Beyond CoalMining and burning coal to generate power is the single most destructive industrial process currently employed on a daily basis in this country. In addition, coal power plants emit one-third of the nation’s annual carbon dioxide emissions, making them a major contributor to global warming. From taking coal out of the ground, to burning it to generate electricity, to the disposing of its waste, coal destroys the environment, pollutes the air and water, and jeopardizes public health. Beyond Coal aims to bring our school beyond coal by calling for the university to divest all university endowment funds out of the "Filthy 15"--the dirtiest utilities, coal operators and mining companies in the U.S.
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Political ActionPolitical Action strives to give a voice to both U of I students and Champaign-Urbana residents alike. Through our collaborative efforts, we express the faults that currently exist within the legal system and investigate ways in which these practices can be improved. Some of our previous endeavors include Earth Week's Political Action Call-In, as well as a series of interviews conducted with several democratic primary candidates running for IL 13th Congressional District. This semester, we plan to continue hosting events like these in order to help our community make informed political decisions and learn how to initiate change within the political system.
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Sustainable BusinessSustainable Business prepares students to use business models and applications as a force for social and environmental change. We explore the ability of various models to provide social value as well as profitability and advocate for sustainable business practices on and off campus. Last year, we worked with Espresso Royale to reduce disposable cup waste and Common Ground Co-Op to educate the community on sustainable grocery stores. This semester, we aim to collaborate with other student led environmental organizations to promote initiatives such as a curriculum on sustainability in the Gies College of Business.
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Urban AgricultureUrban Agriculture is dedicated to promoting sustainable agriculture on and around campus. We solve agricultural problems in a way that benefits stakeholders economically, socially, and environmentally. In the past, our efforts have involved educating students about the benefits of sustainable agriculture and how small everyday activities can have a significant impact on reducing pollution. This year, we will be focusing on a partnership with the Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment to create a native permaculture garden. Urban Agriculture also hosts the annual SECS plant sale and field trips to sustainable farms.
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