Demand that the Holy Cross Administration Pursue Renewable Technologies on Campus
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In 2007, the College of the Holy Cross pledged to achieve carbon neutrality by 2040. While the College has made progress - emissions are down 42% from 2007 levels - the 'low-hanging fruit' has been picked, and more substantial steps will be required for Holy Cross to fulfill its commitment. In light of Pope Francis' call to action in Laudato Si! and the College's status as a prominent Catholic institution, it is incumbent upon Holy Cross to take the steps necessary to secure a brighter future for our common home.
To that end, we, the concerned members of the Holy Cross community, petition the College to do the following:
1. Obtain a free quote from a reputable company (like Solar City) concerning the cost of solar panel installation on the Hart Center (extension included) by no later than June 1, 2017.
2. Contact geothermal heat pump (GHP) companies to obtain quotes for the cost of (1) retrofitting existing College buildings with GHP systems and (2) the cost of building GHP systems into future construction projects.
3. Commit to seriously pursuing solar and/or GHP installation by no later than June 1, 2018 (provided that the College’s consultations with solar power and GHP companies confirm the projections from the student-led research project discussed here: https://www.acontestideas.com/new-blog/2017/4/6/laudato-si-the-popes-call-and-holy-crosss-underwhelming-response
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