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UNM petition backs goal for renewable energy

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A coalition delivered a petition with 1,500 signatures collected from the UNM community in recent months to President Garnett Stokes’ office recently in support of a goal that the university pursue 100 percent renewable energy by 2050.

“We’re here to make it clear that we have the power to create a more sustainable future,” Environment New Mexico’s Erin Pang in a statement. “Fifteen hundred UNM community members have signed our petition, showing overwhelming support for UNM becoming a leader in sustainability in New Mexico.”

Those delivering the petition, besides Environment New Mexico, included University of New Mexico faculty members, student government representatives and student group leaders.

During a news conference on campus, students and faculty members unveiled a “Renewable Energy 101” toolkit, fact sheets detailing tools that universities can use to transition to renewable energy, and case studies of universities that have used the tactics.

The UNM student senate recently passed a resolution in favor of the goal of 100 percent renewable energy by 2050.