|Mammoth Cave NP Safety Officer Mark Rich holds awards |
the park received for being a pioneer in using alternative
fuels in its vehicle fleet.
Mammoth Cave received one of twelve Pioneer Fleets of the Green Fleets of the Bluegrass Program awards at the Kentucky Clean Fuels Coalition winter meeting at Bernheim Forest. Each "pioneer" is working to improve the environmental performance of their vehicle fleets by reducing petroleum fuel use.
Mammoth Cave National Park is a Pioneer Member of the Green Fleets of the Bluegrass program. Mammoth Cave is the first national park in the country to utilize 100 percent alternative fuels and advanced technologies in their fleet. Biodiesel is used with all heavy duty equipment, including the Green River ferry boats. Low speed electric vehicles are utilized by campground staff, and all cave tour buses use propane. More than 90 percent of the vehicles used by Mammoth Cave run on either E10 or E85. The park partners with concessionaire Forever Resorts to enable both park and hotel vehicles to share the park's refueling station. Mammoth Cave is a member of the Kentucky Clean Fuels Coalition.
The other recipients of the Pioneer Fleets award:
Breathitt County Board of Education; Jefferson County Public Schools; Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection; Kentucky Division of Fleet Management; Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government; Louisville Regional Airport Authority; Mercer Transportation Company; Murray State University; Transit Authority of River City UPS Waste Management of Kentucky.
Did You Know?
In 1841, cave owner Dr. John Croghan believed the cave air might cure his patients suffering from tuberculosis. He brought 16 patients into Mammoth Cave that winter and housed them in stone and wood huts. After some perished, they left the cave, for of course the cave air offered no cure.
Source: Mammoth Cave National Park