SOU Adopts Greenhouse Reduction Program

SOUASHLAND, Ore. — Southern Oregon University is participating in a greenhouse reduction credit program.

The university sells what is called “Carbon Credits” to companies like Chevrolet in exchange for funding for sustainable improvement projects on campus. SOU first discovered the program last year at a conference in Nashville, Tennessee. Now it’s encouraging students to turn off lights and unplug electrical items when not in use to help sell more credits later.

Roxane Beigel-Coryell, the Sustainability and Recycling Coordinator for SOU says, “We have a lot of sustainability leadership on campus and we’re always looking for new ways to be at the forefront of the movement and also to look for ways to fun more projects.”

SOU has a 10-year option with Chevrolet and could potentially make 60-thousand dollars within 10 years.