College students protest coal use on campuses


COLUMBIA, Mo. – College students nationwide are urging their schools to stop using coal produced at campus power plants or purchased from private utilities in favor of cleaner energy sources ranging from wood chips to geothermal power.

On Wednesday, students at several campuses nationwide mounted a Coal-Free Campus campaign led by the Sierra Club. The campaign began the same day college presidents rallied in Washington in support of clean energy legislation.

A Sierra Club report singled out Missouri, UCLA, Oregon State, Indiana, Minnesota and six other schools that need to further their efforts to end coal use.