Climate Input Sessions for students, faculty and staff

by Phillip Kelly - University student

The University of MinnesotaâÄôs Climate Input Sessions are coming up next week. They are a critical opportunity for students to show our needed presence as people who care about moving off of coal.
These input sessions are a partnership between Facilities Management and Campus Beyond Coal and a chance for students to raise their strong collective voice to move the University beyond coal through a direct conversation with the administration.
The University owns the last coal-burning plant in Minneapolis. As the University is a leader in sustainability, we believe it is extremely important and very possible for the University to move off of coal.
As the University creates a timeline to move toward climate neutrality we want to ensure moving beyond coal is early in that timeline so we donâÄôt wait until 2050 to move off coal.
Every year the plant burns 38,000 tons of coal and emits eight pounds of toxic mercury. Join us in making this the year that the University commits to moving off coal.
The first session is from noon-2 p.m. today in Coffman Union, Room 325 (free Jimmy JohnâÄôs will be provided). The second session is from 2-4 p.m. tomorrow in Carlson School of Management, Room L-118.