Georgetown International Environmental Law Review Publishes Pro-Divestment Editorial


The Georgetown International Environmental Law Review has published a pro-divestment editorial in its online edition, GIELR Online. Citing GU Fossil Free’s final proposal, the editorial appeals to Georgetown’s Jesuit tradition of social justice as well as the financial benefits of divestment to argue that “Georgetown University must divest from companies that are propelling global climate change.”

The editorial follows the recent establishment of Georgetown University Law Fossil Free (GULFF), the Law Center counterpart of the divestment campaign on the main campus, GU Fossil Free.

Georgetown University Fossil Free (GUFF), a student-run organization based in Georgetown’s main campus, recently reached out to Law Center students and faculty to increase support for University divestment from major carbon emitting companies. On October 2, 2014, leaders of the undergraduate campaign traveled to the Law Center to discuss GUFF’s divestment proposal and to explain the process for securing divestment. The meeting also included a call for Law Center students and professors to sign a petition in support of divestment.”

According to the editorial, “if the University agrees to move forward with GUFF’s proposal, Georgetown will become the fifteenth higher education institution in the world to divest from carbon investments.”


Op-Ed in The Hoya Calls on CISR to Vote YES on Divestment

Julia Hennrikus // The Hoya
Julia Hennrikus // The Hoya

On Tuesday, Oct. 21, Georgetown’s campus newspaper, The Hoya, published an op-ed written by members of the pro-divestment coalition at Georgetown. The op-ed calls on the University’s Committee on Investments and Social Responsibility to vote in support of divestment this semester (date TBA), following a presentation by GU Fossil Free at their next meeting on Oct. 27.

It was written by two members of the main campus GU Fossil Free group, Caitlin Meagher (SFS ’17) and Nina Sherburne (Staff: Human Resources), and a member of the Law Center group GU Law Fossil Free, Sean McLernon (L ’17). Check it out!


GU Fossil Free Dialogues with Michael Barry, CIO after Successful Letter Delivery

GU Fossil Free members discussing divestment with a worker at the Investment Office before meeting with Michael Barry, CIO (Photo: Lucia He)
On Sept. 30, four members of GU Fossil Free delivered the campaign’s final proposal and a letter to Michael Barry, Chief Investment Officer of Georgetown University. After handing over a physical copy of the proposal to a worker at the Investment Office, they sat down with Mr. Barry himself, who was in the office at the time. The members urged him to schedule a long-awaited meeting between GU Fossil Free and the Committee on Investments and Social Responsibility (CISR).
This meeting would garner the CISR’s endorsement of divestment within the next month, a crucial step for moving review forward to the Board of Directors!

GU Fossil Free members ready to deliver their letter and proposal, outside the Investment Office. From left: Aine Boyle, Patricia Cipollitti, Elaine Colligan, and Caitlin Meagher (Photo: Lucia He)