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
The investment in clean energy solutions
what is divestment?
Divestment is the opposite of investment. Rather, divestment is the deliberate removal of investments in funds that are unethical. Fossil fuel divestment denotes the immediate termination of all new and future fossil fuel investments, divestment from existing fossil fuel stocks and bonds, and reinvestment in sustainable solutions. To fight the climate crisis, divestment campaigns have been used throughout the nation to center social, economic, and environmental justice, while challenging the unfettered power of the fossil fuel industry.
Collectively, all thirteen schools within the University of Wisconsin system have 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.
The UW Board of Regents is "responsible for establishing policies and rules for governing the System, planning to meet future state needs for collegiate education." We believe that a hospitable planet is a future need, and as such, the Board must prohibit fossil fuel investments.
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.
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 exacerbate the climate crisis, threatening our future. It's simple - the UW system is profiting from climate change by choosing to invest in fossil fuel industries. Divestment from fossil fuels will ensure that the UW system endowments are aligned with the environmental and social values of the system.
A second simple way to help our cause is by donating, which you can do by clicking the button below.
Another way to take action is by writing an email to the Wisconsin Board of Regents expressing your support for divestment. The below form submits directly to the Board of Regents' email inbox, so simply fill in the comments as though you were writing a letter!
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.
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Shout-out to UW Oshkosh, UW La Crosse, UW Steven's Point, UW River Falls, and UW Stout; each
university has passed a resolution in support of fossil fuel divestment! Great job!
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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 campuses. At this time, our coalition has representation from the following student organizations:
Students for Sustainability- UW La Crosse
Environmental Club - UW Parkside
Wisconsin Student Climate Action Coalition - UW Madison
Student Environmental Action Coalition - UW Oshkosh
UW River Falls Sustainability Office - UW River Falls
350 Stevens Point - UW Stevens Point
NextGen Stevens Point - UW Stevens Point
Students for Sustainability - UW Stevens Point
Students Encouraging Environmental Deeds - UW Eau Claire
Stout Student Association - UW Stout
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