Owings Mills, MD
Andrew founded CU Biodiesel, working to switch the bus fleets of the University of Colorado and the City of Boulder from petroleum diesel fuel to vegetable oil-based biodiesel fuel. What started as a class project to turn cafeteria fryer grease into diesel fuel grew to include an ongoing region-wide education program, construction of biodiesel processors for refueling, and a commitment from the City of Boulder to begin fueling its entire city bus fleet with biodiesel. Running vehicles on biodiesel requires little or no modification of the standard diesel engine – which was originally designed to burn peanut oil – and biodiesel can be mixed with petroleum diesel. Using biodiesel eliminates sulfur dioxide emissions (the source of acid rain), reduces carbon monoxide emissions by over 40%, soot emissions by 50%, and net carbon dioxide (a greenhouse gas) emissions by as much as 100% versus petroleum diesel. The exhaust from petroleum diesel vehicles is now officially listed by state and federal authorities as a cancer-causing agent. “The biodiesel movement now is gaining momentum globally and growing rapidly,” Andrew said hopefully.