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SPIA Students and Alumni React to Princeton Dissociating from Segments of Fossil Fuel Industry

Oct 05 2022
Amaney Jamal, Dean

Dear SPIA Community,

On Thursday, Sept. 29, Princeton University announced that the Board of Trustees voted to dissociate from 90 companies pursuant to a fossil fuel dissociation decision made last year that focused on the most-polluting segments of the industry and on concerns about corporate disinformation campaigns. I am proud of the many SPIA students and alumni who have advocated for the University to divest from fossil fuels and participated in the Divest Princeton coalition as well as additional advocacy efforts.

The following are statements from SPIA students and alumni about the announcement, curated by Claire Kaufman MPA '23, who writes:

"SPIA students and alumni are proud of Princeton University for its groundbreaking dissociation decision, taking the first step toward removing the support and influence of the fossil fuels industry in academia. Climate change is an existential threat and one of the most challenging and intersectional issues facing policymakers. Dissociating from companies whose denial and delay tactics have exacerbated climate change and its inequitable impacts on communities holds true to Princeton’s motto of ‘in the service of humanity’. Over the years, many SPIA students have supported divestment and been involved in Divest Princeton. Here are a few SPIA student and alumni voices regarding the new policy."

I offer my heartiest congratulations and thanks to Claire, her classmates, our alumni, and all others within our community for their tireless passion and efforts on such a vital policy issue.