Jake Slobe | March 20, 2017
This week’s On The Radio segment discusses the university’s recent announcement to get rid of coal by 2025.
Transcript: University of Iowa President Bruce Harreld announced late last month that the university will be coal-free by 2025.
This is the Iowa Environmental Focus.
The UI has taken steps to reduce its dependence on coal. In 2008, the university established seven “sustainability targets” to be achieved by 2020.
Since 2008, the UI has managed to reduce its use of coal by 60 percent.
The university’s current energy portfolio includes oat hulls, miscanthus grass, wood chips and green energy pellets.
UI partnered with Iowa State University in 2013 to develop a miscanthus grass energy crop. Working with farmers within 50 miles of Iowa City, the university has planted 550 acres of the miscanthus and will plant an additional 250 to 350 acres this spring. The goal is to establish up to 2,500 acres locally by 2020.
To learn more about the university’s plan to go coal free, visit iowaenvironmentalfocus.org
From the UI Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research, I’m Betsy Stone.