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Divestment 2016: Setting a Path for a "Just Transition"

Wind Power

November 18, 2016
8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Gateway Center

This daylong symposium will draw together experts in the field to discuss divestment from fossil fuels in a manner that is both socially responsible and financially feasible. This symposium is free for all students and ESF faculty and staff.

The symposium will:

  • Inform the public about fossil fuel divestment (and re-investment) in higher education, in the broader context of a just transition to a clean energy economy.
  • Inform institutional and university decision makers of the feasibility and effectiveness of fossil fuel divestment.
  • Explore alternative investment strategies to foster local, regional and state-wide innovation and economic activity.
  • Provide a gathering opportunity and platform for emerging leaders from across New York state and the country.

Schedule Friday, November 18, 2016

8:30 - 9:00 am — Registration and Welcome
9:00 - 9:30 am — Opening remarks
9:30 - 10:30 am — What is divestment: its history, its effectiveness, divestment in greater context of environmental justice issues

  • Zakaria Kronemer, Responsible Endowments Coalition
  • Evan Weber, US Climate Plan
  • Neil Patterson, SUNY-ESF, Center for Native People and the Environment

10:30 – 10:45 am — Break (coffee, tea and light refreshments)
10:45 -11:45 am — Mechanics of divestment panel (both from direct investments and from mutual funds and index funds)

  • Sada Geuss, Trillium Investments
  • Katelyn Kriessel, Cadaret, Grant & Co. and Solarize CNY

11:45 - 1:00 pm — Break for lunch
1:00 - 2:00 pm — Mechanics of re-investment panel (both traditional market reinvestment and non-traditional reinvestment strategies)

  • Brittny Baxter, New York Renews
  • Mark Orlowski, Sustainable Endowment Institute
  • Susan Spencer, New York Energy Democracy Alliance

2:00 – 2:15 BREAK (coffee, tea and light refreshments)
2:15 - 3:15 pm — Student panel featuring organizers from several different universitydivestment campaigns

  • Vassar College
  • Syracuse University
  • SUNY Student Association
  • Many Others

3:15 – 3:30 pm — Closing remarks (and continuing conversations)


Who should attend?

We invite institutional decision makers from the Syracuse area and throughout New York state, particularly those from colleges and universities; student climate and environmental justice leaders; individual investors; and members of the public who wish to learn more about divestment and a just transition.