How much would you pay for a greener campus?
Yesterday, EcoAction’s blog, Renewable Energy Turns Me On, drew our attention to a unsuccessful campaign from the 2006-7 school year which called for a $30 fee added on to tuition that would be used to make 30% of the University’s energy renewable and the possibility of a new push for a green fee.
According to the EcoAction blog, the petition received over a thousand signatures back in ’06-’07, but instead of implementing the green fee, Georgetown opted to “explore options for renewable energy with other universities in DC.” Although Georgetown created a Sustainability Action Committee, it didn’t allot any money to the group, limiting its effectiveness.
Now the question EcoAction’s asking is whether it would be wise to start another push for a green fee. Here’s some of the pros and cons they laid out in the post:
Would it run into the obstable of being associated with all of the other fees that we pay that seem to have no direct impact on us? The activities fee leaves a large unused endowment and a green fee/fund could run into problems if not used and not made directly relevant to the improvement of student life.
However, as the other universities begin to champion such causes adn the Pope being vocal about the issue himself, there are clear reasons for Georgetown to assert itself as a force for college sustainability.
What do you think?
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