Making Driving More Green?

Making Driving More Green?

Trent Johnson
Sep 3, 2009

Driving on Florida's Turnpike might be getting a bit more green thanks to a proposal to replace existing service plazas with "green" replacements. How can a service stop be green? Check it out after the jump ...

USA Today article "Rest stops get 'green' face lifts" describes how improvements being made to Florida's Turnpike include a plan to make to four of the eight gas-and-food rest areas more green. Spearheaded by Gov. Charlie Crist's campaign to reduce greenhouse gases, the turnpike authority will be working with the University of Florida to study the use of solar energy before beginning on the service plazas.

The new service plazas will comply with LEED standards, and will hopefully leave a lasting image with visitors regarding sustainability. The stations will be designed with the following green features:

  • High ceilings and plenty of glass for natural lighting
  • Outdoor seating area landscaped with indigenous, low water plans
  • Non-toxic paints and adhesives
  • Recyclable stones, tiles and wood made of native materials
  • Healthier Food Alternatives

Via USA Today.

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