The Sierra Club is planning a rally at noon today at the University of Kentucky to protest the ties between the school’s athletic department and the coal industry.
UK and the coal industry have a fairly close relationship–the men’s basketball dorm is called the Wildcat Coal Lodge, after coal industry contributions, and there have been prominent coal advertisements during some athletic events.
According to a news release, the Sierra Club and its university and Lexington members want UK to stop accepting money from the coal industry–like it has done from alcohol and tobacco companies.
“UK does not accept sponsorships from tobacco or alcohol corporations and we are asking them to include coal in their list of harmful industries,” said UK student Sam Beavin.
The organization also wants the university to replace its aging power plant with renewable energy.
Speakers at today’s rally include Mary Anne Hitt, the head of the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign, local physician Dr. John Patterson and UK students. The rally starts at noon.