Campus Action & Sustainability

There is something stirring in North Carolina. Summer break is here; everywhere you turn there are festivals and post-exam parties lighting up the atmosphere. Students are recuperating from a hard year of work, and it’s expected that we spend this time off relaxing with friends and family in the sunshine.

What's not expected is that student climate organizers from seven schools across the state would come together during the first weeks of the summer with the incredible vision of mobilizing our campuses around energy issues on a scale never before seen in the Tar Heel state.

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Nine months ago today a small group students at the University of Cincinnati sent a letter to President Gregory Williams announcing the official formation of the Beyond Coal Campaign. Now, not even a year later, we have reached the crucial moment, we have made our final ask. Just days ago, the administration formally announced that the first of the two coal fired boilers on our campus is scheduled to be retired by 2015 before the EPA MACT Rules (Maximum Achievable Control Technology) go into effect. On the heels of this good news, we decided to make the final demand: a commitment for the second boiler to be retired no later than 2019.

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