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April 23, 2012
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  • S.C. university converts part of fleet to run on propane autogas
    The University of South Carolina is converting part of its fleet to run on propane autogas. Under an initiative called Genesis 2015, the university is converting its fleet to run on a variety of fuels, including biodiesel, electricity and hydrogen. Propane autogas is cleaner, cheaper and packs more power than regular gasoline because of its higher octane rating, said Mike Suddeth of Suddeth Automotive, which is partnering with the university in the project. WIS-TV (Columbia, S.C.) (4/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Indiana county's schools will use propane-fueled buses
    Schools in Tippecanoe County, Ind., this past week displayed one of five new buses powered by propane autogas that will be deployed by the end of the school year. The schools hope to save money through the conversion. "It's a clean-burning fuel and it's much safer for the children," said Kevin Neafie, the schools' director of transportation. WLFI-TV (West Lafayette, Ind.) (4/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Research & Development 
  • Oil-spill-response systems are expanded in the Gulf of Mexico
    Two years after the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, the Marine Spill Response Corp. has increased its fleet of deepwater skimming vessels, planes for spraying chemical dispersants and booms for trapping crude, said Randall Luthi, president of the National Ocean Industries Association. The company has also devoted funds to low-visibility spill-detection systems, said spokeswoman Judith Roos. "There is no doubt that this is an industry that's better prepared to respond," Luthi said. (4/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • N.J. students learn about renewable energy for Earth Day
    The Sussex County Municipal Utilities Authority and the Wallkill River Watershed Management Group in New Jersey immersed students in activities and lectures to raise environmental awareness in support of Earth Day. A total of 400 students from second to seventh grades participated in the Earth Energy Day program. Eastern Propane and East Coast Alternative Energy were among the groups that sponsored educational events in the program. (N.J.) (4/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Leadership & Management 
  • Do you know your own prejudices?
    You don't have to be a racist to discriminate against people, writes Leigh Steere. Many people bring subconscious biases into their business dealings, and it takes effort to root out and erase those prejudices. "Because each of us harbors unique biases, based on upbringing, culture and schooling, one-size-fits-all corporate programs may not help you truly appreciate and respect diversity," Steere warns. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (4/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Wellness, prevention help Chrysler hold down health costs
    A focus on preventive care and wellness for employees and spouses helped Chrysler Group hold health care spending flat during 2011, after a 9% increase in 2010. Chrysler urges workers to get an annual physical, gives free flu shots and offers healthy cafeteria foods, fitness centers and a health care clinic. The Detroit News (4/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  PERC News 
  • Council Approves Mower Program, Re-elects Officers
    The Propane Education & Research Council approved at its meeting in Atlanta on April 13 an incentive program designed to put as many as 600 propane-fueled commercial mowers into service nationwide. It also re-elected its officers for another one-year term. Read more about the meeting. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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