After six years of campaigning, the University of Illinois Academic Senate has finally agreed to student demands for divestment from the coal industry! In addition to recommending an official university policy divesting all indirect funds from coal mining and coal utility companies, a resolution was passed that insists upon the creation of a Social Responsibility … More UIUC Academic Senate votes in favor of divestment!
UIUC Beyond Coal is having a rally before the Academic Senate’s votes on socially responsible investment of the University’s endowment. The event will feature students and alumni from the UIUC Beyond Coal campaign, as well as professors with experience in environmental justice. UIUC Beyond Coal is pressuring the university to stop investing in environmentally destructive … More PRESS RELEASE: University Academic Senate Votes on Divestment + Student Rally
For six years, the university has been ignoring the voices of students and faculty pleading for responsible action around climate change. Meanwhile, UIUC publicly endorses sustainability and publicly condemns the fossil fuel industry while behind closed doors casually invests $5.1 million dollars in coal Our investment in coal links the success of our university to … More DIVEST NOW! Rally for Academic Senate Meeting
As it stands, currently UIUC publicly endorses sustainability and publicly condemns the fossil fuel industry while behind closed doors we hold partial ownership in this destructive institution and directly benefit from the expansion of the coal industry and coal extraction, combustion, and disposal -UIUC Beyond Coal Co-President, Jackie Genova Last week, Beyond Coal hosted a debate at the … More A Debate Over Fossil Fuel Divestment
Today, UIUC Beyond Coal held a protest outside of Swanlund Administration Building. The rally was directed towards the University administration in order to create action about addressing divestment. There were moving chants, songs and speeches all to gain attention for our cause and its immediacy. Among the speakers were Tyler Rotche (one of the founding … More Reading Day Rally for Divestment
On November 12th, representatives from Beyond Coal addressed the University of Illinois Board of Trustees with the most recent of many pleas for university investments to be diverted from coal to renewable energy. Laden with wit and relevant historical references, the organization’s riveting speech was best when delivered by Beyond Coal’s Director of Communications, Cary Shepherdd, but is … More Beyond Coal Speaks at UI Board of Trustees Meeting
Earlier this summer, our Chancellor, Phyllis Wise, made the executive decision to revoke a job offer extended to Steven Salaita by the University of Illinois, and it was only by public pressure that his appointment was advanced to the Board of Trustees for approval. Last week, the Board voted 8-1 against Salaita’s appointment. You all … More The Big Picture: What Our University Stands For
Want to learn more about coal issues and divestment? Join UIUC Beyond Coal and UIUC Students for Environmental Concerns this Tuesday for “Dirty Money, Dirty Planet: A Conversation on Coal Divestment.” The event will feature speakers from local environmental groups who are also striving to move communities beyond coal. One of the presenters is Sue … More Dirty Money, Dirty Planet: A Conversation on Coal Divestment
A Semester Closer to Divestment While University of Illinois students reacclimate to frigid campus conditions and the daily grind of homework and classes, UIUC Beyond Coal has hit the ground running as a new semester dawns. Building on momentum from the previous semester’s successes, we hope to bring our University closer than ever before to … More What’s Next?