WASHINGTON- The Student Government commends the Board of Trustees for creating a Committee on Socially Responsible Investing and continuing the push to have American University go fossil free.
This initiative that started with former Comptroller Joe Ste. Marie, has been passed on to the new executive board. They had Fossil Free AU in mind when going into the past week’s Board of Trustee meetings.
“The members of Fossil Free AU have done a lot of hard work. I was honored to bring the voices of students to the table at the meetings I attended this week,” said President Patrick Kelly. “The creation of a Committee on Socially Responsible Investing adheres to Goal 7 of the University Strategic Plan. It’s fitting that the first discussion that will take place in it is fossil fuel divestment.”
Goal 7 of the Strategic Plan is to “Act on Our Values through Social Responsibility and Service.”
Comptroller Ben Johnson sat on the Finance and Investment Committee this week in which he spoke to the members about Fossil Free AU and the importance of divestment. He gave a presentation to the Committee
“This is not the end of the conversation,” said Johnson. “There is still a lot of work to do; this committee is a good start for long term initiatives. Pat and I will continue to talk to students about the implementation of this committee going forward and ensure the board adopts divestment without delay.”
The American University Student Government represents the needs and collective voice of over 6,000 undergraduates. Our mission is to advocate for policies that will tangibly benefit students, offer top-notch programs and lasting traditions, provide services and resources to students, and work with clubs and student leaders to establish a positive cohesion between our groups.
Sarah Preston, Press Secretary