College Fossil Fuel Divestment Negotiation Training


fossilfreeEco-Justice Working Group of the

Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends

invites you to:

College Fossil Fuel Divestment Negotiation Training

September 6 & 7, 2013
Friday 5:00 pm to 9 pm (registration begins at 5:00 pm, light refreshments at 5:30 pm)
Saturday 9:30 am to 6 pm


College students and administrators in the Greater Philadelphia/Mid-Atlantic region participating in the

divestment campaign initiated by


The Eco-Justice Working Group is drawing upon a legacy of Quaker peacemaking to build the capacity of the emerging student-led fossil fuel divestment campaign.


Friends Center, 1501 Cherry St, Philadelphia, PA 19102

September 6 & 7, 2013
Friday, September 6,
5  pm to 9  pm
(Registration begins at 5:00 pm)
Saturday, September 7
9:30 am to 6 pm

Registration fee: $25.00

The costs of this workshop are underwritten by donations in order to keep the registration cost accessible to all participants. Additional scholarships available on the basis of need.


studentdivestmentThe training is an interactive two day program that combines hands-on learning with cutting edge negotiation theory:

First day focuses on teaching and practicing basic negotiation skills.

Second day the participants will grapple with advanced negotiation topics relevant to student/university negotiation.

The training ends with group work and coaching on how to prepare for real world negotiations.

For more info contact: Joyce David, 215-241-7230,


Event Background

The central problem facing all of us is the need to curb fossil fuel extraction and use in order to prevent further climate disequilibrium and damage to life support systems and to consider how to transition to an equitable and sustainable use of the remaining natural resources. The root cause of this problem centers around corporate and governmental resistance to putting the well being of the human and natural community above the short term benefits which accrue to those who control fossil fuel based energy. has built a global grassroots movement to address the climate crisis. They are arguing that universities should not be invested in corporations which are involved with the extraction, production, or distribution of fossil fuels which threaten our communities, environment and future by increasing global temperatures. The strategy they have adopted is to ask universities to divest their endowment holdings from fossil fuel companies and reinvest in environmentally and socially responsible funds.

Our goals for the event

We seek to move stakeholders towards a collaborative attitude, which focuses on working together to reach shared goals. The training is designed to foster collaboration between students and administration even in tackling the problem of figuring out how best to meet their differing and even opposing needs. We expect the following results:

  • Negotiation and communication skill improvement for all stakeholders
  • Introduction of a negotiation framework that allows stakeholders to systematically analyze, prepare for, and execute negotiations
  • Strategic planning and insight for all stakeholders to move forward in dialogue
  • Creating space in a university setting for constructive communications
  • Cross group pollination (activists, students and alumni)
  • Start conversation about divestment with administrations who have not yet been engaged (or further conversation with those already engaged).

    Trust and relationship built between administration and student activists
    More effective and efficient negotiations
    Increased collaboration and discovery of joint gains
    Raised awareness about climate change and the fossil fuel divestment campaign


For more information:

About the college divestment movement

About the trainers

About Quaker involvement in climate change