EPA Issues Final Standard that will Protect Michigan State Students from Toxic Air Pollution

Sierra Student Coalition
MSU Beyond Coal Campaign

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Contact: msubeyondcoal@gmail.com

EPA Issues Final Standard that will Protect Michigan State Students from Toxic Air Pollution
Students Exposed to Pollution from Boilers at TB Simon Power Plant

Washington, D.C. – Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a modest air quality standard to protect Americans from life-threatening air pollution from industrial boilers, which emit toxic pollutants such as mercury, acid gases and arsenic. College students around the country, including students at Michigan State University, are affected by toxic air pollution from on-campus boilers.  This particular EPA safeguard is often called the “Boiler MACT (Maximum Available Control Technology).”

In response, MSU Sierra Student Coalition Representative, Michaela Howard issued the following statement:

“This long overdue and relatively modest air quality update by Administrator Lisa Jackson and the EPA will save lives, prevent disease and help college students avoid costly hospitalizations and missed schooldays.

The air toxics safeguard announced today will protect Americans from breathing some of the most dangerous and toxic pollutants known to us – arsenic, acid gases, lead and mercury. Even in small amounts, these life-threatening air pollutants are linked to cancer, birth defects, brain damage, respiratory disease and even early death.

Without this critical update, millions of tons of air toxics will continue to be released into our air each year.

Corporate polluters are making us sick.  To protect our health and our future, the EPA should forge ahead on this safeguard and stand their ground against polluters who continue to fight pollution protections for the sake of their profits.

We hope that this new rule will help push Michigan State University further in the right direction, cleaning up the air we breathe and encouraging the rest of the country to move towards a clean energy future.”


For more information, visit www.sierraclub.org/stoppolluters.


March 1st, On Coal River movie screening with MSU Beyond Coal, MSSC, and Greenpeace

Come join MSU Beyond Coal and Greenpeace for a screening of On Coal River!

On Coal River is a documentary that deals with the serious and negative impacts of coal mining, specifically mountaintop removal mining, in the Coal River Valley of West Virginia. It follows the story of four individuals whose families, friends, and neighbors have all suffered greatly from the coal mining operations in the area.

Who: MSU Beyond Coal, MSSC, and MSU Greenpeace

What: On Coal River movie screening followed by Q&A with the producers!

When: Tuesday March 1st, 6:30-9:30 pm

Where: Room 228, Erikson Hall.

This movie screening, which presents the problem of coal, will be followed by a Clean Energy Forum on March 31st that will focus on the solutions here at MSU!

So come on out, bring your friends, and get inspired to make the change to clean energy!
RSVP on our Facebook event page!

Come to Our Spring Kick Off Meeting!

Next Tuesday, join the Sierra Student Coalition for the MSU Beyond Coal Spring Kick Off Meeting!

Coal is dirty, dangerous, and outdated.  As a leading academic and research institution, we have a responsibility to be leaders in the transition to a clean energy future by moving Beyond Coal here at MSU.

TUESDAY, January 25th at 7:00pm in Erickson Hall 224, the Sierra Student Coalition’s MSU Beyond Coal Campaign is having a Kick-Off Meeting for all students, staff, faculty, alumni, and other campus and community members interested in working to make MSU a coal-free campus. We hope to see you there!

What: MSU Beyond Coal Kickoff Meeting

When: Tuesday January 25th


Where: Erickson Hall 224

Arrive early for free veggie and chicken Chipotle burritos!

Special Guest: Dianne Byrum, trustee of Michigan State University

RSVP here!

As students, faculty, and staff here at Michigan State we have an incredible opportunity to demand that MSU become a truly healthy and sustainable place to live, work, and study!  So, we will kick the semester off with our guest speaker Dianne Byrum, one of the Michigan State University trustees, free food, and exciting updates this January 25th at 7:00pm in Erickson Hall 224.  This is THE event to attend to hear more about plans for a 100% clean energy MSU, and to find out how you can get involved.

Let’s have a strong showing for a Coal-Free Campus and clean energy here at MSU!   Thanks, and we hope to see you this Tuesday, January 25th at 7:00pm in Erickson 224! Don’t forget to RSVP here!

See you soon,

The MSU Beyond Coal Team

PS join the MSU Beyond Coal Facebook Fan Page online here and then make sure to invite/bring a friend to the Kick off meeting:http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/pages/MSU-Beyond-Coal/181844538509958

Follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/#!/MSUBeyondCoal

Don’t know where Erickson is? Check out this map at: http://maps.msu.edu/interactive/

Find Out All About MSU Beyond Coal!

Hey guys!

I hope you all had a great winter break, and that your first week back hasn’t been too painful!

I’m writing to let you guys know about our Information Sessions for the MSU Beyond Coal Campaign this January. We’re starting up the campaign again this semester, and we’ve got some BIG things planned.

The Administration recently announced the formation of a Steering Committee, which will create the energy transition plan for MSU. Not only is this incredible news, but MSU Beyond Coal will actually be a part of this committee! However, the goals of this committee have not yet been established, so this is a critical time for the campaign. This is the perfect opportunity for us to push the Administration and the Committee to create the goals that we, as students, think is the right path for MSU. We want the committee to make a commitment to transition MSU beyond coal and move towards 100% renewable energy, before the committee works through the process. This can happen guys, but the only way we can ensure our clean energy future, is if we can show the Administration and the Steering Committee that students across campus are passionate and committed to this change.

So, in order to ensure this success, we’re having Informational Sessions everyday to talk with you guys about how you can get involved! Check out the details below, and make sure to RSVP when you plan on coming.

