PERC Adds Equipment to National Park Service Fleet
The Propane Education & Research Council has given the National Park Service fleet at Kentucky’s Mammoth Cave another boost, donating $62,000 worth of equipment including three John Deere zero-turn mowers, two Generac portable generators, and a CleanFuel USA propane dispenser. updated July 11
The dispenser features CleanFuel USA new eConnect fuel network management system (F&F, April 14). The John Deere mowers were supplied by Kentucky’s Wright Implement.
“PERC’s generous donation of propane equipment will continue to help us reach our sustainability goals,” Mammoth Cave National Park acting superintendent Russell Runge says in a PERC release.
“Not only do the donations help MCNP become more environmentally friendly and better monitor fuel usage, but they also advance the National Park Service’s Green Parks Plan aimed at reducing dependence on foreign oil, mitigating effects of climate change, and conserving energy,” said PERC president and CEO Roy Willis.
Propane Buses and Pickups Too
PERC notes that MCNP also operates eight propane autogas-fueled Bluebird school buses and two propane autogas-fueled Roush CleanTech Ford F250 pickup trucks. “From shuttling patrons through the park to heating water and mowing grounds, MCNP provides a green experience for park employees and visitors,” the association said.
“We hope our efforts to use clean energy also set an example and encourage park visitors and our employees to embrace sustainability themselves,” Runge said.
Clean Cities Plays a Key Role
MCNP’s sustainability efforts, PERC says, began in the late 1990’s with the support of the Kentucky Clean Fuels Coalition, a Clean Cities Coalition partner: “KCFC was instrumental in securing the donation of the first eight propane autogas buses, as well as cultivating MCNP’s relationship with PERC.
“KCFC has been advocating for alternative fuel usage and supporting the National Park Service since it was established in 1993,” PERC says.
Propane for Mammoth Cave National Park is supplied by the Glasgow, Ky. arm of Southern States, a farmer-owned cooperative based in Richmond, Va.
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Source: PERC with Fleets & Fuels follow-up