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IU Seeks Funding For Energy Master Plan

The IU energy master plan was presented to students and faculty at a public meeting Monday.

IU official presents master plan

Photo: Zhe Huang/WFIU-WTIU News

IU officials presented the university's master plan draft during a meeting Monday, Sept. 17, 2012.

Indiana University says the next step in adopting its energy master plan is to figure out how to pay for the project.

During a public presentation of the plan held Monday, Vice President for Capital Planning and Facilities of Indiana University Tom Morrison said the university should be able to fund for the $82 million project without raising tuition.

“The more we invest in renewable energy and things like that, it’s a cost,” Morrison says. “And the students sort of are the biggest funders of the institutions. So we have to sort a way to do that without increasing the tuition for students.”

The master plan includes suggestions on how IU Bloomington can reach its goal of moving toward a carbon neutral campus. That could include moving away from burning coal at the campus power plant and encouraging more energy conservation.

The university trustees must still approve the plan before it can be implemented.

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