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UVM moves to invest millions more in sustainability projects

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 of finance, will increase UVM’s investments in green bonds from $10 million to $20 million. Cate...

Students urge board of trustees to divest with little movement from the board

Students urge board of trustees to divest with little movement from the board

Zoe Stern and Julianne Lesch

October 28, 2019

More than 50 students filled the last session of the board of trustees to make their voices heard. The students occupied all the seats in Livak Ballroom, leaving standing room only. They lined the walls of the room with signs. One student’s sign read, “We are all accountable.” Students...

Student protestors fill last session of board of trustees to push divestment

Student protestors fill last session of board of trustees to push divestment

Zoe Stern and Julianne Lesch

October 26, 2019

Student protestors filled the seats in the Livak Ballroom, leaving standing room only Oct. 26, at the last session of the UVM board of trustees’ annual October meeting. Student group Organize, a group focused on pushing UVM to divest from fossil fuels used the period of public comment Oct. 26 to...

Students plan to push divestment once again at UVM

Students plan to push divestment once again at UVM

Emma Pinezich, Assistant News Editor

October 8, 2019

A student group is again pushing for UVM to divest from fossil fuels and plans to submit a proposal to the board of trustees this month. The board of trustees, who has control over UVM’s endowment, has previously not supported divestment. Organize, a newly formed environmental club, hopes their proposal will...

Activists: to profit or punish?

Activists: to profit or punish?

Staff Editorial

October 2, 2019

UVM, where are you? Here you are, posting a “Photo of the Week” of senior Jillian Scannell, SGA president, on your Instagram. You write, “More than 500 community members gathered outside the Davis Center Sept. 20, speaking out and connecting with campus environmental organizations.” Around 600 s...

UVM will not divest, says UVM’s new leader of sustainability

UVM will not divest, says UVM’s new leader of sustainability

Emma Pinezich, Assistant News Editor

October 1, 2019

President Suresh Garimella’s pick to run sustainability issues at UVM said he won’t push for divestment from fossil fuels, despite calls from students. Garimella has tasked Richard Cate, vice president for finance and University treasurer, to oversee UVM’s sustainability and climate action issues, acco...

Students Demand Divestment

Students Demand Divestment

Staff Report

October 25, 2017

Student activists called upon the board of trustees to divest from fossil fuels in a silent protest Oct. 20. While the budget, finance and investment committee met, Student Climate Culture and Young Progressives entered Silentered Ballroom with signs demanding fossil fuel divestment. The students ...

Day 2: live at the board of trustees meeting

Day 2: live at the board of trustees meeting

Cynic Staff

October 21, 2017

Saturday: 8 a.m. During public comment, three students involved in the social and racial justice campaign at UVM spoke to the board. Sophomore Harmony Edosomwan, BSU president, said the University-wide annual reports neglect to mention the wellbeing of  students of color and that their experiences...

Board of Trustees to discuss housing changes, fossil fuel divestment

Board of Trustees to discuss housing changes, fossil fuel divestment

Emma Jarnagin and Alex Verret

October 19, 2017

The UVM board of trustees will meet Friday Oct. 20 and Saturday Oct. 21 for its quarterly meeting. Topics including diversity, tuition increases, updates and new uses for residence halls will be discussed, according to the trustees board book. Tom Gustafson, Vice President for University Relations...

Shumlin Talks Divestment

Shumlin Talks Divestment

Kelsey Neubauer, Assistant News Editor

April 19, 2016

Representatives in politics, education and business came together to discuss forward movement on state-wide divestment April 18.   SGA hosted the event in the Livak Ballroom, which included discussions on the importance of Vermont in the divestment movement by Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin, B...

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