Students at Central Oregon Community College (COCC) recently approved a 25 cents per credit hike in student fees to finance renewable energy purchases and sustainability projects for the campus. The fee, which is capped at $3 per student per term, is expected to generate about $8,485 per term, which will be used first to buy wind power to meet about 75% of campus electricity needs. The wind energy will be purchased through Pacific Power's Blue Sky green power program. Any excess funds generated from the fee will go into a "Flexible Sustainability Fund" to be allocated for campus sustainability projects, including purchasing and installing solar panels, energy conservation and retrofits, recycling programs, and converting the campus shuttle to support biodiesel fuel.
News Article - COCC Students Up Their Fees for Cleaner Skies