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Published November 12, 2009, 04:11 PM

UND Protest

Member of the U-N-D chapter of the Sierra Club the nation's oldest grass-roots environmental organization protested outside president Robert Kelley's office today, asking him to take action.

By: Steve Bodakowski, WDAZ

Member of the U-N-D chapter of the Sierra Club the nation's oldest grass-roots environmental organization protested outside president Robert Kelley's office today, asking him to take action.

The protesting ended earlier this afternoon here on campus, and they're asking president Kelly to make a commitment to move away from coal energy.

The Sierra club says in 2007 alone UND burned more than 55-thousand tons of coal and emitted more than 85 thousand tons of CO2 into the air.

Protesters say they hope the protest will show Kelley they're serious about making a change and he needs to be as well.

Today's protest was part of a nation wide campaign across 60 campuses.

"We're here today to show president Kelley we have a huge support to put our campus into clean energy and move off of call so we're calling on him to make a strong commitment."

The group will meet with Kelley next week hoping he'll agree to take the first step in moving away from coal as the school's main energy source.

One option could be Geo thermal energy.

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