Green Right Now Reports

Sierra Club’s “Beyond Coal” campaign has been turning up the heat on coal users, including campuses.

Students protest a campus coal plant at Bloomsburg University.

According to Sierra, 60 U.S. universities operate their own coal plants. The environmental group wants them to convert to another source of energy that produces fewer greenhouse gases, which are contributing to rapid climate change. Coal plant emissions also create ground-level pollution that can exacerbate asthma and heart conditions and contain mercury and arsenic, which can poison marine life.

Pushed, in part, by Sierra Student Coalitions, several universities have either shutdown or committed to closing their polluting plants. Those include:

  • Cornell University
  • Penn State University
  • Case Western Reserve University
  • Ohio University
  • University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
  • Clemson University
  • Oberlin College
  • University of Louisville
  • Western Kentucky University
  • SUNY-Binghamton
  • Eastern Illinois University
  • Western Illinois University
  • University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • Missouri University of Science & Technology
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Miami University of Ohio

Sierra also is fighting to shutdown the most polluting, aging coal plants and thwart those in progress. You can find active, proposed and defeated coal plants in your area of the U.S. by checking Sierra’s coal map.