Panel to Provide Information and Solicit Opinions on College's Approach to Fossil Fuels

Media contact: Noelle Lemoine, communications assistant; tele: (413) 597-4277; email: Noelle.Lemoine@williams.edu

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., September 24, 2013—Williams College will present a panel discussion to provide information and solicit ideas on the college’s practices regarding fossil fuels, as both consumer and investor. The panel will take place at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 2, in Thompson Biology, room 112. The event is free and open to the public.

As concern regarding climate change has continued to grow, the Williams community has become increasingly interested in its practices regarding fossil fuels. The Advisory Committee on Shareholder Responsibility and the Campus Environmental Advisory Committee have organized the panel discussion in response to this interest. Some have suggested that the college sell existing stock and not purchase further stock in firms that produce or trade fossil fuels, particularly coal. On the other hand, the college has made significant efforts to reduce its own consumption of fossil fuels, which requires investments of a different kind. The panel will discuss the merits of various policy options.

The panelists are Tara Miller ’15; Todd Holland, energy conservation project manager for the Zilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives; and Ashok Rai, associate professor of economics. Anand Swamy, professor of economics, will moderate the discussion.

The event is sponsored by the Department of Economics and the Zilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives.

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