The UW Divestment Coalition's mission is to unite universities throughout the University of Wisconsin System to demand a just divestment from fossil fuels to combat the climate crisis.
We are asking for:
Transparency and disclosure of all UW investments
The cessation of all new investments in oil, gas, and coal companies
The sale of existing investments tied to oil, gas, and coal in the next 3-5 years
Investment in clean energy solutions
what is divestment?
Divestment is the removal of investments from unethical funds. Fossil fuel divestment means an immediate end to all new and future fossil fuel investments, divestment from existing fossil fuel stocks and bonds, and reinvestment in sustainable solutions.
Divestment campaigns have been used around the world to center social, economic, and environmental justice, while challenging the fossil fuel industry.
why is divestment important?
Educational institutions have a fiduciary obligation to make investments that benefit their students, yet the UW system invests its $7 billion endowment in corporations that further the climate crisis, threatening our future. By choosing to invest in fossil fuel industries, the UW System is profiting from climate change Divestment will ensure that the UW system endowments are aligned with the environmental and social values of the system.
Has the University of Wisconsin really not divested yet?
Collectively, all thirteen University of Wisconsin system schools have an estimated seven billion dollars in endowments funds, four billion of which is invested by the University of Wisconsin Foundation. No University within the Wisconsin system has committed to fossil fuel divestment.
Given the urgency of the climate crisis, our coalition is demanding the disclosure of all UW investments, the complete decarbonization of our endowments within three to five years, and reinvestment in companies that promote a sustainable future.
Still have questions about fossil fuel divestment? Visit our FAQs page!
Ready to Take action?
2. Write to your School's Foundation and Administrators!
Another way to take action is by writing to your school's foundation expressing your support for divestment. Showing each foundation the constituents are passionate about divestment holds weight!
3. Join UWDC!
Lastly, consider joining us as a volunteer or core organizer! Contact us if you are interested!
A second simple way to help our cause is by donating to support our operations, which you can do by clicking the button below.
One of the easiest ways to help our cause is by signing our petition. This crucial step shows the Board of Regents that constituents support this cause and stand in solidarity with our movement.
stop line 3
Line 3 is a proposed pipeline expansion stretching across Canada, Northern Minnesota, and Northern Wisconsin. This not only violates treaty rights and has the potential to contaminate water, but perpetuates the fossil fuel industry. Learn more about the cause and support it at the link below.
Thank you to those of you who joined us or cheered us on in Madison as we demanded the UW System divest from fossil fuels! We could not have achieved such success without your help and enthusiasm, and we look forward to seeing you at future events!
Divestment day of action
UWDC is looking for passionate students to act as core organizers in the coalition! Are you interested in helping our cause? Check out the position descriptions and apply here!
who we are
Our mission is to unite student organizations throughout the University of Wisconsin System to demand a just divestment from fossil fuels to combat the climate crisis. Our coalition strives to represent student groups, faculty members, alumni, and community members from around the 13 University of Wisconsin main and branch campuses. At this time, our coalition has representation from the following student organizations:
Students for Sustainability - UW La Crosse
Wisconsin Student Climate Action Coalition - UW Madison
Campus Leaders for Energy Action Now - UW Madison
ASM Sustainability Committee - UW Madison
Divest UWO - UW Oshkosh
UW River Falls Sustainability Office - UW River Falls
350 Stevens Point - UW Stevens Point
Students for Sustainability - UW Stevens Point
Students Encouraging Environmental Deeds - UW Eau Claire
Student Office of Sustainability - UW Eau Claire
Conservation Club - UW Eau Claire
If you or your organization are interested in learning more about divestment and UWDC, and would benefit from a virtual meeting, please fill out this Google Form to be put in touch with one of our outreach coordinators.
If you are interested in joining UWDC as a volunteer or core organizer, please view and submit this form.
If you would like to endorse our movement, or simply want to join our mailing list, please submit this form.
stay in touch
Check out some photos from our previous events from across the state, and don't forget to follow us on social media!