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California: Using Exercise Machines to Power Up Campus

By: KOVR/CBS
By: KOVR/CBS

Students and staff at Sacramento State in California are doing more than just shaping up when they step on an exercise machine.

They're actually powering the campus.

It’s not just about staying fit anymore at the well on Sac State's campus.

Students are sweating it out to reduce their carbon footprint.

The university recently started a program through S-M-U-D.

19 elliptical machines in their gym are now hooked up to the campus power grid.

And, each student can track how much energy he or she is putting out simply by logging into the system.

Their output shows up on a screen.

And, a bulb lights up brighter the harder students work.

Combined, these gym goers can be pretty powerful.

The university also hopes it motivates students to be more aware of the ways they can help the environment, one step at a time.

It’s still a pretty new idea but in the four months since it was launched, they accumulated 192 kilowatt hours which can power a home for more than 2 days.


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