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Messiah College uses flower power to save money, environment

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GRANTHAM, Pa. (WHTM) -

Messiah College has been around for over 100 years, but they're trying something for the first time this year. The school is a couple of months into what they are calling, "The Sunflower Power project."

The project is Messiah's latest effort in a commitment to sustainability, which is the discipline of using natural resources without destroying the ecological balance of an area.

The school is growing five acres of sunflower plants. They plan to squeeze the oil out of the sunflower seeds, then use that oil to cook with at the campus dining hall. They will then use the used cooking oil to fuel campus vehicles.

"From the field we hope to get about 500 gallons of oil and from that we'll lose some in the cooking process," said Mike Zummo, Messiah's Biodiesel Project Manager. "We'll probably get about 400 gallons we can make bio-fuel with."

The college has been recycling its cooking oil for the last three years to power some of its vehicles and heat some of its buildings.  This, however, is the first time the school will grow the fuel source.

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