From November 13 to November 20, 2014, the Green Amherst Project hosted a Week of Action to engage the Amherst community in a discussion about climate change, divestment from the coal industry, and sustainaiblity issues. Throughout the week, 532 students signed a petition stating that they support divestment from the coal industry, and asking the Amherst College Board of Trustees if they will support the students' desire and divest.
The South African apartheid in the latter half of the twentieth century inspired many American colleges and universities to divest from South Africa. In 1977, Hampshire College became the first US school to divest, inspiring a total of 155 schools--including Amherst--to divest by 1988. Amherst partially divested from South Africa from 1978 to 1986.
To see a list of the colleges that divested from South Africa, click here.
In 2006, in response to the overwhelming evidence that the Sudanese government was committing a genocide against people in the Darfur region, the Amherst College Board of Trustees voted to "divest any direct holdings, and refrain from future direct investment, in nearly two dozen multinational companies whose business activities have been identified as supporting the Sudanese government." The Board felt that giving money to groups that financially supported the government of Sudan was contributing to the atrocities and therefore should not continue.
Amherst College Board Votes Against Investments in Sudan
February 1, 2006 Director of Media Relations 413/542-8417 AMHERST, Mass.—The Amherst College Board of Trustees voted in January to divest any direct holdings, and refrain from future direct investment, in nearly two dozen multinational companies whose business activities have been identified as supporting the Sudanese government.