Because of extremely cold winter temperatures, the truck starts and stops on regular diesel, but automatically switches over to vegetable oil as soon as the engine warms up – usually about 15 minutes, Gardner says. The computer screen tells the driver when the switch occurs. Gardner says they’ve been getting their oil from Full Circle Automotive, but with help from the college’s Sunday Night Group, a campus coalition of student environmental groups, the team will soon switch to oil from the college dining halls.
Gardner believes most sports by definition are energy-consuming activities and that athletes need to be aware of how they can reduce their environmental impact. “Issues around global warming and climate change I think feed into skiers concerns more significantly than, say, if you’re on a basketball court,” he says. “The glaciers I’ve been to when I was training as an athlete are different now and that’s unnerving. Working in athletics you find a lot of winter-sport athletes willing to adopt sustainability issues more quickly than traditional athletes, but I hope that what we’re doing will bleed into other sports as well.”
Source: Middlebury College