Stories from intrepid reporters attending the Illinois Press Foundation Journalism Workshop at Eastern Illinois University
By Kevin McLurkin
Urban Prep Charter Academy, Chicago
and Pierre McCauley
Carbondale Community High School
After a year of negotiation, the Center for Clean Energy Research and Education Facility will be a part of Eastern Illinois University.
EIU President William L. Perry and the Board of Trustees agreed on June 17 to a budget and the center’s construction. Officials spent the past year addressing development of the center, including energy efficiency and finding an optimal design.
During the Board of Trustees meeting, EIU Treasurer Paul McCann allocated more than $250,000 and an annual supply of fuel and diesel oil for the center. The board approved a two-year agreement for $950,000.
The center will be built north of the Renewable Energy Center on campus.
The building will allow students to conduct research on new ways to conserve and renew energy. Perry believes the center will be a gateway for breakthroughs in conservation, giving EIU an opportunity to change how it presently uses energy.
EIU is known for being an earth-friendly campus. The Renewable Energy Center was honored with lead platinum designation under the United States Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environment Design.
The center should expand EIU’s research potential and increase its reputation for being a green university. Princeton Review has rated EIU as one of the top 322 “Green Colleges” in the United States.
Perry said the most important part of the project is “serving students and making a difference for the future students at EIU.”