Skip navigation

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 stronger sustainability office in administration, where prevalent socioeconomic concerns such as diversity and student life already reside.

Purdue can use the Purdue-centric climate action plan which students have created with faculty review over the past year, open a dialogue with local governments who wish to include Purdue's perspective on climate planning, or do both to take action in a way that best suits the university's future.

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!

5,000 Signatures

4,262 Signatures

Will you sign?

Showing 2637 reactions

  • Anusha Arc
    signed 2020-07-31 16:16:08 -0400
  • Sophia Neher
    signed 2020-07-31 15:02:58 -0400
  • Emma Ross
    signed 2020-07-31 15:01:16 -0400
  • Matthew Wilmsen
    signed 2020-07-31 14:59:19 -0400
  • Courtney Huddleston
    signed 2020-07-31 14:26:55 -0400
  • Molly Sharp
    signed 2020-07-31 14:09:36 -0400
  • Noah Thoma
    signed 2020-07-31 13:46:55 -0400
  • Pavithra chidambaram
    signed via 2020-07-31 13:33:46 -0400
  • Nandita Joshi
    signed via 2020-07-31 13:30:37 -0400
  • Hannah Paul
    signed 2020-07-31 13:25:09 -0400
  • Liberty Joson
    signed 2020-07-31 12:35:51 -0400
  • David Sanders
    signed 2020-07-30 15:06:45 -0400
  • Barbara Stansbury
    signed via 2020-07-30 14:56:19 -0400
  • Ben Fields
    signed 2020-07-30 00:05:11 -0400
  • Ashley David
    signed 2020-07-29 22:56:34 -0400
  • Joseph Petersen
    signed 2020-07-29 21:54:44 -0400
  • Isabel Gordon
    signed 2020-07-29 21:49:31 -0400
  • w w
    signed 2020-07-29 20:28:24 -0400
  • Aaron Du
    signed 2020-07-29 20:18:20 -0400
  • Rahul Durai
    signed 2020-07-29 20:12:27 -0400
  • Valeria Moreno
    signed 2020-07-29 20:08:51 -0400
  • Joseph (Joe) Sauer
    signed 2020-07-29 15:22:38 -0400
  • Jami Cooper
    signed via 2020-07-29 12:47:56 -0400
  • Riya Mahajan
    signed 2020-07-29 04:51:53 -0400
  • Alexis Agoado
    signed 2020-07-28 20:31:56 -0400
  • Michael Jenkins
    signed via 2020-07-28 19:58:57 -0400
  • Susan Schechter
    signed 2020-07-28 19:52:56 -0400
  • Amanda Waller
    signed 2020-07-28 17:17:25 -0400
  • Lee Scheidler
    signed 2020-07-28 16:29:28 -0400
  • Joe Scheidler
    signed 2020-07-28 16:12:27 -0400