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Saturday, May 08, 2021

The Student Senate passed a referendum Tuesday announcing its support for charging a fee on top of tuition for renewable energy projects.

The referendum advocates charging students 50 cents per credit hour to be used for renewable energy projects including solar energy, alternative fuels and thermal conversion systems on campus.

A referendum only seeks to announce the Senate's opinion on an issue.

Sen. Mackenzie Ezell, who represents the College of Engineering, said she estimates the fee would generate ,650,000 per year toward energy-efficiency projects at UF.

Ezell said she would probably present the legislation to the Board of Trustees, UF's highest governing body.

She said she hopes the board will pass the legislation.

If the board were to pass it, the fee would go to the Board of Governors, the State University System's top governing body.

After that, it would go to the state Legislature.

Kelly Moosbrugger, treasurer for Gators for a Sustainable Campus, will also present the referendum.

"Students have the power in it to help out with renewable energy," Moosbrugger said.

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