On June 7th, 2018, the Committee on Finance and Administration of the Board of Directors of Georgetown voted for divestment from tar sands. The announcement stated that the board “supported a recommendation to use reasonable efforts to avoid investments in companies whose principal business is the extraction of bituminous sands (“tar sands”) for use in […]

On April 30th, Georgetown University’s Committee on Investments and Social Responsibility (CISR) published a memo recommending that the university “avoid investments in companies whose principal business is the extraction of tar sands.” The recommendation comes after GU Fossil Free (GUFF) submitted a proposal in November 2017 advocating to divest the endowment from companies active in tar sands extraction […]

January 26th, 2018 GU Fossil Free and a group of 13 allied student organizations recently delivered a letter to President DeGioia, calling for support for GU Fossil Free’s latest proposal. The proposal, which recommends divestment from companies involved in oil extraction from tar sands, aims to align Georgetown’s Jesuit values with its investment policy. Read […]

November 6, 2017 GU Fossil Free recently submitted a new proposal to the Committee on Investments and Social Responsibility recommending direct divestment from companies that extract oil from tar sands. The decision to suggest divestment from this particular fossil fuel arose from recognition of tar sands oil’s disproportionately high rate of greenhouse gas emissions, egregious […]

November 24th, 2015 GU Fossil Free is disappointed that the GUSA Senate voted down GUFF’s proposal to hold a non-binding referendum in which students would vote for or against divestment. GU Fossil Free, which has accumulated over 2,500 petition signatures calling on Georgetown to divest its endowment from fossil fuels, intended to have a referendum […]

Response to Board of Directors’ Decision on Divestment04 June 2015 From its inception, GU Fossil Free has been guided by a single goal: to advocate for the divestment of Georgetown’s endowment from the top 200 oil, coal, and gas companies based on proven carbon reserves. The rationale for divestment at Georgetown lies in both climate […]

On March 18, three GU Fossil Free members peacefully demonstrated on the Gaston Hall stage. Upon the conclusion of Dr. Jim Yong Kim’s address, they climbed up to the stage and held a banner quoting a statement he had previously made about climate change. These three members were physically escorted off of the stage and […]

Today, GU Fossil Free was deeply disappointed to see an editorial by The Hoya entitled “Get Off The Stage” criticizing GU Fossil Free’s recent banner drop at Jim Yong Kim’s speech on climate change at Georgetown. However, we are also grateful to Vincent DeLaurentis, Hoyas for Choice member and one of the founders of Hoyas United for […]

Today, six GU Fossil Free members attempted to walk into the full body meeting of the Board of Directors. They were met with a resounding ‘no’ by university administrators. Because we believe that we deserve a seat at the table when they discuss the proposal we have been crafting and refining for over two years, […]

Yesterday, six members of GU Fossil Free met with five members of the Board of Directors. We would like to thank them for meeting with us, and we would like to offer a few responses that we did not get to fit in yesterday. We hope that all members of the Board will read the […]