Pitzer College Charts a Different Course on Fossil-Fuel Divestment

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David Zentz, for The Chronicle

Jess Grady-Benson, a senior, led the divestment effort, supported by Donald Gould, a trustee.

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David Zentz, for The Chronicle

Jess Grady-Benson, a senior, led the divestment effort, supported by Donald Gould, a trustee.

A student group’s request that Pitzer College rid its endowment of investments in fossil-fuel producers prompted more than a year of debate, research, and soul-searching at the California liberal-arts college. But this month, Pitzer’s once-wary Board of Trustees approved a plan so broad that it surprised even members of the working group the college had assembled to hammer out recommendations.

Instead of refusing to divest—like Bowdoin, Middlebury, and Pomona