Everything for Your Home's
Beauty, Comfort & Convenience 384-2123
704 Jamestown St, Columbia
Dr. Ronald P. Rogers
Support for your body's natural healing capabilities
Click here for details
Click here for information
Real Estate & Auction Co.
Duo County Telecom
Now Available Through
Your Cable Service!
GUN & PAWN
What's Going On
Info about the
Janice Holt Giles
and Henry Giles Society
Columbia Gas Dept.
GAS LEAK or GAS SMELL
24 hrs/ 365 days
270-384-2006 or 9-1-1
Call before you dig
Directory of Churches
phone numbers and more
for churches in Adair County
WKU President supports Green Initiatives by driving a Volt
News from Western Kentucky University
BOWLING GREEN, KY - When it comes to green initiatives at Western Kentucky University, one of the biggest proponents has been Gary Ransdell. Now the WKU president is being even more visible by becoming the first person in Bowling Green to lease a Chevrolet Volt.
"I believe in setting an example and when I had the opportunity to lease an electric car with an extended range, I thought this would be a great way to show my commitment to our planet," Dr. Ransdell said.
Dr. Ransdell took possession of the Volt on Friday (Nov. 4) from Campbell Chevrolet in Bowling Green.
"We at WKU are constantly looking for ways to be more energy efficient and reduce our carbon footprint," Dr. Ransdell said. "The Volt offers new technology that makes it a more practical option for me."
The five-door, four-passenger Volt is designed to be a family's primary vehicle, providing the benefits of gas-free electric driving for most daily commutes with the capability to make long trips when needed.
The Volt has a total driving range of up to 379 miles, based on EPA estimates. For the first 35 miles, it can drive gas free using a full charge of electricity stored in its 16-kWh lithium-ion battery. When the Volt's battery runs low, a gasoline-powered engine seamlessly operates to extend the driving range another 244 miles on a full tank.
"This is an ideal setup for my daily commute to the campus, plus it has the capability of making longer trips when necessary," Dr. Ransdell said.
WKU has been recognized on several occasions for its energy conservation and sustainability efforts, including being named in Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges in 2010 and 2011; being named a Tree Campus USA; and becoming a pilot campus in the Alliance to Save Energy/TVA Green Campus Network.
WKU has initiated an Energy Savings Performance Contract to reduce energy consumption; converted the central steam plant from coal to natural gas; adjusted break periods to reduce energy costs; and made a commitment to build to LEED standards in all new construction and renovation.
"We have reduced our energy consumption 15 percent since 2005 even as we've grown our campus and campus population," Dr. Ransdell said. "This is one of the most visible measures of our commitment to sustainability and being good stewards of our resources."
Dr. Ransdell said the fact that Volt is made in the U.S. was an additional factor in his selection. "I like driving an American-made vehicle and supporting jobs in the U.S.," he said.
This story was posted on 2011-11-04 10:42:47
Printable: this page is now automatically formatted for printing.
Have comments or corrections for this story? Use our contact form and let us know.
To sponsor news and features on ColumbiaMagazine, please use our contact form.
More articles from topic Technology News:
Commentary: We are texting way too much
Adair County School District goes wireless, iPad friendly
Tech/Link: A rural take on proposed phone giants merger
TECH: Should hotspots around Adair catalogued, be in a Directory?
A Little More Likeable CM
Today's CM TechLinkClick: To 12 Technologies on the way out
The LIKE button: A question for the CM Tech Guy
Tech: Anybody reading CM on a Chromebook?
Photography: TechLink to New camera will refocus, later
Inaugural Camp Energy gets 28 rising 4th-8th Graders energized
View even more articles in topic Technology News
Click for Info
Bank of Columbia
If You're Thinking of Selling,
Let Us Do the Yelling
Principal Broker & Auctioneer
Burton Real Estate
& Auction Service
Call Us For Appraisals
Click for Listings
On This Site
or Click Here
The Best of
Local Stories of
The Greatest Generation
Order Book or e-Book
See who's celebrating
Birthdays and Anniversaries
Special Events List
Find Great Stuff in
Antiques, Help Wanted,
Autos, Real Estate,
Legal Notices, More...
ColumbiaMagazine.com content is available as an RSS/XML feed for your RSS reader or other news aggregator.
Contact us: Columbia Magazine and columbiamagazine.com are published by D'Zine, Ltd., PO Box 906, Columbia, KY 42728.