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Faculty, Staff Join In Urging Williams College To Divest From Fossil Fuel Companies

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Efforts urging Williams College to divest its $2.3 billion endowment from the top 200 fossil fuel companies are continuing. In a letter to college leadership, faculty and staff are joining the campaign which has largely been led by students and alumni.More than 230 Williams College faculty and staff signed the letter which was recently delivered to President Adam Falk and the board of trustees. A similar petition signed by more than 500 students and alumni was presented to a school advisory committee in December.

“It’s trying to change the social and political dialogue around it by making fossil fuels morally bankrupt,” said Tara Miller, a student campaign leader.

As of 2014, roughly $8.3 million is invested in fossil fuel related companies, according to Williams’ Vice President of Public Affairs James Kolesar.

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