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Husky Fried Ride collaboration recognized

Monday, May 18, 2009

ST. CLOUD, Minn. – The partnership that made possible the Husky Fried Ride, a Metro Bus fueled by waste cooking oil, has received a 2008-09 Innovative Partnering and Collaboration Award from the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system.  The selection by MnSCU academic and student affairs administrators recognized the project for its sustainability, the benefits it provides to all partners and its impact on students.

The St. Cloud Metro Bus vehicle powered by recycled deep fryer vegetable oil was unveiled in conjunction with Earth Day festivities in April 2008.  The 40-foot New Flyer bus is powered by a mixture of 70 percent recycled vegetable oil and 30 percent diesel fuel.  The vegetable oil, which would otherwise be hauled away, comes from deep fryers at St. Cloud State, where Sodexo provides foodservice for Garvey Commons and the Atwood Memorial Center.  

The environmentally-friendly vehicle, Metro Bus #701, operates on Husky Shuttle park-and-ride routes and on four Campus Clipper routes to student housing areas throughout St. Cloud.  Annual ridership on the bus, which travels about 15,000 miles a year, is estimated to be 120,000 students, faculty members and staff.

"The Husky Fried Ride has shown students that while global exploration of sustainable concepts is important," said Wanda Overland, vice president for Student Life & Development at St. Cloud State, "collaborating with others on a local basis can have an immediate impact on our carbon footprint." 

In addition to funding by Sodexo Food Services, the St. Cloud Metropolitan Transit Commission and the Earth Day Half Marathon, support was provided by St. Cloud State Student Government, Rheaum’s House of Lettering, which helped with the cost of the colorful bus wrap, and staff and students at the Lindgren Child Care Center on campus.   The children, who learned about fuel, energy and environmentalism in conjunction with the project, conducted a used book sale to raise $300 to purchase a recycled oil storage tank.

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Contacts:

David Tripp, Metro Bus executive director, 320-529-4482

Steve Miller, general manager, Campus Dining Services-Sodexo, 320-308-2139

Wanda Overland, St. Cloud State vice president, 320-308-3111.

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