Campaign History

Spring 2013

  • February: Start of Fossil Free Wellesley. IMG_1221 Joining the national divestment movement, a small group of students initiate the campaign to divest Wellesley from fossil fuels.
  • February: Students meet for the first time with Chief Investment Officer Deborah Kuenstner and with President of the College Kim Bottomly. President Bottomly encourages us to seek further information and student support.
  • March: Students begin to organize and collect student petition signatures
  • May: Over 850 students  sign on to a petition calling on the college to divest from fossil fuel investments.
  • May 15: Student organize a petition deliver and rally. Over 30 students meet with President Bottomly to present to petitions to her and request a meeting with the Board of Trustees next semester.

Fall 2013

Fossil Free Wellesley with President Bottomly

  • August: FFW organizers learn that the Board of Trustees has agreed to meet and discuss divestment.
  • October 4: Over 20 students “die out” in the entrance of the Lulu Campus Center to educate the Wellesley community about the health and human effects of fossil fuel extraction & emission.
  • October 9: FFW organizers meet with President Bottomly to prepare for the meeting with the Board of Trustees.
  • October 23: 10 FFW representatives meet with the Board of Trustees to formally call for divestment. A task force is created to further research divestment and make a recommendation to the Board at their February meeting.
  • December 2: The committee reconvenes for a presentation about the finances of divestment from Deborah Kuenstner and Chief Financial Officer Ben Hammond.

Spring 2014

  • January 28: Meredith Wade, a first-year on the FFW organizing team, sits on a panel hosted by Sustainability Advisory Committee to discuss divestment. Co-panelists are assistant professor of philosophy Erich Hatala Matthes, associate professor of political science Hahrie Han, Deborah Kuenstner and Rob Pratt, chairman and CEO of a college sustainability consulting firm.
  • February 5: FFW meets again with the board subcommittee to hear their reply to the divestment proposal.
  • February 10-14: In honor of Valentine’s Day, FFW challenges students to connect the dots between their lives and climate change by asking them to make valentines for something they love that climate change threatens.
  • March 2: 4 FFW organizers get arrested in Washington D.C. at a massive student protest calling on President Obama to reject the Keystone XL pipeline.
  • Today: There are more than 1000  student petition signers and the campaign is continuing to build momentum as it grows student support and its network of supportive alumnae.