Phasing out coal on Michigan State’s campus and converting to clean energy is not only possible but other universities around the country are already on their way to doing so.
The American College and Universities President’s Climate Commitment is an organization of over 600 colleges and universities that are committed to reducing their greenhouse gas emissions. This commitment requires that the universities develop an institutional action plan for becoming climate neutral within two years and then execute those plans.
Ball State University in Indiana currently uses coal plants to power their campus, which produces 85,000 tons of carbon dioxide annually. But on May 11, 2010 Ball State will begin construction on a campus wide geothermal heating and cooling system that will cut down on the CO2 emissions by 50 percent that can be built within five years.
To find out more information about The American College and Universities President’s Climate Commitment, and to find out the colleges that are involved, check out their website at http://www.presidentsclimatecommitment.org/