Stanford's Coal Divestment: Environmental or Financial? by KQED published on 2014/05/08 00:50:26 +0000 Stanford University will no longer invest in coal-mining companies as part of its $18 billion endowment. That makes it the most prominent of the dozen or so universities to divest under pressure from student groups worried about climate change. The university's board of trustees mentioned coal's "carbon-intensive method of energy generation" in announcing its decision on Tuesday, and said the college followed internal guidelines that let it consider whether company practices create "substantial social injury." KQED's Mina Kim talks with David Meyer, professor of sociology at UC Irvine.