Indiana has over six million residents but only a few full-time environmental reporters. What if we doubled that number? Wouldn’t that transform what we’re aware of and act on?
We started with an experiment at Purdue University. Over the past twenty years, their enrollment grew by about 20%. During that same time, however, their independent student newspaper withered on the vine. Its revenue per student descreased by 60%.
What if we paid students to be climate solutions reporters? What if we got the entire Purdue innovation ecosystem more and more focused on decarbonizing the global economy? From scientists discovering solutions to entrepreneurs and engineers implementing them.
Pilot – Fall 2021
So we started with one student, Lucas Bleyle:
Phase 2 – Spring 2022
Then expanded to fund several more climate solutions reporters: