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USF St. Petersburg and city join for green initiative

ST. PETERSBURG — The University of South Florida St. Petersburg joined with the city to announce their commitment to operate completely on clean, renewable energy.

USFSP Chancellor Sophia Wisniewska announced a plan to reduce the university's emissions by half before 2035 and achieve full carbon neutrality by 2050. Part of that plan includes a $125,000 investment in a solar carport near the new College of Business.

The city recently dedicated $800,000 in BP settlement money toward planning for climate change, including retrofitting city buildings to make them more energy efficient.

The efforts of both public entities were commended by the local chapter of the Sierra Club at an event Dec. 9.