Students lead the way on wind energy

wind2Next year, Augsburg Day College students will find a new entry on their tuition statements. In the March elections, students voted to add a $14.75 student fee per semester to help the college purchase wind-generated energy for the campus.

The initiative was set in motion when students began organizing the Focus The Nation teach-in that took place on campus in January. Alex Hoselton, Day student body vice president, said the organizing committee wanted to build momentum and support for green initiatives at Augsburg. “If we wanted to have an actionable result from the event, it had to be something that was permanent and went beyond 1 year,” he said. Continue reading “Students lead the way on wind energy”

Focus the Nation Teach-in Jan. 31

focusAugsburg College will host a Teach-In on Jan. 31, 2008 targeting a single issue — global warming solutions — as part of a national effort sponsored by Focus the Nation. The primary goal of “Focus the Nation: Augsburg College is to educate the Augsburg community about individual action and build momentum for permanent environmentally conscious practices and institutional actions. These actions include sustainable energy, zero-waste management systems, consumption awareness, and following the President’s Climate Commitment.

Focus the Nation is a national organization that is pushing for global warming solutions in the United States. As their web site says, “In the next few years, we as a nation will make, or fail to make, critical decisions regarding global warming pollution and clean technology investments. These decisions will have far-reaching and irreversible impacts on the lives of today’s students and the lives of their children. At this moment in time, we owe our young people at least a day of focused discussion about global warming solutions for America. Continue reading “Focus the Nation Teach-in Jan. 31”