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Fred Poston is MSU’s vice president for finance and operations and treasurer.  Poston leads MSU’s sustainability initiatives.

Poston says the buildings going up on campus these days are all LEED-certifiable at various levels.

“We don’t certify all of them because it costs money to do that, but we do certify a few as we go.”

Poston is always working on MSU’s transportation fleet.

“The flex-fuel and hybrid vehicles are very popular with our staff,” says Poston.  “And we’re keeping our eye on the development of electric vehicles to see if we can add some of those to our fleet.

“We’re also looking at a car sharing program, and we’ve expanded our bicycle shop on campus for people to rent when they’re on campus.”

Click on the arrow above to hear part two of Poston’s August 27 Greening of the Great Lakes conversation with Kirk HeinzeGreening of the Great Lakes airs every Friday evening at 7 on News/Talk 760 WJR.

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