On the day the Rutgers University Climate Task Force hosted the third and final Town Hall meeting, NJPIRG delivered a letter calling on President Holloway include a 100% Renewable energy commitment in the final draft of Rutgers’ Climate Action Plan. The letter was accompanied by more than 3,300 RU student signatures, SGA resolutions from Camden and Newark, testimonies from student leaders and faculty, and an organizational response letter signed by over 30 student and community groups. This demonstrates a broad-swath of support from our community for a 100% renewable energy commitment.
During the town hall, the Climate Task force provided an update on the Climate Action Plan and responded to comments from the phase two report, followed by a Q&A session and series of breakout rooms where attendees provided input on how to develop comprehensive climate solutions for Rutgers.
Campuses across the country are already making plans to generate 100 percent clean renewable energy to power their operations, and Rutgers should join their ranks. To date, nearly two dozen colleges and universities in 13 states, have made commitments to 100 percent renewable energy or electricity. More than 40 colleges and universities already obtain 100 percent or more of their electricity from renewable energy sources.
If Rutgers wants to act as a climate leader in the higher education community, we must commit now to delivering the clean energy future that Rutgers students want and need. A commitment to 100% renewable energy from Rutgers will help fuel the movement for other college campuses across the country to act boldly on climate.