Out of the debate on the Kyoto Protocol and climate
change has sprung a new organization of students
called "Carbon Free Campuses." Interested in cleaner
energy systems, the 12 leaders and 70 informal members
are starting out with big plans for UVic and other
universities. Stephen Albinati, a 21-year-old business
student, is the group's president.
your organization all about? Carbon Free
Campuses is dedicated to exploring alternative energy.
We facilitate discussion and spearhead student-run
renewable energy projects.
convinced you to join? Over the past
couple of years, I’ve become more and more
interested in environmental issues. What sold
me on CFC was its rational approach to finding
Who else is involved?
We have students from a variety of disciplines
including engineering, biology, geoscience, environmental
studies, and business. Brian Coffey, Andrew MacDonald,
and Tom Owen were the founders. I think it’s
imperative that multiple disciplines are represented
in our group. The environmental crisis is not
an issue isolated to any one area.
What sort of things
have you done already? A lot of our work
has been organizing members, setting up a board
of faculty advisors, launching a Web site and
developing our presence on campus. We had a successful
speaker series and we’re drafting a recommendation
on restructuring the campus development committee.
What about the group’s
political philosophy? I think we differ
from other environmental groups in that we are
non-partisan. We want to approach issues in an
analytical and unbiased manner. Any position we
take will be based on facts, considering both
the negatives and the positives. It will not be
biggest thing you can see your group accomplishing?
To become a nationwide organization—it would
be great to see a network of students working
towards new technology and research.
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