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Environmentally friendly lawn equipment donated to State Tech

When fall classes begin next week, the students of the Commercial Turf and Grounds Management program at State Technical College of Missouri will be introduced to a whole new line of environmentally friendly lawn equipment.

As a result of a recent donation by the Missouri Propane Education & Research Council (MO-PERC), CTG students will have the opportunity to use propane-fueled lawn equipment. 




Commercial Turf and Grounds professionals take a closer look at the propane-fueled mower.


According to Ryan Klatt, department chair of the CTG program, the students’ exposure to the propane-fueled equipment will familiarize them with this new technology and better prepare them for their future pursuits in the commercial and turf industry.

“Our curriculum involves teaching students about practices that reduce environmental impact,” said Klatt.  ‘Propane is a great solution not only because it is non-polluting, but it makes good business sense as well.”

At a recent presentation and demonstration of the propane-fueled lawn equipment, Senator Frank Barnitz, D-Lake Spring, applauded STC’s efforts to utilize cleaner-burning, energy-saving equipment on campus.  “We have worked on a state level to encourage ingenuity in the field of alternative energy, and this project is just one example of the steps that State Technical College of Missouri is working to improve upon by increasing their energy efficiency.”

“My hat is off to State Technical College of Missouri and MO-PERC for coming together to form this partnership,” said Representative Tom Loehner, Republican Representative of 112th District.  “This is a partnership that is not only going to benefit the environment but the students who will be educated here at the college and eventually be in the workforce.”





Linn City Alderman Ronda Thompson and Osage County Presiding Commissioner Russell Scheulen check out the propane powered weed eater at the MO-PERC presentation and donation on August 12, 2010.







According to Steve Ahrens, MO-PERC Executive Director, propane is a good clean-burning alternative to gasoline especially in the lawn mower industry.  “Compared to conventional mowers, propane-fueled mowers reduce green house emissions by 48 percent,” said Ahrens. 

Ahrens encouraged commercial turf and grounds professionals in attendance to consider propane-fueled mowers for their businesses.  “The commercial mowers have a longer run time, less maintenance and better fuel economy,” commented Ahrens.  “Propane mowers reduce emissions up to 90 percent according to the Environmental Protection Agency, compared to a conventional mower that pollutes just as much as 40 new cars.”

For more than 25 years, STC has given consideration to cost effective, reliable, sustainable and environmentally friendly alternatives on campus and in the classroom.   “You can say that we were “green” before going green was even a consideration,” commented Dr. Donald Claycomb, STC President.   “The clean-burning properties of propane-fueled lawn equipment are a natural fit for STC’s progressive outlook toward reducing our carbon footprint.  We thank MO-PERC for their generous donation and support on this initiative.”

With more than 35 programs, State Technical College of Missouri is Missouri’s only public two-year technical college with a statewide mission.   STC has campuses in Linn, Mexico and Jefferson City.  STC prepares students for profitable employment and a life of learning.   

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