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ENVIRONMENT: GLOBAL WARMING AND CLIMATE CHANGE CLIMATE CHANGE DENIAL : EDUCATION: COLLEGE: ADMINISTRATION : INVESTMENT: DIVESTMENT: Barnard College Endowment to Divest From Climate Change Deniers

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ENVIRONMENT: GLOBAL WARMING AND CLIMATE CHANGE CLIMATE CHANGE DENIAL :

EDUCATION: COLLEGE: ADMINISTRATION :

INVESTMENT: DIVESTMENT:

Barnard College Endowment to Divest From Climate Change Deniers


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Barnard College Endowment to Divest From Climate Change Deniers

Michael McDonald

March 4, 2017, 1:30 PM EST

Bloomberg

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-03-04/ 
barnard-college-endowment-to-divest-from-climate-change-deniers

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A shorter URL for the above link:

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http://tinyurl.com/zhscqzw

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School trustees voted to sell fossil fuel companies in fund

Plan puts into question relationship with manager Investure

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Barnard Colleges board of trustees voted to divest from energy companies
that deny climate change, putting into question the $286 million
endowments relationship with its money manager Investure.

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The board approved the measure Saturday, saying the college will
distinguish between companies based on their behavior and willingness to
transition to a cleaner economy. In 2014, Investure lost a client, the
Rockefeller Brothers Fund, which decided to divest from fossil fuel
companies.

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Investure, founded in 2003 by former University of Virginia endowment head
Alice Handy, manages money by pooling its clients assets rather than
tailoring portfolios. Handy didnt respond to an email or phone call
seeking comment.

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Weve got to make a decision in due course about the way forward, Robert
Goldberg, the schools chief operating officer, said about Barnards
relationship with Investure, which dates back a decade. Its worked for her
and its worked for us but as times have changed we have to evaluate where
we are in the world and what are our priorities.

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Selecting Companies

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The womens college, which is affiliated with Columbia University in New
York, is deciding which companies to blacklist and discussing how to
implement the change with Investure, Goldberg said prior to the vote.

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Barnard has about $18 million of investments in fossil fuel companies,
largely private equity partnerships entered into through Investure,
Goldberg said. Divestment will take time because the only way to unwind
the partnerships is to sell and we dont want to sell at a discount.

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Students Protest

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A student group, Divest Smith, demonstrated on campus March 2 to push the
board to remove fossil fuel investments from its $1.7 billion endowment.
Smith last year formed a group of students, faculty and staff to review
the issue. Smiths board isnt voting on the divestment issue at its meeting
this weekend, but will receive the study groups report and meet with
students, a spokeswoman said on March 3.


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