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Coal is king at Indiana University and its lock on the throne remains unchallenged.

For heating, cooling and electricity, IU either burns coal or buys coal-based energy to the tune of tens of millions of dollars a year.

While the school has begun to explore how to rid itself of the highly-polluting fuel, administrators admit they’re nearly powerless because of costs and limited technology.

But for an increasing number in south central Indiana, coal’s veritable open-ended reign on campus has pushed them to ask, with more seriousness than ever, where IU is going next.

Stories From This Series

March 25, 2010


IU’s Energy Future That of Uncertainty, Plans and Hopeful Thinking

Currently, algae can do no more than inch IU forward in its long path toward eliminating its carbon emissions.

March 23, 2010


IU “Working Toward” Carbon Neutrality Without Clear Roadmap

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.

March 21, 2010


Is Climate Neutrality in Indiana University’s Future?

IU can’t begin to think about joining the climate neutrality club without a significant change in its stance toward burning coal on campus.

March 18, 2010


Activism Focuses on Snuffing Out Coal at IU

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.

March 16, 2010


Coal Entrenched at Indiana University

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.

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