Sustainability: Is It Worth Investing In?

Mr. Bill McKibben, founder of; Dr. Keith Brown, UT Austin Distinguished Teaching Professor in Finance; and Dr. Laura Starks, UT Austin’s Charles E. and Sarah M. Seay Regents Chair in Finance, talk about responsible, values-driven investment and business practices. The discussion focuses on the recent movement aimed at higher education to divest endowment funds from fossil fuels.

This event fulfills the spring 2014 Signature Course University Lecture Series requirement. Doors open at 4:30 for refreshments. Panel begins at 5 p.m.

On one side of the issue, environmentalists argue that a transition away from fossil fuels is the key to a sustainable future; on the other side, investors and scholars argue that divestment from fossil fuels is an impractical and ineffective (even immoral) means of accomplishing social and environmental change. We argue, regardless, that it’s the role of colleges and universities to encourage critical thinking on the topic. 

STAY FOR A BONUS EVENT:Live-stream Viewing Party at 7 PM
President Clinton's Civil Rights Summit Address In KLRU Studio 6A

This year’s University Lecture Series on Sustainability is co-sponsored by the School of Undergraduate Studies, the Difficult Dialogues program of the Humanities Institute through the Sterling Clark Holloway Centennial Lectureship, and the City of Austin’s Office of Sustainability.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at 4:30pm to 8:30pm

Jesse H. Jones Communication Center - Building B (CMB), Studio 6A
2504B WHITIS AVE , Austin, Texas 78705

Event Type

Academics, Campus & Community, Policy & Law, Science & Tech


All Departments

Target Audience

Students, Staff, Faculty, General Public




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