83 percent of participating undergraduates voted to support fossil fuel divestment. Over 50 percent of students voted.
After over 400 hours of canvassing, campaigning, and communicating, the undergraduate referendum on divesting from fossil fuels passed. The results demonstrate student support for divestment from the dirtiest fossil fuel companies who fail to improve their practices in a manner consistent with Yale’s ethical investing guidelines.
The referendum passed thanks to the hard work of canvassers, volunteers, and allies. Fossil Free Yale is immensely thankful to everyone who contributed to the campaign, and looks forward to continuing these conversations in the weeks and months ahead.
Following the referendum, Fossil Free Yale will continue to work with the Advisory Committee on Investor Responsibility to create an ethically and financially responsible proposal for divestment. They will also reach out to the full Yale community of alumni, graduate students, faculty, and staff as they continue to pursue their goal of a cleaner endowment.