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Science and Environment

Purdue Sierra Student Coalition Calls for Greener Future

An environmental group at Purdue is asking the administration to include greener measures in the university’s Energy Master Plan.

The Sierra Student Coalition is presenting more than one-thousand public comments on how to provide additional clean energy options.

Organizer Alexis Boxer says the goal is to bring Purdue’s practices in line with some of its neighboring schools.

Boxer says there are prime opportunities now to raise funding for alternative energy efforts without increasing tuition for students.

She says there are grants and the possibility of setting up a student green fund, which would accept Boilermakers’ donations.

President Janice Ringler says there are a number of challenges with doing these types of projects now, but says it’s important Purdue prepare for the future.

Vice President for Physical Facilities Bob McMains says his team examined green energy alternatives, but the high-cost of energy production did not make them feasible.

Wednesday night at seven in Stewart Center, the university is holding a public comment session on the Comprehensive Energy Master Plan.