Rising Gas Prices Send Colleges on Search for Corners to Cut

Rising Gas Prices Send Colleges on Search for Corners to Cut 1

Andrea Keating, Central Florida Future

David Norvell, director of sustainability and energy management at the U. of Central Florida, tops up at the university's new ethanol filling station.

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Andrea Keating, Central Florida Future

David Norvell, director of sustainability and energy management at the U. of Central Florida, tops up at the university's new ethanol filling station.

With gasoline prices high again, universities are looking for ways to reduce their long-term reliance on the fuel.

Hybrid vehicles, ethanol, alternative-fuel research, and car-sharing programs are some of the ideas being examined or phased in at many larger institutions. The plans will take years to execute, but officials hope to have the fuel-price problem under control within the next few years.

Nationwide, the average price for regular gas was $3.70