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The University of Vermont's Independent Voice Since 1883

The Vermont Cynic

The University of Vermont's Independent Voice Since 1883

The Vermont Cynic

In a historic vote, UVM Board of Trustees unanimously decides to divest from fossil fuels

In a historic vote, UVM Board of Trustees unanimously decides to divest from fossil fuels

Irene Choi and Kate Vanni July 14, 2020

A correction has been made for the spelling of Kieran Edraney, the President of Organize. The UVM Board of Trustees voted unanimously to divest from fossil fuels during a July 14 meeting and announced...

Sustainability workgroup discusses potential future of UVM fossil fuel divestment

Sustainability workgroup discusses potential future of UVM fossil fuel divestment

Lilly Page, Cynic News Reporter April 27, 2020

A meeting that was supposed to include discussion about campus input on divestment resulted in the members scarcely touching the topic, before moving on to the next step in their agenda. The second...

Members of the board of trustees prepare for the March 2 meeting where they selected Ron Lumbra to be the new chair and established the new sustainability work group.

UVM asks for student input on divestment amidst pressure from campus groups

Emma Pinezich, Cynic News Reporter April 5, 2020

On a Friday afternoon when many students might be gearing up for the weekend, over 100 others chose to pack themselves behind a partition in the Silver Maple Ballroom.  They came to ask the board of...

Members of the board of trustees prepare for the March 2 meeting where they selected Ron Lumbra to be the new chair and established the new sustainability work group.

BOT selects new chair and discusses sustainability

Sawyer Loftus, News and Sports Editor March 2, 2020

UVM’s board of trustees have selected a new chair and agreed to form a new working group to study sustainability, at its March 2 meeting. Ron Lumbra was selected to steer the board. He previously...

Board, give due respect to all protestors

Board, give due respect to all protestors

Meg Trogolo February 13, 2020

UVM is one step closer to divesting from the fossil fuel industry, but the board of trustees needs to show more respect to everyone involved in the divestment movement. On Jan. 31, hours after a board...

Board must listen to students’ demands

Meg Trogolo February 6, 2020

UVM’s board of trustees has a listening problem. UVM students have been organizing in favor of divestment from fossil fuel companies for years, with the environmental club Organize leading the movement...

Student protesters hold hand-painted signs following the end of public comment. The group then began to sing, Which side are you on, board? Which side are you on? Does it weigh on you at all board? Does it weigh on you at all?

Following student action, trustee says he’s ready to divest

Cynic News Staff February 3, 2020

After two demonstrations by student activists over the span of three months, at least one UVM trustee has said he’s ready to divest. Students from organizations including SGA, the Sunrise Movement and...

Junior Lowell Deschenes brandishes a sign reading Divestment is the best investment.

Students protest UVM board’s refusal to divest UVM millions from fossil fuels

Cynic News Staff, News Staff January 31, 2020

At least 100 students, faculty and community members filled the final session of the February 2020 board of trustees meeting to call for UVM to divest from fossil fuels. Students from organizations...

Junior Sophie Smith, chair of the Committee on the Environment, reads aloud a resolution urging the board of trustees to divest from fossil fuels at an SGA meeting, Jan. 21. Organize President Kieran Edraney, a senior, was also at the meeting.

SGA again requests UVM divest from fossil fuels

Lilly Page , Cynic News Reporter January 29, 2020

To thundering applause and a standing ovation, SGA emphasized the importance of UVM’s divestment at their Jan. 21 meeting.  During their weekly meeting, junior Sophie Smith, chair of the Committee...

Letter to the Editor: How UVMs values align with divestment

Letter to the Editor: How UVM’s values align with divestment

Letter to the Editor December 9, 2019

Letter to the Editor Sophia Smith '21 Chair, SGA Committee on the Environment Member, Socially Responsible Investment Advisory Council Undergraduate Representative, Budget and financing...

Environmentalist Bill McKibben addressed a crowd of about 200 hundred students Dec. 2 at UVM. McKibben said UVM needs to divest from fossil fuels.

Environmentalist Bill McKibben tells UVM to divest

Emma Pinezich, Assistant News Editor December 3, 2019

One of the most famous American environmentalists urged UVM to divest from fossil fuels during a talk to hundreds at UVM about the climate crisis.  Over 200 students and members of the community gathered...

 Richard Cate, University treasurer and vice president for finance, sits among over 50 student protesters at a board of trustees meeting, Oct. 26. Despite the protest, the board made no indication that UVM would divest from fossil fuels.

UVM moves to invest millions more in sustainability projects

Emma Pinezich, Assistant News Editor October 29, 2019

UVM’s vice president of finance has agreed to double the amount of cash UVM has invested in environmentally friendly bonds at the SGA president’s request. Richard Cate, UVM treasurer and vice president...

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