Sign the Faculty Open Letter

An Open Letter from the Faculty to Chancellor Chopp and the Board of Trustees

We, the undersigned Faculty of the University of Denver, sincerely believe that the University of Denver is a “private university dedicated to the public good.” As such, we call upon the University of Denver to divest the University’s portfolio of all investments in the 200 publicly traded fossil fuel companies with the largest carbon reserves (1).

We applaud the University of Denver for its successful and cost-effective efforts to reduce its carbon footprint and for its acceptance, in the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (2), of “the scientific consensus that global warming is real and is largely being caused by humans.” We further support the University’s recognition of “the need to reduce the global emission of greenhouse gases by 80% by mid-century at the latest, in order to avert the worst impacts of global warming,” and its understanding that exerting “leadership in addressing climate change will stabilize and reduce their long-term energy costs, attract excellent students and faculty, attract new sources of funding, and increase the support of alumni and local communities.”

We understand that fossil fuel divestment is an international movement on university and college campuses to inspire action on behalf of these educational institutions to move away from investment in fossil fuel companies whose activities threaten climate stability. We understand 58 colleges have already fully or partially divested from fossil fuels, acting as positive examples for the University of Denver while leaving space for us to be among the leaders in a social movement (3).

We further understand that the moral imperative to divest from fossil fuels must be balanced against the well-being of the members of the University of Denver community supported by student scholarships and faculty and staff compensation. However, there is mounting evidence that divestment can be achieved without financial cost. Indeed, after the December 2015 COP21 Paris Agreement, there is a strong argument that divestment from fossil fuels is the only wise long-term investment strategy.

Accordingly we call on the University of Denver Board of Trustees to initiate an open process to:

1. Immediately freeze new investments in the 200 fossil fuel companies with the largest carbon reserves,

2. Develop a plan to divest all current holdings in these companies within five years,

3. Reinvest in climate solutions.

On behalf of the public good, it is time for the University of Denver to act.



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Armond Towns Assistant Professor Communication Studies
Elizabeth Catchings Assistant Teaching Professor University Writing Program
Erika Trigoso Rubio Teaching Assistant Professor Geography and the Environment
Rachel Walsh Associate Professor of Italian Languages & Literatures
Megan Kelly Teaching Assistant Professor Writing Program
Lauren Picard Teaching Assistant Professor Writing Program
Tom Quinn Professor Biological Sciences
Jennifer Campbell Teaching Associate Professor Writing Program
Heather Martin Teaching Associate Professor Writing Program
David Daniels Teaching Associate Professor Writing Program
Don Mayer Professor of the Practice of Business Ethics and Legal Studies Business Ethics and Legal Studies
William Cross, Jr. Clinical Professor HED & Counseling
Matthew Hill Teaching Associate Professor Writing
William Philpott Associate Professor History
Darrin Hicks Professor Communication Studies
Hilary Smith Assistant Professor History
Benjamin Nourse Visiting Assistant Professor Religious Studies
Dian Squire Postdoctoral Fellow IRISE
Thomas Nail Associate Professor Philosophy
Aaron Paige Visiting Assistant Teaching Professor Lamont School of Music
Richard Reading Scholar-in-Residence Social Work
Rebecca Galemba JKSIS
Paula Cole Teaching Assistant Professor Economics
Hallie Jaeger MA Candidate International Development The Center for Sustainability
Maria M. Calbi Associate Professor Physics & Astronomy
April Chapman-Ludwig Teaching Assistant Professor Writing Program
Miriam Bornstein Gómez Associate Professor Languages and Literatures
Dale Rothman Associate Professor Josef Korbel School of International Studies
Andrea Gelfuso Adjunct Geography and the Environment
Ann Petrila Assistant Dean for Field Education GSSW
Sarah Bexell Research Associate Professor Graduate School of Social Work
Romero, II Tom Associate Professor of Law Sturm College of Law
Paul Sutton Professor Geography & The Environment
Sarah Morelli Associate Professor Lamont School of Music
Nancy Wadsworth Associate Professor Political Science
Lisa Conant Associate Professor Political Science
Jennifer L. Hoffman Associate Professor Physics & Astronomy
Rodney Buxton Associate Professor Media, Film and Journalism Studies
Angela Buck PhD Student English
Malcolm Baker Professor Music
Nadia Kaneva Associate Professor Media, Film & Journalism Studies
Alejandro Ceron Assistant Professor Anthropology
Lisa Bardwell adjunct faculty Pioneer Leadership Program
Lindsey Feitz Assistant Teaching Professor Gender and Women's Studies
Oscar Somoza Professor Languges and Literatures
Katie Dingeman-Cerda Visiting Assistant Professor Sociology and Criminology
Misty Saribal Graduate Student Communication