MSU ends use of coal at campus power plant

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UPDATE 9:17: In addition to stopping the use of coal, the panel joining Simon also announced MSU will be offering a energy minor starting this upcoming fall. 6 News has a crew at Simon’s address and will have an update on 6 News at Noon.

EAST LANSING, Mich (WLNS) – The “Green and White” is a little greener today.

That’s after Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon says the campus is no longer burning coal at its on-campus power plant.

She made the announcement this morning in a webcast about the future of energy at MSU.

“This is a critical step toward our university reducing its environmental impact and furthering the goals of the campus Energy Transition Plan,” Simon said in a press release. “One of our greatest challenges is how to reliably meet the university’s growing energy needs. This will help us meet those needs in a more sustainable fashion.”

The announcement comes almost exactly a year after MSU pledged to end the use of coal on campus and a couple of weeks before Earth Day.

It’s also part of an energy plan the university launched in 2012.

Students have rallied and lobbied for this change since 2010.

The university says it has reduced greenhouse gas emissions by more than 25 percent since the 2009-10 school year, and that using natural gas instead of coal cuts carbon dioxide emissions by about a third. They’re also continuing to look for other ways to reduce greenhouse gases on campus – and not just at the power plant.

MSU says its goal is to one day use renewable energy to power the whole campus.

6 News has a reporter at Simon’s address. We’ll talk to her about what the university has been doing and is continuing to do coming up on 6 News at Noon and tonight and 5 and/or 6.Previous stories

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