Town and City Divestment

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14 towns and cities in Massachusetts have passed pro-divestment resolutions -- more than in any other state! 

Provincetown, MA  – April 1, 2013 The Provincetown Town Meeting passed a resolution urging state officials to divest the Massachusetts pension fund from fossil fuels. A copy of the resolution can be found here.

Truro, MA -- April 30, 2013 The Truro Board of Selectmen unanimously passed a resolution urging state officials to divest the Massachusetts pension fund from fossil fuels. A copy of the resolution can be found here.

Cambridge, MA  – June 24, 2013  The Cambridge City Council voted unanimously to recommend that the Cambridge Retirement Board of Trustees review the city’s investment portfolio to consider divestment from fossil fuel companies. The resolution was non-binding. A copy of the resolution can be found here. For more information, contact Susan Redlich, sredlich2010@hotmail.com.

Northampton, MA – September 5, 2013 City Council voted unanimously to recommend that the City’s Retirement Board and Treasurer take three actions: First, take an assessment of Northampton’s investments in fossil fuels; second, sell any direct holdings within 5 years and not buy any more; and third, notify the managers of commingled funds that Northampton asks for divestment. The resolution was non-binding. A copy of the resolution can be found here. For more information, contact Adele Franks, adele.franks@gmail.com.

Amherst, MA – November, 2013 Town Meeting voted to divest in November, 2013. The Amherst Town Meeting approved an article calling for divestment from fossil fuels, and urged the Hampshire County Retirement Board to divest as well. The article is non- binding. A copy of the resolution can be found here. For more information, contact Alice Swift, alice.c.swift@gmail.com.

Concord, MA - May 4th, 2014  The Concord Town Meeting approved article 40, which urges the Town Treasurer to take three actions. First, take an assessment of Concord’s investments in fossil fuels; second, sell any direct holdings within 5 years and not buy any more; and third, notify the managers of commingled funds that Concord asks for divestment. The article is non-binding. A copy of the article is available here. For more information, contact Janet Lawson, Janet.k.lawson@gmail.com.

Sudbury, MA -  May 5th, 2014 The Sudbury Town meeting approved article 44, which contains a resolution calling on state officials to divest state funds from fossil fuels. The Sudbury article passed with a comfortable margin in a voice vote. An estimated 70% voted in favor and an estimated 30% opposed or abstaining. A copy of the resolution is here. For more information, contact Bob Morrison, bob_morrison@verizon.net.

Framingham, MA - May 15th, 2014 The Framingham Town Meeting voted in favor of a resolution urging the town to divest from fossil fuels. The resolution is non-binding. The vote in Framingham is especially significant because Framingham is the most populous municipality in the nation with a town-meeting form of government. More info is here. For more information, contact Ken Weiss, shorttermproject@gmail.com.

Brookline, MA - April 28, 2014 City Council voted in favor of a resolution in support of Senate Bill 1225, the state divestment bill. More information here. For more information, contact Frank Farlow, frank.farlow@verizon.net.

Somerville, MA --June 25, 2014 Board of Alderman unanimously approved a pro-divestment resolution. For more information, check out the website of Fossil Free Somerville. A copy of the resolution is here. For more information, contact Shoshana Blank, shoshanablank@gmail.com.

Boston, MA - November 19, 2014 Boston City Council approved a resolution calling on the state government to divest from fossil fuels. A copy of the resolution is available here. For more information, contact Sophie Hadingham of BSAC, sophie@youthonboard.org.

Great Barrington, MA - March 13, 2015 Great Barrington Select Board approved a resolution in support of divestment in March 2014. The town meeting then voted in favor of the resolution on May 4, 2015. A copy of the resolution is here. For more information, contact Gary Stoller, stollergary@gmail.com. 

Lexington, MA - April 13, 2015 The Lexington Town Meeting voted 95-44 to approve a resolution calling for state divestment. The effort to pass a resolution was led by Fran Ludwig, Bill McKibben's 8th grade science teacher! A copy of the resolution is here. For more information, contact Fran Ludwig, fludwig12@yahoo.com. 

Lowell, MA - September 8, 2015 The Lowell City Council voted 8-1 to approve a resolution calling for state divestment. More details here. For more information, contact Jay Mason, jayrmason@comcast.net, or any other members of the Lowell node. 

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  • Want help divesting a town or city in Massachusetts? We can connect you to fellow activists in your area and provide advice, training and resources. You can get started by emailing Emily Kirkland, emily@betterfutureproject.org. 

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