The Hinckley Institute Radio Hour (Air date: May 13, 2015) – The idea of divestment as a tool to pressure fossil fuel companies to clean up their act is getting more attention. Currently administrators, faculty and students at the University of Utah are considering how a financial divestment from fossil fuel-related companies could help the university’s sustainability efforts and mission. A growing number of colleges and universities, cities, counties, and religious institutions are choosing to divest their long-held stocks, bonds, and investment funds in fossil fuel companies.
On this program a panel of speakers discuss the idea of divestment and what it would involve. The discussion was recorded on April 13th, with an audience of students and faculty, in the Hinckley Institute caucus room.
The moderator is Erika George, Co-Director Center for Global Justice, at the College Of Law at the University of Utah; David Chapman is Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Geology & Geophysics and Dean Emeritus of the Graduate School of the University of Utah; Garvin Jabusch is Co-founder of Green Alpha Advisors, an asset management firm that advises clients on green investing to help with economic and technological transition to a sustainable economy; Karl Lins is the Spencer Fox Eccles Chair in Banking, and Professor of Finance at the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah; and Professor Sarah Jack Hinners is Acting Director of the Ecological Planning Center in the Dept. of City and Metropolitan Planning.