Eco-Friendly Vehicle Carries Environmental Leadership Award Home from D.C.

October 01, 2002

For an electrifying change of pace from his normal duties and a demonstration of Penn State's commitment to environmentally-friendly technologies, Paul Ruskin, communications coordinator for the Office of Physical Plant, drove the University's first electric hybrid vehicle to Washington, D.C., yesterday (Sept. 30) to accept a 2002 "Green Power Leadership Award" on behalf of the University. At the ceremony, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy recognized Penn State and other organizations for a recent landmark commitment to wind energy. The University's five-year contract to purchase 5 percent of the University Park campus's electrical needs from wind energy establishes Penn State as the second largest purchaser of wind energy in the nation. Ruskin hoped to get more than 50 miles a gallon during his trip in the experimental vehicle, and noted on his departure that University Fleet Operations sees much potential for the use of electric vehicles on campus in the future. For more information, visit For more on Penn State's environmental initiatives, go to

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