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Niagara University unveils electric car charging station

Nico Santangelo

NIAGARA UNIVERSITY, NY – Niagara University unveiled a new electric car charging station on Sept 14 as part of its ongoing commitment to a greener campus.

Father James J. Maher, university president, was on hand to present the station to the public.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for the university to really embrace our new major and area of study on environmental studies,” said Maher.

Also in attendance was Dr. Mark Gallo, co-chair of Niagara University’s sustainability committee.

“We’ve just seen this past week that China says it’s going to stop using fossil fuels for their cars and go to electric,” said Gallo. “We here have the advantage of sitting next to one of the big hydropowers in our area.”

Gallo is referring to the New York Power Authority’s Niagara Power Project, which has been generating eco-friendly power since 1961.

“Our clean electricity comes thanks to the generosity of our good neighbor the New York Power Authority,” said Gallo.

Katelyn Ruszkowski, a recent graduate and MBA student, as well as a spearheading member of NU Goes Green, also spoke at the event.

“We recognize how important it is to lead the country,” said Ruszkowski, restating the university’s goal to become carbon neutral in the coming decades.

The new electric charging station is located in the lot next to the Castellani Art Museum and features two charging plugs for electric vehicles.

 

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