ASUREI Mission Statement
The purpose of the Appalachian State University Renewable Energy Initiative is to reduce the environmental impact of Appalachian State University by implementing renewable energy technologies, investing in energy efficiency projects, and promoting campus engagement.
Conception of the ASUREI
The original concept for the Renewable Energy Initiative came during February 2004 from Ernie Hodgson, a former President of ASU Sustainable Energy Society. His idea was based on a similar concept that was initiated at UNC Chapel Hill. With the help of other students interested in pursuing the initiative, he brought the idea before the Student Government Association which then approved the senate bill to present the referendum to the student body. Miriam Makhyoun and SGA Senator Justin Pittman aided Ernie Hodgson, Cole McVey and Jeff Lauckhart in writing the enabling act for the referendum.
The referendum asked if students would approve a $5 per student per semester increase in fees three year period, beginning with the 2005-2006 school year and ending at the close of the 2007-2008 school year. The Chancellor approved the students’ decision over the summer of 2004 at which point the referendum was passed on to the Board of Trustees and board of Governors, which both approved the fee increase. The first funds into the Renewable Energy Initiative were collected from student fees during the Fall 2005 semester.
The REI works closely with the Appalachian State Office of Sustainability. For more information about the Sustain office and the fantastic work that they do, click here.