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School System Makes "Bio" Gas for its Bus Fleet

by Francis P. Koster, Ed.D.

The Gaston County school system in North Carolina has developed a program to generate biodiesel for its bus fleet.  This program converts enough waste vegetable oil from the school cafeteria and other sources to fuel all of its buses.  By converting the buses to run on biodiesel, air pollution is reduced, money is saved, and jobs are secured. 

In 2005 the sixth largest school system in North Carolina began running its school buses on biodiesel generated by the school system.  

The first year of operation they were able to make 10,000 gallons of biodiesel.  Two years later their facility was producing 500 gallons per day. [10]   

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Students Show Blue Ribbon Companies How to Save $89 Million

 

Climate Corps has found ways for corporations to save $89 million in operational cost while avoid producing over 157,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions by investing in projects which pay back the original investment within 5 years. This is done by using interns on 10 week assignments. 

Goals of Climate Corps

Climate Corps is an internship program organized by the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) to address the concern that most companies incorrectly associate environmental policies with economic sacrifice. This program demonstrates that implementation of sound environmental policies is very good business. The goal is to identify cost savings, and increase profitabili…

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Roundabouts Beat Stop Lights, Reduce Air Pollution 20-30%...

Roundabouts Beat Stop Lights, Reduce Air Pollution 20-30%...

by Francis P. Koster, Ed.D.

Using “Roundabouts” instead of traffic lights or stop signs has been documented to save as much as 20 and 30% of fuel consumed at these intersections, with corresponding declines in solid and particulate pollutants. [1] One study in Vermont indicated that the magnitude of impact from roundabouts on Vermont statewide motor fuel use by a hypothetical installation of roundabouts in place of signals at 100 busy intersections would decrease total annual motor fuel use by approximately 1-2% of 1997 annual statewide gasoline consumption attributable directly to the roundabout, and another similar 1-2% by changes in land use density enabled by the roundabouts.[…

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Residential Energy Conservation Loan Programs.  The electric utility loans money to the consumer, who buys energy saving home improvements, lowers the electric bill, and pays the loan back in the electric bill.  The consumer gets a home improvement for no out of pocket expense, the utility does not have to build new generating capacity, and global climate change is reduced.

Florida - City of Tallahassee Utilities - Efficiency and Solar Water-Heating Loans

Applicable Sectors: Residential

Summary:
The City of Tallahassee Utilities offers loans with an interest rate of 5% for 25 different energy-saving measures, including but not limited to solar water-heating systems, refrigerators, electric central air conditioning units, natural…

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