At the end of the semester the Fossil Free AU Campaign got a surprise endorsement – from the Faculty Senate! Here is a statement from Chair Barlow Burke commending our efforts and calling on the Board of Trustees to explore the option of divestment from fossil fuels.
The Faculty Senate endorsed a resolution supporting fossil free and socially responsible investing at AU; the resolution had been considered by the Senate’s Budget and Benefits committee and forwarded to the Executive Committee of the Senate and the full Senate; the Senate’s endorsement came at its meeting today. The endorsement was not of a negative screen or a separate committee, but to the effect that the BOT should initiate its own study of the matter. The Senate felt that it had no authority to dictate such matters to the Board, but that its committee’s resolution was justifiably supported by student research and deserved Senate Support on that account.
We thank Professor Burke and the other 25 members of the Faculty Senate for their support!