Release: December 7, 2012
Contact: Lauren Kastner, Coal Free IU, (812)
Boxer, Sierra Club, (203) 885-3629 (cell)
IU Trustees approve energy master plan, students react
Students win major victory with university commitment
to phase out coal
BLOOMINGTON, IN – Indiana University-Bloomington will be
phasing out the use of coal on campus thanks to the efforts of the students of
Coal Free IU and the Campuses Beyond Coal campaign. The Indiana University
Board of Trustees met in Kokomo today to approve the final draft of the
Integrated Energy Master Plan (IEMP). The Trustees voted to approve the IEMP
that will come into force immediately as part of the IU Campus Master Plan.
Several amendments to the IEMP were made after students of Coal Free IU made a
formal request for three provisions: A commitment to stop burning coal, a plan
for clean energy, and accountability within the plan.
that the university has made a commitment to phase out coal, allow the existing
coal boilers at the Central Heating Plant to expire within the next few years,
implement campus-wide efficiency upgrades, review clean energy options
annually, and to set a timeline to meet these goals.
decision came after students from Coal Free IU coordinated a national call-in
day to the offices of the Trustees and the President, having allies from across
the country ask IU to commit to a clean energy future. It was reported that IU
alumni as far away as Kenya and Scotland called to advocate for clean energy.
Despite the meeting being held during IU’s final exam week, Coal Free IU
members attended the meeting to hand-deliver letters to the board calling on
them for action.
driven hundreds of calls from students, faculty, alumni, community members and
allies to the administration over the last two days to show that all eyes are
on IU as it made this decision,” Coal Free IU President Michael Caldie said.
“After four years of students demanding that IU stop burning coal and invest in
a clean energy future, administrators finally listened.”
IEMP came up for discussion, the Trustees and Vice President of Capital
Projects and Facilities Tom Morrison recognized the critical role that students
from Coal Free IU played in this decision.
Shoulders defended Coal Free IU and thanked them for challenging IU on this
issue. Shoulders also acknowledged that the Board should weigh other things
besides cost such as the environment and public health when talking about coal
and energy issues.
“For us it
was the war in Vietnam,” Shoulders said. “For this generation it is a fight for
their future and their children's future; a fight for clean air and clean
water. What they are asking for is not unreasonable. In fact, we are doing it.”
VP Tom Morrison
added that all input from the public regarding the IEMP was unanimously in
support of clean energy at IU.
meeting with CFIU for as long as I've had this job and they have been working
with us all this time to see this through,” Morrison said.
2009, twenty colleges and universities across the country have committed to
stop burning coal as a result of the Sierra Student Coalition and Sierra Club’s
Campuses Beyond Coal campaign. IU is one of the last colleges to operate a
campus coal plant.
Senior and Coal Free IU Vice President Lauren Kastner added that although this
is a clear victory, the work is never done. Students will be staying active to
make sure that the university is held accountable to their commitment and to
push for IU to make even more progress in clean energy initiatives and carbon
was important to me to make my university reflect the values of my generation
and our changing society. This decision from the Trustees is something I can
brag about as a soon to be IU alumna,” Kastner said. "IU can finally be
taken seriously as a clean energy leader and a socially and environmentally