The school said Friday that it would sell the automaker about 150,000 metric tons of carbon credits. The sale, including campus matching funds, would net the Urbana-Champaign campus more than $1 million.
Carbon credits are an environmentalist currency that progressives claim help measure the carbon dioxide removed from the air. Companies, governments and others can buy the credits to offset their own carbon emissions. But The News-Gazette reports that Chevrolet is expected to retire the Illini credits on behalf of the environment.