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Tufts Student Senate passes resolution urging school to commit to 100% renewable energy by 2050
On Sunday, Tufts University’s Student Government Association passed a resolution calling on the university to publicly commit to achieving 100 percent renewable energy by 2050.
The resolution urges Tufts to commit to sourcing all of its electricity from renewables like wind, solar and geothermal power, fully electrify the heating and cooling systems in its buildings, and move to an all-electric fleet of university-owned vehicles.
The resolution comes as environmental advocacy group Environment America’s 100 Percent Renewable Campuses campaign at Tufts has built momentum over the past semester. Student volunteers this school year collected more than 700 student petitions and 50 faculty endorsements for a public commitment from Tufts to go 100 percent renewable by 2050.
Tufts is committed to carbon neutrality by 2050, recently adding two solar installations at its Cummings School for Veterinary Medicine that generate 40 percent of that school’s power. Those solar projects are projected to save the school $5.3m over the next 20 years.
“This resolution, along with hundreds of student petitions and dozens of faculty endorsements, shows that Tufts is ready to take the next step and make a bold commitment to 100 percent renewable energy,” said Jake Taber, Clean Energy Fellow with Environment America. “By moving away from fossil fuels, Tufts can show its students what a better world looks like, setting an example to follow as they move into the world to tackle pollution and climate change.”