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Mount Union Students Take Part in Power Shift 2009 in Washington D.C.

March 4, 2009

Students at the Powershift 09 event in Washington DCFrom February 27 to March 2, three Mount Union students joined thousands of other young people for Power Shift 2009 in Washington D.C. to deliver a message of climate change to Capitol Hill.

Power Shift 2009 is a project of the Energy Action Coalition led by and for young people to solve problems involving climate change. 

Bridget Schmitz, a junior political science major and president of the Students for Environmental Awareness, attended the conference along with junior biology major Erin Manis and senior biology major Lisa Robbins.

 “We learned that in comparison to other colleges across Ohio, Mount Union has made very large steps towards becoming a ‘green’ campus,” said Schmitz. “It was very motivating to hear that the Mount Union College and our Mount Union student organization (Students for Environmental Awareness) have done so much even in comparison to large state schools.”

Energy Action's flagship campaign, the Campus Climate Challenge, was launched in 2006 to encourage new investments in renewable energy on college campuses from coast to coast. Climate Challenge is now being run on over 700 colleges and universities across the country.  

During Power Shift 09, meetings were scheduled with more than 350 elected officials to meet face-to-face to discuss the demands of the group.

Those involved in Power Shift have made it a priority to ensure that President Obama’s plan of creating a new energy economy includes real solutions to the climate crisis, green economic development with pathways out of poverty, and equal protection for all our futures. 

Power Shift’s goal is to not only deliver a message of change to elected officials, but to continue to strengthen the climate and clean energy movement by infusing our nation's young leaders with new ideas, skills, connections with each other, and opportunities for employment and action.

Schmitz explained that Power Shift focuses on the general need to switch from dirty fuels to clean energy.  “We need students’ help and the College’s help, too,” said Schmidt. “Being a ‘green’ campus can be very appealing to prospective students.”

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