Student digs might not be clean but they’re going green

  A new course aims to educate student renters about improving energy efficiency. The classes at Colorado State University, led by Dr. Anne Marie Merline, aim to teach students renting […]

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By Jonny Bairstow
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A new course aims to educate student renters about improving energy efficiency.

The classes at Colorado State University, led by Dr. Anne Marie Merline, aim to teach students renting houses about efficiency.

The professor says this is needed if the City of Fort Collins is going to reach the sustainable goals and targets set out in its climate action plan.

She believes increasing efficiency in rental homes is difficult because landlords do not often have incentives to increase efficiency, as they’re not paying for utilities themselves.

As part of her classes, students will study both local and international climate action plans and create a series of goals to reduce their own carbon footprint.

Student Anne Marie Rauker said: “There‚Äôs a lot of incentives for businesses and homeowners but there are not a lot of incentives and programs to help those who are renting.”