Editorial / Poll: FGCU ... a better route to ‘green’

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Florida Gulf Coast University has an idea to encourage more students to drive eco-friendly motor vehicles. FGCU plans to expand an incentive for cars meeting certain federal standards for good mileage and clean emissions. Having passed a test at a dormitory area, green cars would get to park closer to their destinations such as classroom and office buildings.

Sounds intriguing — though some people might ask whether motorists with such priorities might also miss the opportunities for the healthy exercise of walking.

Campus police say they plan a grace period, issuing warnings rather than tickets. After that, officials say, unauthorized cars taking up “green” parking spaces would get $30 tickets.

We encourage FGCU to do what ought to come naturally and accentuate the education angle for a lot more than two weeks. Spare us the green police.

But instead of offering preferred parking, which might go unused at times and be wasted, why not do something doubly green and offer a modest tuition rebate, which in a small way — a very small way — would help pay for the car? Say $30, the price of a violation, for starters?

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