Who: MSU Beyond Coal Campaign with the Sierra Student Coalition

What: Info Sessions for Volunteer and Internship Opportunities this Spring!

When: Mon- Fri, Jan 10th– Jan 25th 2:30pm and 5:30pm (we will be having both on MLK day: Monday, Jan 17th)

Where: Cyber Café in the main library

**RSVP Here**

We’re holding info sessions Mon- Fri Jan 10th, 2011 through Tuesday Jan 25th, 2011 at 2:30pm and 5:30pm about the Beyond Coal campaign.   Hope to see you there if you’re interested in hearing more about the campaign, or are interested in an on-campus internship.  Feel free to respond to me at tavortal8@gmail.com if you have any questions!

RSVP for an information session at https://msubeyondcoal.wordpress.com/get-involved/
Thanks so much guys, and I can’t wait to see you at our upcoming info sessions!
Happy MLK weekend,

PS- Save the date! Our Kick-Off meeting is going to be on January 25th (time tbd), we’re going to have some incredible speakers, and free Chipotle!


Find Out How to Get Involved This Semester!

Hey guys!!

I hope everyone had a spectacularly restful break 🙂

It’s crazy that we’re starting classes again today, but there are so many exciting things that are happening on campus now, that it would be a shame to miss it!

For starters, MSU Beyond Coal has made a new Facebook page…so switch on over to that one! This will probably be the last time I send a message through this group. The URL ishttp://www.facebook.com/pages/MSU-Beyond-Coal/181844538509958

Secondly, today we’re starting to have our informational sessions EVERYDAY at 2:30 and 5:30 in the Cyber Cafe in the Main Library (the area next to Sparty’s). So if you want to come and learn more about the situation going on at State, ways you can get a hold of some great volunteer/leadership opportunities, or even learn about the kick-ass internships that we have, then please fill out this quick form to RSVP https://msubeyondcoal.wordpress.com/get-involved/
….or just show up 🙂

This semester, the Administration is going to be announcing the formation of a steering committee, which is incredible news!!! This committee will eventually form the goals regarding MSU’s energy future. And not only are they asking for students from Beyond Coal to be a part of the actual committee, they want us to help out with all other aspects of moving MSU to 100% clean energy too!

This is happening guys, and it’s students who are making this happen. This is the most exciting semester to start getting involved, because we could actually achieve our goal by the end of the semester!!

So, I really hope to see you guys at our information sessions everyday starting TODAY at either 2:30 or 5:30 (but I mean, if you’re of the real eager sort, we wouldn’t deny you from coming to both! ;)) in the Cyber Cafe of the Main Library!

Thanks so much guys, I hope you all have an AMAZING semester!

ps-don’t forget to switch groups!

The Black and Veatch Report

Hey guys!

I hope that finals went well, and that your break is off to a great start already. I just wanted to send you guys a quick message with some exciting news!

MSU has just launched its new website <www.energytransition.msu.edu> which has a report on it called the Black and Veatch Report–an analysis done about MSU’s current and potential future energy sources. This is a HUGE step, and one that, with the right push from us (of course), will lead to the clean energy MSU that we’ve been fighting for!

This all means that next semester will be one of the most important for our campaign. We’ve already talked to the administration, and several other VIP’s across campus, and they all want this transition just as much as us, but they don’t have our power to actually make this happen! They told us that the most important thing we can do right now is increase VISIBILITY across campus. This change is going to happen, but it is up to US to decide how. So get pummmmped because the future of MSU’s energy consumption is in our hands!!

Take a look at the report if you’ve got some time, and definitely put some feedback in their ‘feedback forum’ section. And if you know people who would be interested, tell them about the website too–students at MSU should be aware of this huge change that’s happening on their campus.

Also, we’re changing our weekly meeting time/place for the upcoming semester. We’re now going to be meeting on Tuesdays at 7:00pm (location tbd).

Anyways, I’m sorry this was longer than I expected…I hope you guys have an incredible rest of your break, and I can’t wait to start stepping our campaign up a notch next semester!

If you have any questions about the report or the campaign in general, feel free to message me back or email me at tavortal8@gmail.com

Thanks so much!

Get the Tools You Need to be an Activist!

Though the semester may be winding down, the campaign has been as busy as ever. We’ve had an incredible amount of VIP meetings within the past two weeks, each being more successful than the last! We’ve gotten support from the top people within the administration, and the alumni association, from faculty members across the board as well as student groups across campus. Transitioning the campus beyond coal to clean energy is very quickly becoming the topic of discussion on campus. And we’re just getting started!!

This week we’re doing an activist training that will give YOU the tools you need to make a real difference to support concrete changes at MSU.This is the event to come to this semester to learn how you can build a stronger group on campus, work effectively with the media, and hear more about National student efforts to move beyond coal to 100% clean energy. This Tuesday and Wednesday the big National Day of Action is happening in D.C., so in addition to the training we’re also going to be talking about the national movement!

Who: You! And anyone interested in learning activist skills from local trainers.

What: Activist Training–Tools for Change Workshop

Where: 114 Berkey Hall

When: 7:00-9:00pm this Thursday, December 2nd

Why: Because everyone deserves the chance to make an impact, and we want to help you learn how!

After the meeting: We’re going to be meeting up after the meeting for some good ‘ol ugly-sweater shenanigans (something you definitely won’t want to miss!) Location to be announced at the meeting 🙂

We hope to see you on Thursday! With local professional organizers and campaign leaders from the Sierra Student Coalition–MSU Beyond Coal campaign, you can expect to learn the tools you’ll need to make the change you wish to see on campus!

For more information contact me at tavortal8@gmail.com

Fight on

and GO GREEN!!