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Hogue 1 Mitch Hogue J. Stewart Enc.1102, sec.0410 04/24/2008 Emission Awareness for Students via MySpace There is a problem with diesel emission awareness in the local community. I interviewed David Norvell, Energy Management Coordinator at The University of Central Florida’s (UCF) Physical Plant, about the integration of biodiesel fuel and future plans of emission regulations and improvements on campus. The problem behind advancing biodiesel into UCF shuttle buses is the lack of funds, support, and awareness of community members on the issue. There are similar, “multi-billion dollar projects taking place on a national level pertaining to reducing diesel emissions from our massive shipping industry” (Wald 1). These projects, whether on a local or national level, need first awareness, then support, and eventually funding and patience. To help build emission awareness, this issue must first be understood from the grass roots – our youth in local communities. There are different grades of biodiesel fuel, the most common is “B20.” A composed mixture of 80 percent diesel fuel and 20 percent renewable biodiesel oil, B20 can safely be used in all standard diesel engines. “If we use B20 there shouldn’t be any modification needed, but if we move to a greater percentage, the existing vehicles would have to be modified” (Norvell). In the near future, Energy Management at UCF hopes to convert university shuttle buses over to B20. It is approximately the same price as regular diesel fuel. Currently, biodiesel is not readily available and to create a biodiesel
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Hogue 2 fuel station in the community would require more support and funding. “We have it delivered from Jacksonville right now – we are looking to produce it on campus within the next few months,” Norvell added. In 2007, The Center for Energy and Sustainability at UCF published the first “Greenhouse Gas Report” on campus, which summarized the amounts of energy consumption and emissions from diesel fuels in the local community. Students can
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