College of the Atlantic Divests of Fossil Fuels (Working Waterfront)

“Divestment came rapidly at College of the Atlantic, just a couple of weeks after second-year student Lucas Burdick first organized a petition asking the administration to consider the action.”

The small school on Mount Desert Island, long known for its green focus, seemingly has become the first college or university in the country to end its investment in fossil fuel due to climate change concerns. Earlier this year, Maine’s Unity College in western Waldo County became the first U.S. college or university to begin the process of divestment.

Divestment came rapidly at College of the Atlantic, just a couple of weeks after second-year student Lucas Burdick first organized a petition asking the administration to consider the action. Within a week of beginning the petition drive, Burdick had three-quarters of the college signed onto the effort.

In the past year…

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