Shaver's Creek Adopts Environmentally Friendly Vehicle

February 27, 2003

Penn State has taken a step toward a greener fleet of cars, thanks to the purchase of its first hybrid vehicle for use by Shaver's Creek Environmental Center, the University's Outreach resource for environmental programming. Last year, Shaver's Creek employees asked Penn State Fleet Operations to research the benefits of a gasoline-electric powered vehicle, ultimately leading to the purchase of a Honda Civic Hybrid. The vehicle achieves about 50 miles per gallon on the highway and cuts the amount of greenhouse gas emissions by more than half, compared to gas-only minivans. Shaver's Creek programming includes travel to many area parks, schools and businesses. Some trips entail a steep seven-mile crossing of the Tussey Ridge bordering southern Centre County and northern Huntingdon County. When the driver brakes during the descent, battery energy is gained from running the vehicle's engine in reverse. For the full story, visit

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