Currently, algae can do no more than inch IU forward in its long path toward eliminating its carbon emissions.
The Campus Master Plan calls for a move toward carbon, and by extension climate, neutrality. But that idea is an abstract notion at this point.
IU can’t begin to think about joining the climate neutrality club without a significant change in its stance toward burning coal on campus.
Last fall, the Sierra Club began pressuring a handful of college campuses to end their use of coal. Indiana University, with its heating Plant, was targeted.
Student groups are calling on IU to transition away from burning coal – the top source of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere – in the middle of campus.