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November 04, 2011

Sierra Student Coalition Promotes Clean Energy With EPA, White House


Thirty Sierra Student Coalition (SSC) leaders convened in Washington, D.C., last week for meetings with EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson at Howard University, and with White House Liaison to Young Americans Ronnie Cho.

That's Jackson, above in blue dress, with the SSC delegation; below, Cho addresses students' concerns in their meeting at the White House.


The meetings capped off 100 Actions for 100% Clean Energy, a coordinated series of more than 100 actions on campuses pushing to move universities beyond coal to 100 percent clean energy solutions. 

At the morning event, Mary Anne Hitt, director of the Sierra Club's Beyond Coal Campaign, joined students from Howard, the University of Kentucky, Indiana University, the University of Georgia, the University of Louisiana, and St. Edwards College in Texas. That's Hitt, below at left with Administrator Jackson and SSC National Director Quentin James.


All the students shared stories of their communities and campaigns and asked Jackson what the EPA is doing about mercury pollution, the role of young people in moving the nation toward clean energy, and the EPA's support for the health of communities that would be affected by the Keystone XL pipeline

Jackson told the students that they're already doing the most important work they can be doing and thanked Hitt directly for her leadership in moving America beyond coal and her recent blog post suppoting the EPA's proposed public health safeguards.


That afternoon, Quentin James (above, speaking) led the students down to the White House where they met with Jon Carson and Ronnie Cho from the Office of Public Engagement. The discussion lasted about 45 minutes, and students led a productive exchange that balanced praise for President Obama's environmental accomplishments with concerns that the President stand strong on the mercury rule and oppose the Keystone XL pipeline.


While Carson (above at center right) and Cho couldn't speak to the President's decision on Keystone XL, they indicated that the administration is on track to issue a strong mercury rule this year.

The meetings garnered media coverage in Politico, McClatchy, Greenwire, Bloomberg, Reuters, and The Hill, among other news outlets.

Learn more about the Sierra Student Coalition and how you can get involved. And join the largest tar sands protest in history this Sunday, November 6, as the Sierra Club and thousands of its allies encircle the White House to tell President Obama to reject the Keystone XL Pipeline, oppose tar sands development, and move our nation beyond oil.


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