A van that runs on bio-diesel fuel is heading for Reis Park in Somer’s this Saturday at the invitation of the Girl Scout Troop 2276.
The girls are hosting a session about fuel choices as part of a learning session on the environment and breathing better in our communities.
Those who sign-up for the free 20-minute tour can check out this green van and watch a 20-minute video about global warming. This mobile classroom is an environmental outreach project from Westchester County. This retro-fitted van gets its fuel from the 10,000 gallons of used vegetable oil generated annually at county-owned concessions such as Playland and the restaurant at Glen Island Park, explains the county.
Jean Acebal of Somers, one of the troop’s leaders, said the goal is to alert people to issues of air quality and to show them some alternatives. The van uses recycled vegetable oil and, she said she was told that it might smell like french fries cooking as it travels into the park.
The event is free and will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. The troop is taking reservations (so that people don’t have to wait outside in the cold or keep their cars idling). For a reservation, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org