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More than a year later, divestment process continues

March 12, 2020

On Nov. 8, 2018, the Board of Trustees voted to begin divesting from fossil fuels.  On Nov. 7, 2019, just one day before the divestment decision’s first anniversary, sophomore Karsten Beling sent...

Divest Whitman Sends Messages to Trustees

Divest Whitman Sends Messages to Trustees
November 4, 2016
On Thursday evening, members of Divest Whitman placed signs outside Memorial Hall. The signs form a timeline of the different divestment movements throughout Whitman's history. The most recent sign read, "In 2015, students, faculty, and staff sat in Memorial Hall to support a 1% cap on fossil fuel exposure." The signs are captured in the slideshow below.

Guardian’s Climate Campaign Fails to Challenge NeoLiberal Status Quo

May 5, 2016
It is painful to see a major news outlet ignore questions that need to be asked and criticisms that need to see the light of day—it is painful because it happens over and over again in the media.

Divestment refuels for spring

February 5, 2015

Though the Whitman College Board of Trustees stated the college will not divest from the fossil fuel industry, students in the Divest Whitman movement are still trying to change their minds. Students...

Divestment March Turns Up Heat

April 30, 2013

After listening to a speech by founder of the 350.org organization Bill McKibben, over 200 members of the Whitman community marched around campus chanting slogans in favor of divesting the college's endowment...

Individual Blame Won’t Address Environmental Problems

April 25, 2013

I find it hard to recall the moment I first became an environmentalist. It's not as defined as the instant I became a writer (after reading "The Amber Spyglass" at the age of 11) or an environmental humanities...

Letter to the Editor: Whitman Must Be Accountable on Climate Change

April 18, 2013

I have joined a campaign at my college to call for our endowment to be divested from the companies with the largest reserves of fossil fuels. We call for divestment in solidarity with people on the front...

Divestment Should Be More than Just Symbolic

April 11, 2013

This column was contributed by Martha Sebald '14 This past weekend, a few dozen students and student representatives crowded into Reid Campus Center for an informational hearing to help ASWC determine...

Bridges Unclear on Goals of Divestment Campaign

March 28, 2013

In 2011, President George Bridges launched the "Now is the Time" campaign to encourage patrons to invest in Whitman. "My idea was simple. It got at the heart of things," Bridges explained earnestly....

Divestment Movement Continues to Gain Momentum

Over 70 students expressed support for divestment from fossil fuels today by gathering at Memorial Building.  Photos by Marie von Hafften.
February 21, 2013

Campus Climate Challenge's (CCC) campaign to encourage Whitman to divest from fossil fuels has gained traction on campus, but has met with new challenges as students and administrators disagree over the...

Divestment About Spectacle, Not Success

Divestment About Spectacle, Not Success
February 14, 2013

On March 15, 1986, Whitman's Board of Trustees voted on a divestment proposal for the first time. Students and faculty had both submitted resolutions urging the Board to remove companies from the college's...

Students, faculty gather to urge divestment from fossil fuels

Over 70 students expressed support for divestment from fossil fuels today by gathering at Memorial Building.  Photos by Marie von Hafften.
January 29, 2013

Approximately 70 Whitman students and faculty gathered on the steps of Memorial earlier this evening to ask Whitman to divest from fossil fuels. "Our thought is that by divesting from these companies...

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