Divestment at SU: A Case Study

SeattleU was the first Jesuit university in the world to commit to full fossil fuel divestment. How did we get there?

In 2018, Seattle University's (SU) Board of trustees voted to divest from fossil fuels with goals to, "by June 30, 2023, fully divest the marketable portion of the endowment from any investments in companies owning fossil fuel reserves,” and “to achieve a 50 percent reduction by December 31, 2020.” In March 2020, the 50% reduction was reached, nine months ahead of schedule. In June 30, 2023, SU fully divested from fossil fuels.

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The purpose of this Divestment Case Study is to share SU's experience with divesture, inspire others, and educate on the importance of fossil fuel divestment.

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What is Divestment, ESG and SRI?

Divestment is simply is the opposite of an investment. It is the process of getting rid of stocks, bonds, or investment funds which can serve financial, ethical, or political objectives.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) criteria are the three key factors used to judge the sustainability and ethics of an investment.

Socially responsible investing (SRI) describes investments that promote positive social or environmental change. This can include investments in companies that are free from fossil fuel usage, give their employees living wages, etc. 

SU's Divestment Timeline

For a detailed timeline depicting all divestment events at SU, see Detailed Divestment Timeline

Conversation with SU Finance Team: The Financial Impacts & Future of Divestment at SU

Other US Universities That Have Committed to Full Fossil Fuel Divestment

The list below reflects some universities that have committed to fossil fuel divestment. For a full list of universities worldwide, click here

Association of Jesuit Colleges & Universities:

Neighboring Universities in the Pacific Northwest:

Other Notable Universities: