Replacing gasoline with propane reduces greenhouse gas emissions. (photo source)

An alumnus who is doing his part to help Indiana go green says that the values that inform his business decisions today come from a class he took at IWU.

The Muncie Star-Press has a story about Kenneth Jackson II, a Sweetser native and the owner of the Muncie-based Heartland Ambulance Service. Jackson is in the process of refitting his 25-car ambulance fleet to run on propane, which the Department of Energy says is more environmentally friendly than gasoline.

According to the Star-Press, Heartland is believed to be the first ambulance service in the state of Indiana to make this change.

The Alternative Fuels Data Center describes propane as “a domestically produced, well-established, clean-burning fuel.” Propane is a nontoxic fuel which produces less carbon monoxide and other greenhouse gases than gasoline. Converting a gas-burning vehicle to propane can reduce (though not eliminate) its carbon footprint.

“Using propane as a vehicle fuel increases energy security, provides convenience and performance benefits, and improves public health and the environment,” the AFDC declares.

Jackson told the StarPress that his desire to create “green jobs” with his ambulance service came from his time at IWU:

Jackson learned his environmental ethics from a “World Changers” class at Indiana Wesleyan University, an evangelical Christian school where he majored in business management.

“There’s a bigger picture,” Jackson said during an interview from behind a large executive desk in his office in the Airpark Industrial Center. “It’s not all about you. Sometimes you have to stop and think what else is out there.

Jackson’s 24-hour ambulance service has stations in Kokomo and Muncie and employs more than 100 people.

Read the full story here.

Slider photo: Serge Melki