When it comes to reducing their carbon
footprint, biodiesel is a municipal darling.
This includes the queen of the green cit-ies—
the City of Seattle. The city’s Green
Action Fleet Plan has a goal of reduc-ing
carbon emissions by more than 40
percent by 2020, and biodiesel is helping.
Seattle now uses nearly 200,000 gallons
of biodiesel per year in a 20 percent
blend, and proactively educates other
fleets interested in biodiesel.
The American Lung Association in Illinois
says that if you want to save money on
health costs, use biodiesel! “Vehicles
fueled with B20 biodiesel generate
less harmful emissions that contribute
to asthma, bronchitis, cardiovascular
disease and other health ailments. Con-sidering
hospitalizations, lost work days
and other health costs, using B20 saves
an estimated $1.22 million.
ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Legendary musician Willie Nelson helped
propel biodiesel into becoming a house-hold
word in the early 2000s, using biodie-sel
in his tour bus, promoting its benefits
in media interviews, and even having
his own brand of fuel. In 2006, he was a
keynote speaker at the National Biodiesel
Conference and Expo in San Diego.
The Philadelphia Eagles finally won their
first Super Bowl, but biodiesel helps the
team as an environmental winner. At
Lincoln Financial Field, used cooking oil
is recycled into biodiesel, which is then
used to power the stadium’s lawn mow-ers.
Sustainable efforts like this helped
make Super Bowl 52 the first to reach
Jackson Hole Mountain Resort in Wyo-ming
may be famous for its challenging
terrain, an aerial tram and a lively base
village, but behind the scenes, this popu-lar
ski and snowboarding resort relies on
biodiesel. Blends power its fleet of snow
cats and plows even when temperatures
plunge to 30 below.
From motorcycles to pickup trucks,
biodiesel has powered multiple land
speed records. Using a mostly stock
Ford F-250 pickup truck, Brent Hajek
and his team in 2011 first achieved a
record speed of 171.123 mph running
on regular diesel. The team then filled
the tank with the B20 biodiesel blend,
and broke the record with a speed of
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