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U of T invites input on call for fossil fuel divestment

June 15, 2015

Deadline extended to invite further submissions

Toronto, ON – The University of Toronto is inviting members of its community to make submissions to an advisory committee studying a recent call for divestment from fossil fuel companies. The request for submissions is the latest step in the work of the committee examining the divestment issue.  The committee may also reflect more generally on the university’s most appropriate and effective responses to the challenges posed by climate change.

U of T President Meric Gertler encouraged all interested parties to make their views known and added that great care was taken in choosing the advisory committee. “The members bring significant academic and research expertise to the committee,” said Gertler.  “Their work is guided by the same rigour and commitment to academic freedom that the members employ in all of their teaching and research.”

A full list of the committee membership, which was approved by the Executive Committee of the university’s Governing Council, is available online.  Once the committee makes its recommendation, which is expected late this year, it is up to the President to make the final decision on divestment.

The committee was formed under the terms of the university’s Policy on Social and Political Issues with Respect to University Divestment.  Since its creation the committee has met with a variety of groups with an interest in the issue and has been gathering research related to the divestment call, which came in the form of a brief prepared by Toronto350, a student group at the university.

“I want to thank everyone who has participated in the debate so far as well as those who respond to this call for submissions,” said Gertler.  “This is a great example of the university community coming together to debate an important issue.”

The original deadline for submissions is September 30, 2015; however, the President and the Advisory Committee have indicated that submissions will continue to be accepted until October 14.

Those wishing to make submissions can send them via email to or via regular mail to:

Professor Bryan Karney, Chair
Presidential Advisory Committee on Divestment from Fossil Fuels
Office of the President
Simcoe Hall, Room 206
University of Toronto
Toronto, ON M5S 1A1

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For more information, contact:

Media Relations
University of Toronto
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