment in banks or financial institutions that support fossil fuel industries.Click here to read more.
The city of Ashland passed a unanimous resolution to divest in November of 2014. Southern Oregon Climate Action Now
& their allies worked hard to make this divestment decision happen.
The Shire resolved to divest on the 4th of February 2015, in support of Global Divestment Day
The City of Palo Alto in California passed a divestment resolution urging the State to divest on February 9, 2015. Click here to read more.
San Francisco, CA
Dane County, WI
United Church of Christ – National
Massachusetts United Church of Christ
Minnesota United Church of Christ
Evangelical Lutheran Church of Oregon
First Unitarian Church of Salt Lake City, UT
First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church in Cambridge, MA
Portsmouth South Church Unitarian First Unitarian Church of Pittsfield, ME
First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee, WI
First Presbyterian Palo Alto, CA
Uniting Church, New South Wales & ACT, Australia
Dover Friends Meeting, Dover, NH
Melbourne Unitarian Church, Australia
Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst, MA
Anglican Diocese of Wellington, New Zealand
Anglican Diocese of Auckland, New Zealand
Anglican Diocese of Dunedin, New Zealand
Anglican Diocese of Waiapu, New Zealand
Anglican Diocese of Waikato and Taranaki, New Zealand
Anglican Church of Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia
Anglican Diocese of Perth, Australia
Anglican Diocese of Canberra and Goulburn, Australia
Anglican Diocese of Melbourne, Australia
Anglican National Super, Australia
Brighthelm Church, Brighton, UK
Society for Community Work
Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts, MA
Maine Council of Churches, ME
Trinity St. Paul’s United Church, Toronto, Canada
Quakers in Britain
Colorado Ratnashri Sangha
First Unitarian Church, Ottawa
Union Theological Seminary, New York City
First Religious Society of Newburyport, MA
Unitarian Society of Northampton & Florence, MA
Unitarian Universalist Association
Central Philadelphia Monthly Quaker Meeting, PA, USA
Lansdowne Monthly Quaker Meeting, PA, USA
Westtown Monthly Quaker Meeting, PA, USA
Lehigh Valley Monthly Quaker Meeting, PA, USA
Old Haverford Monthly Quaker Meeting, PA, USA
Newtown Monthly Quaker Meeting, PA, USA
Haverford Quarterly Quaker Meeting, PA, USA
Jamaica Plain Unitarian Universalist, NY, USA
World Council of Churches
Community Friends Quaker Meeting, OH, USA
Uniting Church in Australia Assembly, Australia
Franciscan Sisters of Mary, MO, USA
Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts, MA, USA
Church of Sweden
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of South County (UUCSC), RI, USA
First Unitarian Church of Portland, OR, USA
Mountain Vista Unitarian Universalist Congregation, AZ, USA
First Universalist Church of Pittsfield, ME, USA
Unitarian Church of Los Alamos, NM, USA
Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto, CA, USA
UU Fellowship of Corvallis, OR, USA
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Ames, IA, USA
Lake County Unitarian Universalist Church, WI, USA
First Parish (Old Ship Church), MA, USA
All Souls UU Church, MA, USA
Unity Temple UU Congregation, IL, USA
First Parish Church UU, MA, USA
Thomas Jefferson Memorial Church, VA, USA
Church of England Diocese of Oxford, United Kingdom
Quakers Religious Society of Friends, Australia
The United Methodist Church, USA
Presentation Sisters, Queensland, Australia
Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley, CA, USA
American Ethical Union, USA
Pilgrim Lutheran Church, St. Paul, MN, USA
Divest-Invest Philanthropic Group
Sierra Club Foundation
Wallace Global Fund
Jubitz Family Foundation
The Educational Foundation of America
The Russell Family Foundation
KL Felicitas Foundation
The Chorus Foundation
Singing Field Foundation
Nia Community Foundation
The John Merck Fund
The Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust
Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation
The Schmidt Family Foundation
Ben & Jerry’s Foundation
Ross Knowles Fund
Madden Sainsbury Foundation
Earth Welfare Foundation
McKinnon Family Foundation
The Hunt Foundation
Robert and Patricia Switzer Foundation
Merck Family Fund
Conservation Breeding Specialist Group
Santa Fe Art Institute
New Progressive Alliance
Council of Canadians
Santa Clara Valley Water District
Students’ Society of McGill University (pdf)
Island Institute, Maine, US
British Medical Association
Funeral Consumers Alliance of Maine
Rockefeller Brothers Fund
Doctors for the Environment Australia
Foundation of the University of Presque Isle
Great Old Broads for Wilderness
WERU Community Radio
Northeast Wilderness Trust
Australian Guild of Screen Composers
National Ethical Service