By Daniel Robison; Photos by Andrew Olanoff
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.