Emory & Henry recently purchased two neighborhood electric vehicles (NEV) which are currently being used by facilities staff for on-campus transportation. These vehicles reduce the need to use larger, less-efficient cars and trucks for short trips. In addition to these two vehicles, President Reichard purchased and donated a third car to the college that she is currently using for most of her on-campus transportation needs.
The Incredible Veggie Advanture Bus, a small school bus that has been converted to run on waste vegetable oil, is helping the Outdoor Program and Emory & Henry to minimize its impact on the environment. Members of the Outdoor Program collect used vegetable oil from the E&H cafeteria and The Hut, a small campus café, and recycle the oil into fuel for the bus. When heated to 180 degrees, vegetable oil behaves like diesel fuel, but it burns with 45 percent less emissions. It’s also better for the engine.
The original veggie bus was damaged in a storm and is no longer in use. A new bus has been purchased, which the Outdoor Program plans on converting to run on vegetable oil as well.