May 14th, 2009 | by Shawn O'bryant News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, Schools, Politics, Environment

PSU Students Vote For A Green Fee


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Portland State University students passed a referendum this week that creates a $5 per student "green fee" per term.


PSU plans to use money raised by the fee, which was approved by 72 percent of students who voted, as follows:





—Subsidizing three-month TriMet flex passes for students. PSU hopes to eventually require all students to have a bus pass.


—Creating a special sustainability projects fund overseen by students that encourages small scale sustainable capital projects. Projects already include bike parking stations, new bikes for a bike loan program and water bottle refilling stations.


—Creating a revolving loan fund to support projects such as installing highly efficient light bulbs and water conservation. Organizers hope the fund will be self-perpetuating with money earned through savings re-invested in other projects.


—Hiring a full-time conservation and renewable energy manager at PSU.


More than 60 universities nationwide have enacted a similar green fee.




 
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