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Trees, bio-diesel buses highlight Arbor Day at Georgia Southern

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STATESBORO, GA (WTOC) -

Students and professors planted 500 cypress seedlings along Beautiful Eagle Creek on the Georgia Southern University campus. Trees produce oxygen and help the environment.

"Students and trees are both going to grow and be part of our future," explained assistant professor of biology Subhrajit K. Saha.

In addition, university leaders unveiled two of the 12 biodiesel buses being added to their fleet. The current buses use compressed natural gas. 

"Biodiesel is more environmentally friendly and that's something more of our students want and expect," said university president Dr. Brooks Keel.

The California-made buses are also more wheelchair friendly.

"Our current models can take up to 20 minutes for a student to load. This model takes sixty seconds or less," noted Eddie Mills, associate vice president for auxiliary services.

Mills said the university would also add an app that would allow students to track bus arrival times at all campus stops. That service should begin this spring.

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