The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) is increasing its commitment to sustainability through a first-time membership in the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), an association of colleges and universities working to create a more sustainable world.

Through its AASHE membership, PERC will inform higher education institutions on the benefits of using clean, low-emission propane equipment as part of their sustainability initiatives. PERC also plans to help campuses identify opportunities to convert gasoline- or diesel-fueled equipment to propane, including lawn mowers, vehicles, buses, and generators.

“Propane is the leading alternative fuel in the U.S. and helps thousands of businesses, fleets, contractors, and consumers meet their economic and environmental goals,” said Roy Willis, PERC CEO and president. “We want to help bring the same fuel-efficient technologies to campuses through equipment demonstrations, incentives, and educational programs that will help AASHE members reduce their carbon footprint and save money.”

According to Willis, the simple act of specifying alternative fuels like propane into contracts versus conventional fuels can make an impact in helping campus communities reduce their carbon footprint.

“The simple switch from a gasoline-powered mower to propane can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 20 percent,” Willis said. “And that’s just one example – propane offers greenhouse gas and emission reductions in vehicles and other applications, too.”

AASHE enables colleges and universities to meet their sustainability goals by providing resources, professional development, and a network for sharing information. There are over 800 AASHE members to-date, and the public can access AASHE’s free sustainability resources here.

Michael Taylor is Director of Propane Autogas Business Development at PERC. The mission of PERC is to promote the safe, efficient use of odorized propane gas as a preferred energy source. For more information on PERC or to apply for available propane equipment incentives, visit this site.

In this video, Roy Willis and Peter Greenberg discuss the advantages and advancements of the propane industry and new ways to use the fuel year-round.

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