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Gas Guzzling??. David LaFevor, Joanie McEnery, Liz Cooper. The Questions. What are the effects of the use of fossil fuels on the environment? Why else should we care? What is the level of awareness on campus about fuel efficiency, i.e. hybrid cars, alternative transport etc?

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gas guzzling

Gas Guzzling??

David LaFevor, Joanie McEnery, Liz Cooper

the questions
The Questions
  • What are the effects of the use of fossil fuels on the environment?
  • Why else should we care?
  • What is the level of awareness on campus about fuel efficiency, i.e. hybrid cars, alternative transport etc?
  • How much fuel do Rhodes students, faculty and administration use on a yearly basis? Whose cars are the most efficient?
  • What would students think about altering Campus Automobile Policy?
fossil fuels and the environment
Fossil Fuels and the Environment
  • Energy-related activities and automobile use are the primary sources of U.S. man-made greenhouse gas emissions, representing about 85 percent of the U.S. man-made total carbon-equivalent emissions in 1998.
why we should care
Why we should care.
  • Protect the Environment
  • Conserve Resources
  • Reduce Oil Imports (Dependence)
  • Save Money
student survey
Student Survey
  • Amount of Students Interviewed: 22
  • Types of Cars owned by students interviewed:
  • Dodge Durango
  • Nissan Maxima (2)
  • Mitsubishi Eclipse SpyderVolvo S40
  • Lexus LS
  • Chevy Trailblazer
  • Toyota Corolla
  • Mercedes Benz 2.3 190E
  • Nissan Pathfinder
  • Ford Explorer
  • Toyota 4-Runner
  • Jeep Cherokee
  • Acura Integra
  • Nissan Altima
  • Jeep Grand Cherokee (2)
  • Nissan Xterra (2)
  • Ford Focus (2)
  • Ford Expedition
physical plant survey
Physical Plant Survey
  • 1. How long have you worked at the Rhodes Physical Plant?
    • 17 years
    • 2 months
    • 6 years
    • Have you seen much change in what they are doing to protect/preserve the environment?


-”It is always changing, everyday. . .the use of chemicals, planning. . .to preserve the integrity of campus”

-”yes, a lot in the last few years”

survey continued
Survey Continued. . .
  • 3. What types of changes have there been?

-”chemicals are 90% biodegradable, can control buildings with energy management”

-”campus green, recycling cans/paper/glass, cleaning products are environmentally safe”

  • How do you feel about the implementation of Hybrid cars as standard Rhodes vehicles?

-”sure, I would be in favor”

-”I support it and I think one professor has one”

  • How do you think this would affect the campus as a whole?

-”It would be beneficial to the image of Rhodes College”

-”It could save money in the long run”

the numbers
The Numbers
  • Automobiles Registered at Rhodes: 3,827
  • Average Miles Per Gallon: 19.9
  • Average Yearly Fuel Cost: $1087.30
  • Average Vehicle Output of Greenhouse Gases: 9.9 tons
currently available hybrid electric options
Currently Available Hybrid/Electric Options
  • Advantages
  • 61 MPG City Driving
  • $ 2,000 Tax Deduction
  • 3.1 tons of Greenhouse Gas emissions (compared to average of about 10)
  • $363 per year fuel cost

Honda Insight

  • Although students seem to be aware of the negative affects of the use of fossil fuels, few seem to be willing to alter their current mode of transportation.
  • As a whole, the Rhodes community drives fuel inefficient cars; but there are significant numbers of fuel efficient vehicles on campus.
  • Hybrid cars are becoming a more and more attractive option due to a number of incentives and their increasing use on campus would not only be a positive influence on the community as a whole, but would actually save money in the long run.