Photo: Overpass Light Brigade

Photo: Overpass Light Brigade

 

The Dane County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to pass their divestment resolution on June 6, 2013, becoming the first county in the US (that we know of) to do so. See the 350 Madison press release here and the text of the resolution here. We received nice local media coverage from NBC affiliate WMTV.

In April 2013, Madison’s Mayor Paul Soglin joined nine other mayors around the country in “urging their cities to divest from the top 200 fossil fuel companies because of the industry’s responsibility for the climate crisis.” See their press release here and a news story here. Kudos to Mayor Soglin for placing the City of Madison out front as a leader on divestment! The Madison City Council voted in support of institutional divestment on July 2, 2013. See the 350 Madison press release here and the text of the resolution here.

Divestment is a key focus of the Mayors Innovation Project. See the project’s rationale for a city divestment strategy, a list of cities that have divested, and sample divestment resolutions here.

The 350 Madison Divestment Team has started divestment campaigns targeting other investors in our community. Sign the petition to divest Wisconsin public employee retirement funds, whose target is the State of Wisconsin Investment Board (SWIB), the 30th largest institutional investor in the world with more than $80 billion in assets.

Start a New Divestment Campaign!

Interested in starting a divestment campaign in your city or state? Find out more here. And if you do start a new campaign, please send us an email to let us know about it.

Tar Sands Campaign

The Tar Sands Campaign is fighting Enbridge tar sands pipelines in Wisconsin. Our aims are to block expansion of Line 61 and to halt plans for an adjacent Line 66. We support efforts led by those most impacted, including tribes, landowners, and affected community members.

Divestment Campaign

2016 was the hottest year on record. The Divestment Team focuses on convincing institutions that investments in fossil fuel are not only ethically and fiscally irresponsible, but are literally wrecking the planet we call home—all for profit. Banks are our current focus since without their support, dirty pipeline projects can't get funded.

Community Energy Campaign

The Community Energy Team is focused on taking action on and responsibility for our own fossil fuel use. We work to create and change policies that impact our energy use and nurture a culture of reducing energy use and using clean, renewable energy to reduce our carbon footprint.