Harvard University pledges to divest from fossil fuels

September 13, 2021 by  
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Harvard University president Lawrence Bacow has announced that the institution will divest from its fossil fuel holdings. The announcement came Tuesday, stating that the institution has already been cutting its investments in fossil fuels. Currently, Harvard University’s investment arm, Harvard Management Company, oversees the institution’s endowment of about $42 billion. The company has been steadily divesting its interests from fossil fuel entities. Today, the university has no direct investment in companies exploring further reserves of fossil fuels, according to Bacow. Related: Harvard’s new Science and Engineering Complex is an example of ‘healthy’ design Harvard’s final fossil fuel -related investments come from legacy investments in several private equity funds. Bacow says these indirect investments constitute less than 2% of the university’s total endowment. While the indirect investments will not end immediately, Bacow claims they are in “runoff mode” and will end when the partnerships are liquidated. The decision comes after many years of intense lobbying and protests . Fossil Fuel Divest Harvard, a campaign started by students at the university over a decade ago, declared the recent news a victory. “It took conversations and protests, meetings with administration, faculty/alumni votes, mass sit-ins and arrests, historic legal strategies, and storming football fields. But today, we can see proof that activism works, plain and simple,” Fossil Fuel Divest Harvard wrote in a statement. Former Vice President and Nobel laureate Al Gore also welcomed the news via Twitter . “Let this be a strong signal to other institutions that the era of fossil fuels is coming to a close,” Gore tweeted. Harvard has committed to achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 across its investment portfolio. The university has pledged to continue supporting its investment arm and aligning it with decarbonization goals. “Given the need to decarbonize the economy and our responsibility as fiduciaries to make long-term investment decisions that support our teaching and research mission, we do not believe such investments are prudent,” Bacow wrote. Via The Guardian Lead image via Pixabay

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This lake house shows how nature inspires seamless design

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Organic Shelter sits in the middle of a forest, with a lake transitioning smoothly away from it. Nature is all around, creating stunning views for everyone inside. This beautiful modern home is the latest project from Studio Organic’s Aga Kobus and Grzegorz Goworek. Kobus and Goworek decided to make the lake and the landscape part of the home design itself. Nature surrounds the house, unspoiled, wild and pure. The house is not an intruder into this natural world; it’s made to be a part of it. Related: This house by the lake erases the barrier between inside and outside The house is made from natural materials such as stone and wood. Polish limestone gives the home its distinct look, alongside burned larch wood that creates black planks. These elements combine for a simple, elegant and modern design with clean lines. Inside, the minimalist style continues. Japanese design influenced the flow of the interior spaces. Glass surfaces allow plenty of natural light, and the rooms have light colors to keep the spaces feeling airy and open. The walls and floor are oak, with matching oak boards on the ceiling. Upholstery and fabrics in the space are made of natural linen and cotton. Lamps woven with wooden strips hang over the table. Soft edges and simple lines define the space. Organic Shelter’s minimalist, beautiful design takes nothing away from the amazing natural views outside. The living area is full of curving sofas that look out over the lake and the trees . This creates a continuous effect, bringing the home and lake into a seamless flow. As Studio Organic explained in a press release, “The house flows smoothly into the surface of the lake, surrounded by a forest , with the southern exposition. It sounds like a dream of every nature lover. This is what the latest project of the Studio Organic looks like.” + Studio Organic Images via Studio Organic

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Nebraska Football Punts TransCanada Out Of Its Stadium

September 16, 2011 by  
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photo via tarsandsaction Please put aside your college football loyalties for one minute and give the University of Nebraska its due for standing up to TransCanada, the corporation that is trying to build the 1,700-mile long Keystone XL pipeline that would carry tar sands oil from Alberta to the Gulf Coast. Today the university’s athletic department announced that it is has ended its sponsorship agreement with TransCanada after several people justifiably complained about the pipeline corporation’s advertising in the stadium. … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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University of Leicester Unveils Green ALICE Supercomputer

August 31, 2010 by  
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The University of Leicester has just spent £2.2 million ($3.3 million) upgrading its computer system with a hi-tech, environmentally-friendly super ‘green’ computer.

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‘Climategate’ University of East Anglia "Breached Data Laws"

January 28, 2010 by  
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Photo via Catch the Fire Here comes another headache–perhaps the biggest one yet–for the defenders of the vast scientific consensus view that climate change is caused by man. We’re all well aware of the so-called ‘Climategate’ saga , which finally seemed to have been fading away.

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Securities & Exchange Commission Issues Climate Guidance – Setting Stage For "Summer of Carbon"

January 28, 2010 by  
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