The International Energy Agency makes it clear: no new oil, gas or coal investments if the world wants to reach net zero by 2050.
Climate tragedies presently harm Vanderbilts students and faculty. The university’s investments must not proliferate these events.
The world’s largest asset manager, BlackRock, found that divesting portfolios either match or outperform non-divesting portfolios.
Our Mission: The mission of Dores Divest is to achieve fossil fuel divestment at Vanderbilt University, through both disruptive and non-disruptive means, as a step towards climate justice.
"Vanderbilt and other universities ought to kiss goodbye to fossil fuel energy stocks. Money talks."
Dr. Cecelia Tichi Professor, VU English Department
"I am a supporter of divestment on moral ground and think that universities should do so as they should lead on following a path to higher moral ground."
Dr. Curtis Baysinger Professor, VU Medical School
"Vanderbilt can support engineering for the future and profit from it, and for this reason, the time has come to begin investing in sustainable technologies"
Dr. Lori Troxel Professor, VU Engineering
"The climate policies that Vanderbilt has put into place are very respectable… but not where divestment is concerned. People who’ve stayed in fossil fuels because they’re ‘standing on principle’ to defend the endowment have lost their shirts on it."
Vice President Al Gore Former VU Student
"Divesting in fossil fuels is not only an ethically sound strategy for Vanderbilt, it is an economically sound strategy in the long view."
Dr. Amanda Little Professor, VU English Department
"As a former Vandy professor, I’m so, so happy to see the students there fighting the good fight against fossil fuels"
Dr. Joyce Chaplin Professor, Harvard University
"The climate crisis is very much here and divestment is a pressing issue that needs to be addressed now."
Hannah Bruns VU Student Body President
"The Rockefeller’s Brothers Fund, who built their fortune on whale oil and then fossil fuels, announced that its $860 million philanthropic organization was joining the divestment movement. Vanderbilt should follow suit."
Ita Hardesty-Mason Climate Nashville Activist