University Action in the Face of Climate Change: The Case of UW Fossil Fuel Divestment

February 26, 2021 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

UW Madison faculty will vote in March about whether to encourage the university’s private foundation to divest from fossil fuel companies. On Friday, Professor Steph Tai from the UW Law School will discuss how other universities in the US have acted in the face of climate change, what this specific resolution entails, and how faculty have responded to some of the criticisms of the effort.

Steph Tai is a professor of law at the University of Wisconsin, working on the intersections between environmental, food, and health sciences and administrative law. Prior to teaching at Wisconsin, they worked as editor-in-chief of the International Review for Environmental Strategies, and an appellate attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice. Steph also actively represents amici in federal circuit court and Supreme Court cases, including Massachusetts v. EPA—the first climate change case brought before the U.S. Supreme Court—and County of Maui v. Hawaii Wildlife Fund.

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