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Coal Free IU ends week of action

POSTED AT 11:38 PM ON Jan. 10, 2012  (UPDATED AT 07:06 PM ON Jan. 13, 2012)

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On Friday morning, students of the organization Coal Free IU personally delivered bundles of petitions, consisting of over 5,000 signatures, to the office IU President Michael McRobbie. The petition demanded a transition off coal as an energy and heating source.

“Today was a really great day and a really great time not just for Coal Free IU, but for IU students,” Alexis Boxer of Sierra Club said. “We’re really hoping the University will take heed and listen to the voices of thousands of community members and students when determining energy university policy.”

Coal Free IU launched a three-day campaign to alert students about the negative effects of the coal plant on campus.

Members protested IU’s use of coal by spelling out the words “no coal” in an aerial art display Wednesday in front of the coal plant on campus, which is on Fee Lane near the Kelley School of Business. The group also sponsored Thursday’s IU vs. Minnesota men’s basketball game.
 

The student-led group, which formed in fall 2009, is sponsored by the Sierra Club. IU’s club is part of a nationwide effort to end the use of coal on college campuses.

 

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