Sessions are being livestreamed, and you can watch completed sessions on our YouTube Fossil Fuels and Climate Impact playlist. Events are posted within a few days.

Managing Grinnell’s Endowment, Trustee Stewardship, and Investment Decisions

Monday, September 18

5:30–6:30 p.m. Buffet dinner, opportunity to talk with Task Force members
Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center, Room 101

6:30–8:15 p.m. Task Force member introductions, role of the Task Force (recorded session)

6:30–8:15 p.m. The Board of Trustees' fiduciary responsibility (recorded session)
Rosenfield Center, Room 101

Tuesday, September 19

4–6 p.m. How the College manages its endowment (recorded session)
Rosenfield Center, Room 101

7:30–9:30 p.m. The role of the endowment in the College's annual budget (recorded session)
Rosenfield Center, Room 101

Arguments in Support and in Opposition to Fossil Fuel Divestment

Developing insights on the pluses and minuses of fossil fuel divestment and other actions investors can take to positively impact climate

What steps should Grinnell take to impact climate change? Join the conversation.

Tuesday, October 3

4–6 p.m. What are energy companies’ visions for renewable energy? (recorded session)
A presentation by Cathy Woollums, senior vice president, environmental and chief environmental counsel, Berkshire Hathaway Energy
Harris Center Cinema

7:30–8:15 p.m. What’s happening in the energy world? (recorded session)
A presentation by Jeff Hanson, director of environmental services, Alliant Energy
Harris Center Cinema

8:30–9:30 p.m. How will Iowa’s renewable energy legislation affect Mid-American Energy’s and Alliant Energy’s renewable energy plans? (recorded session)
A discussion with Cathy Woollums and Jeff Hanson
Harris Center Cinema

Wednesday, October 4

4–6 p.m. How does socially responsible investing impact climate change?
A presentation via Skype by Amy O’Brien, managing director, head of responsible investment, TIAA
Rosenfield Center, Room 101

7:30–9:30 p.m. Resolved: Should Grinnell divest its fossil fuel stocks? (recorded sessions)
A student debate moderated by Mark Baechtal, the Debate Union's faculty advisor
Case Statement: "This house believes that Grinnell College should divest itself of all its investments in fossil fuel industries."
Government participants: Thompson Teasdale ’20 and Manan Pradhan ’20
Opposition participants: Joel Katticaran ’18 and Sriyash Kadiyala ’21
Rosenfield Center, Room 101

Curricular Support and Reducing the College’s Carbon Footprint

Divestment decisions by other colleges, reducing the College's carbon footprint, providing more curricular support, and exploring sustainability efforts

Monday, November 6

Noon–1 p.m. Building partnerships to create social change
Matt Remle, Mazaska Talks (videoconference)
Rosenfield Center, Room 101

5:30–6:45 p.m. Transitioning to Renewable Energy — Practical Challenges
Rick Lancaster ’76, vice president for power generation, Great River Energy
Rosenfield Center, Room 101

7:30-9:30 p.m. Pitzer’s process leading to divestment.
Laura Trombley, former president, Pitzer College
Rosenfield Center, Room 101

Tuesday, November 7

11 a.m.–1 p.m., Grinnell Sustainability Plan
Chris Bair ’96, environmental and safety manager, and Liz Queathem, senior lecturer in biology
Harris Cinema

4–6 p.m. How Grinnell College can enhance sustainability in its investments
Georges Dyer, principal, Intentional Endowments Network, and Kirsten Spaulding, director, Ceres (videoconference)
Harris Cinema

7:30–9:30 p.m. Student panel on personal, interpersonal, communal, and societal climate impact
Moderated by Megan Goering ’08, CEO/founder at Action Labs Global
Panelists are Lana Katai ’21, Clare Magalaner ’18, Raghav Daryanani ’20, Morgane Garnier ’19, and Helena Kleiner ’18
Harris Cinema