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Unless you are living in a cave (and no offense if you are), you have probably heard about the need to reduce our dependence on foreign oil and cut the amount of damaging emissions we release into the air each second of each day. These are very real concerns that have been plaguing the US for decades and they are only going to get worse in the years ahead. That is of course, unless we start to take action.

At Florida State, action and involvement is what our sustainability and conservation efforts are all about, and we have an impressive portfolio of these activities happening all over our campuses (check out this comprehensive document if you think we might be fibbing).

The need to take action is also the reason our Office of Research decided to purchase Florida State's first Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) car, a Honda Civic.

"So what, they purchased a car, people do that all the time," is probably what you are thinking at this point. Well, the really interesting thing about this particular car compared to regular gasoline vehicles is that:

  • It produces 60-90 percent less smog-producing pollutants and 30-40 percent less greenhouse gas emissions, causing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to call it the cleanest internal-combustion vehicle on Earth
  • It costs significantly less to fill the tank (approximately half the price of regular gasoline)
  • It uses a fuel that is almost entirely domestic (approximately 88 percent of US natural gas is produced domestically)

Similar to the other sustainability efforts taking place at Florida State, the Office of Research believes its time to move beyond the debate and get behind the wheel of a potential game-changer in our nation's energy dilemma.

Other nations have been dipping their toes in this pool of energy potential and reaping the benefits. The Office of Research thinks its time for the US to lead the way with an impressive belly flop.