Renewable Energy Resolution

Whereas, the University of Minnesota is committed to excellence and leadership in protecting the environment, and

Whereas, the University of Minnesota has a tradition of concern for the environmental impacts of its actions, and

Whereas, burning fossil fuels is also a major source of greenhouse gases which cause global climate change, and

Whereas, burning fossil fuels is a major source of pollutants including: sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, mercury, and particulate matter, and

Whereas, the State of Minnesota is working to create incentives for renewable energy production, and

Whereas, the Board of Regents’ Policy on Pollution Prevention and Waste Abatement affirms their commitment to, “encourage pollution prevention...through changes in purchasing policies and specifications.”

Whereas, purchasing electricity and fuels produced from renewable resources supports the local development of Minnesota’s wind and other clean renewable energy resources.

Therefore, the Social Concerns Committee recommends that:

Approved by the Social Concerns Committee, May 2004