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Petition: Carbon Neutral Purdue by 2030

This petition comes as a joint effort between the West Lafayette Students for Climate Action and the Purdue Student Sustainability Council. Climate change is a multifaceted issue threatening us socially, economically, and existentially. These threats are not only amplified in low-income communities but will affect all of our futures. This petition is just one component of a huge campaign, led by students, spanning several actions that has serious potential to change Purdue’s course for the better. Volunteer below to help beyond signing this petition.

We are students working to pressure Purdue Admin to make Purdue completely carbon neutral by 2030 and create a sustainability office in the provost's office, where prevalent socioeconomic concerns such as diversity and student life already reside.

We have support from over 60 student and community organizations, representing tens of thousands of students and local citizens, so far. You may be a member of one or more of these groups from across the board helping our revolutionary cause:

  • Political groups, like College Democrats and College Republicans
  • Minority groups, like the Asian Student Union Board and Society of Women Engineers
  • Greek Life, like Purdue Cooperatives and the Interfraternity Council
  • Representative groups, like the Residence Hall Association and Purdue Student Government
  • STEM groups, like Purdue Space Program and Society of Environmental and Ecological Engineers
  • Religious groups, like St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church and Unitarian Universalist Church
  • Community organizations, like the Center for Urban Health and city/statewide elected officials


Carbon neutrality is the offset of environmental damage from using fossil fuels by implementing effective techniques like retrofitting old buildings for better efficiency, implementing simple carbon sequesters, creating long-term practical plans for renewable power to wean off of fossil fuels, and increasing net tree cover.

The financial benefits are strong for admin. Many institutions have instituted their plans, publicly available on In the Midwest alone, Ball State now saves more than $2 million per year which it re-invests into its infrastructure and Ohio State maintains frozen tuition.

It is unrealistic to pull away from fossil fuels entirely overnight, considering Purdue's contracts and dependence, but carbon neutrality commitments, paired with a strong renewable energy goal, is an achievable and tremendous first step, as seen in institutions, cities, states, and 11 of 14 Big Ten Schools (including Indiana University - Bloomington).

It is time that Purdue catches up and leads by example. These changes will be forced to happen in the future with our backs against the wall, so why not take this small step now that will contribute to a giant leap? Let us leave our community one brick higher for ourselves and our future generations.

Volunteer below to help beyond signing the petition and be a voice for Purdue students!Our actions and volunteer committees involve event planning, publicity, our letter to admin, student government legislation, expansion to statewide schools, and creating a climate action plan for admin.

For any questions, feel free to contact Mason Merkel at [email protected] and follow us @wl4climateaction on Instagram!

GOAL: 2,750 signatures

Will you sign?


  • Cassie Evans
    signed 2021-05-12 07:59:43 -0400
  • Jill Reabe
    signed 2021-05-04 22:32:39 -0400
  • Zhuxin Yin
    signed via 2021-04-26 17:49:34 -0400
  • Hannah Paul
    signed 2021-04-26 10:45:51 -0400
  • Toni Joyner
    signed 2021-04-22 17:25:38 -0400
  • Elizabeth Rakes
    signed 2021-04-22 17:04:12 -0400
  • anna eisinger
    signed 2021-04-22 14:34:45 -0400
  • Mikayla Matteson
    signed 2021-04-22 14:31:30 -0400
  • briana nobbe
    signed 2021-04-21 16:55:42 -0400
  • Annika Schenkel
    signed 2021-04-15 14:50:27 -0400
  • Andrew Bowman
    signed 2021-04-10 23:57:38 -0400
  • Michael Vondersaar
    signed 2021-03-26 23:39:11 -0400
  • Cassidy Cross
    signed 2021-03-26 11:26:20 -0400
  • kayla osen
    signed 2021-03-26 11:21:21 -0400
  • Miranda Sears
    signed via 2021-03-24 14:18:06 -0400
  • Yash Bhatt
    signed 2021-03-19 21:43:35 -0400
  • Jacob Epstein
    signed 2021-03-18 10:26:07 -0400
  • Margaret Hutchinson
    signed 2021-03-18 09:37:54 -0400
  • Gabe Segura
    signed 2021-03-17 21:12:58 -0400
  • Erin Kane
    signed 2021-03-15 23:21:36 -0400
  • Akash Lokram
    signed 2021-03-09 23:39:55 -0500
  • Alicia Katzelis
    signed 2021-03-06 13:10:22 -0500
  • Emily Miramontes
    signed 2021-03-03 23:26:50 -0500
  • Lauren Rutherford
    signed via 2021-03-02 13:03:44 -0500
  • Joshua Rhodes
    signed 2021-03-01 20:18:56 -0500
  • Alex Norkus
    signed 2021-03-01 01:16:49 -0500
  • lily bowser
    signed 2021-02-28 17:20:10 -0500
  • Lucas Papai
    signed 2021-02-28 11:22:37 -0500
  • Lyndsy Miller-Clark
    signed 2021-02-26 09:57:13 -0500
  • Veer Pradhan
    signed 2021-02-25 21:18:48 -0500