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Crist gives props to 'green' UF-FSU game



Former college footballer Gov. Charlie Crist, never one to pass up a good football rivalry, is even more pumped than usual about Saturday's UF-FSU game in Gainesville.Cristfball

That's because UF is taking steps to offset the greenhouse gases produced by the game, and Crist is on a big conservation push in recent months.

This afternoon he released a statement commending UF for its efforts.

"Florida is one of the greatest rivalries in college football," said the FSU graduate. "To experience this setting in a carbon-neutral way sets a great example for the rest of the nation."

UF will be the first college in the nation to try to offset the greenhouse gases produced by the game — from lighting and stadium operations to the vehicles fans and players use to get to the Swamp. UF, working with the Florida Forestry Association and Environmental Defense, will manage 18 acres of pine (that’s about the size of 14 football fields, sports fans) in rural North Florida for the next 10 years to offset the estimated 1,750 metric tons of carbon dioxide generated Saturday.

UF is already a state university system leader in its sustainability and conservation efforts, and officials worked with the International Carbon & Bank Exchange to calculate the carbon emissions. Carbon dioxide comes from the burning of fossil fuels from power plants and vehicles and is the leading cause of global warming.Swamp

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:27am]


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