Faust Says She Will Work with Faculty, Not Divest Group, To Discuss Climate Change

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On Tuesday, Faust told Faculty members that she is “more than willing to hear the views of everyone in our community about how Harvard can most effectively contribute to a sustainable future.” She noted that she has previously met with divestment proponents on at least seven occasions.

In their Monday letter, however, faculty members wrote that the Harvard Corporation—of which Faust is ex officio chair—has “to date stood behind closed doors and issued statements, often in a dismissive tone” with regard to divestment.

Harvard’s debate over divestment has attracted increased attention this week in the wake of Stanford University’s announcement that it will divest from coal companies.

—Staff writers Matthew Q. Clarida and Amna H. Hashmi contributed to the reporting of this article.

—Staff writer Steven R. Watros can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @SteveWatros.

This article has been revised to reflect the following correction:

CORRECTION: May 9, 2014

An earlier version of this article and its headline incorrectly stated the subject of the conversation with faculty proposed by University President Drew G. Faust. In fact, Faust said she will work with Faculty members to develop a "thoughtful exchange" on climate change, not divestment, next fall.


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