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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 meeting of the UVM board of trustees’ sustainability workgroup included a half an hour slot for the...

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

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.

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 trustees one thing: which side of history did they want to be on? Over the last two semesters, stu...

BOT selects new chair and discusses sustainability

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.

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 served as vice chair of the board under David Daigle who stepped down as chair last month. Lumbra was...

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 meeting where students demonstrated in support of divestment, Vermont Rep. Curt McCormack, a trustee,...

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 in recent months. However, the board voted against divestment during their October 2019 meeting and ...

The Cynic Reports – Divestment Protests and Gender Parity of the Board Of Trustees

The Cynic Reports - Divestment Protests and Gender Parity of the Board Of Trustees

Alek Fleury, Managing Editor

February 4, 2020

Managing Editor Alek Fleury brings you this week's top Cynic stories.

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

Student protesters hold hand-painted signs following the end of public comment. The group then began to sing,

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 Organize, a group advocating against UVM’s $27 million investment in fossil fuel companies, fille...

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

Junior Lowell Deschenes brandishes a sign reading

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 including SGA, Sunrise and Organize, a group advocating against UVM's $27 million investment in fossil fuel...

SGA again requests UVM divest from fossil fuels

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.

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 on the Environment, introduced a resolution urging the board of trustees to divest from fossil fuels....

Letter to the Editor: How UVM’s 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 subcommittee of board of trustees The push for divestment from fossil fuels has been an ongoing struggle with...

Environmentalist Bill McKibben tells UVM to divest

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

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 at 4:30 p.m. Dec. 2 in the Davis Center to hear author and environmentalist Bill McKibben dis...

UVM moves to invest millions more in sustainability projects

 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.

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...

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