Fall 2016, we are working to expand MEAC, gather student support through our petition, and ultimately meet with the Board of Curators in an effort to change the UM System's investment policy.
In Spring 2016, we shifted to a new three prong approach to climate action: Education, Communication, and Initiative. After obtaining the endowment records from the UM System Treasurer, we discovered that approximately 14 million dollars, 10% of our endowment, is invested in fossil fuels and related industry.
In 2015, we continued to push for divestment. Through collaboration with other local green groups, we marched, petitioned, and even floated down the Missouri river in an effort to raise awareness about climate change.
In 2014, a call for divestment is spread at MU. MEAC met with the UM Office of the Treasury and MSA to work to get a resolution passed through the student government.
In 2013, we adopted the new name Mizzou Energy Action Coalition and helped develop a plan to divest the University of Missouri's endowment fund from fossil fuels. We called it ReInvest Mizzou.
In 2012, we were granted a meeting with the UM System President Tim Wolfe and the Chancellor of MU Brady Deaton to discuss the energy future of Mizzou. The final product was the MU Energy Student Strategy Advisor Group: a collaboration of students, professors and energy professionals working to create a progressive energy future for the University of Missouri.
In 2011, the same group, with a few new faces, took their fight to the Board of Curators quarterly meeting in the fall. Fifty students and community members donning bright yellow 'Beyond Coal' shirts stood silently in the back during the public session. Difficult to ignore, the Chairman of the Board insisted on knowing our requests - so we told them: no more coal burning on campus.
In 2009, a small group of dedicated University of Missouri students joined forces to combat the use of coal as a fuel source to power the school. They called themselves Coal Free Mizzou.
We are MEAC.
The Mizzou Energy Action Coalition is a student directed organization that is dedicated to hastening the world's transition to 100% clean energy.
We know that this transition must be quickened so that it is congruent with the most accurate climate science. To us, climate change is our generation’s paramount issue, and it is our responsibility to do everything in our power to mitigate it. We will make our best effort to insure a safe, equitable future for life on Earth.
In all that we do, we will stay true to these guiding principles: