Comments on the 2013 CRIC Survey of Campus Attitudes Submitted to CRIC by Brett Smith, Carleton ’64 on behalf of Divest Carleton February 3, 2014

NOTE: The report to which these comments respond will be found at https://apps.carleton.edu/governance/cric/surveyresults/2013/.

Introduction 

Divest Carleton appreciates this opportunity to comment on the recently released report on Carleton community attitudes and ideas regarding the activities of the Carleton Responsible Investment Committee (CRIC) and the management of the college endowment. Divest Carleton is an alumni group formed to move Carleton to divest from fossil fuel endowment holdings. Our group is part of a significant international divestment movement organized by 350.org. More information on these efforts will be found on our web site at www.divestcarleton.wordpress.com and at www.350.org.

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Foundations pull $1.8 Billion in investments from fossil fuel companies

Seventeen foundations have banded together to divest from companies that extract or transport fossil fuels.  Together, they control investments of $1.8 Billion.  The New York Times declared this to be a “significant victory” for the divestment movement.  Read the story here:
http://mobile.nytimes.com/blogs/dealbook/2014/01/29/foundations-band-together-to-get-rid-of-fossil-fuel-investments/?_php=true,true&_type=blogs,blogs&_r=1