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Renewable Home Heating Available to Employees and Students

July 11, 2007

A partnership between the UNH’s Climate Education Initiative and Proulx Oil and Propane of Newmarket once again brings renewable home heating to UNH employees and students this coming fall and winter.

Proulx is offering bioheat (B20) - a mix of 20% biodiesel and 80% heating oil - at a fixed price of $2.629 per gallon during the home heating season (October 1 April 30) with no pre-buy requirement to employees and students. This offer is only available through August 1. Downside protection -- the ability to pay less per gallon should market costs drop and no more than $2.629 per gallon even if market prices increase -- is also available for 15 cents per gallon.

In addition, Proulx will also donate $5 from each bioheat contract signed to both the fund established to support the daughters of former UNH Office of Sustainability associate director -- and great supporter of renewable energy -- Crescentia Healy-True, who passed away in 2006 from breast cancer, and the New Hampshire Carbon Challenge, a non-profit group located at UNH dedicated to helping New Hampshire households reduce their carbon dioxide emissions by 10,000 pounds per year. (Take the Challenge at carbonchallenge.sr.unh.edu.)

"We are deeply appreciative of Proulx Oil and Propane’s support of our efforts to encourage New Hampshire residents to reduce their household greenhouse gas emissions, said Denise Blaha and Julia Dundorf, co-founders of the New Hampshire Carbon Challenge. “Bioheat is an exciting way for homeowners to significantly reduce their carbon emissions while decreasing our collective reliance on foreign oil."

To sign up for bioheat home heating, call Donna Lund at Proulx at (800) 287-1921, mention the UNH program, and have your staff or student identification number ready. Or email Donna at info@proulxoilandpropane.com and put in the subject line "UNH Bioheat.

Bioheat can be used in existing oil-burning furnaces with no modification. A blend of traditional #2 heating oil and organic material such as refined vegetable oil, renewable bioheat is proven to burn cleaner than regular heating oil, thus reducing emissions of carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide, soot, and hydrocarbons. Bioheat also costs the same as traditional home heating oil sold by Proulx, and lessens reliance on foreign oil.

“Bioheat is a great renewable energy product and were very excited about it, said Jim Proulx, president of Proulx Oil and Propane. “With energy costs continuing to rise in much of the country, were pleased to be able to offer this opportunity to the UNH community.”

Proulx Oil and Propane is family owned and operated with over 60 years of service in New Hampshire and southern Maine. For more information, visit proulxoilandpropane.com.

“The evidence is clear that climate change is happening now in New England and that we need to lower our greenhouse gas emissions in as many ways as we can including by using locally-produced, renewable energy,” said Sara Cleaves, associate director of the Office of Sustainability. “UNH is committed to being a Climate Protection Campus that continuously reduces emissions and saves money through conservation, energy independence, research, and education. Likewise, Proulx Oil and Propane is committed to sustainability. We thank them for partnering with us to offer the UNH community another easy way to lessen our carbon footprint and for their generous donations to the daughters of our greatly missed friend Crescentia and to the New Hampshire Carbon Challenge.”

The longest-standing endowed sustainability program in higher education in the U.S., the UNH Office of Sustainability’s mission is to unite faculty, staff and students in facilitating the integration of sustainability across the university’s curriculum, operations, research, and engagement through four initiatives that follow four foundational systems of sustainability (our ecological, climate and energy, cultural, and food systems), and to advance sustainability in civic and community life across the state, region and nation.

From reductions in emissions of greenhouse gases to research in organic dairy farming, composting to courses on climate and public health, UNH is a recognized national leader in sustainability in higher education.

Discover sustainability at sustainableunh.unh.edu.

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