Biodiesel now powers select ASU vehicles

February 27, 2013

Arizona State University continues making strides in sustainability with the implementation of biodiesel use in select vehicles of its facilities truck fleet.

The public and media are invited to attend a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the arrival of biodiesel at ASU slated for 10 a.m., Feb. 28, at the Material Services Building, 1711 S. Rural Road in Tempe. Download Full Image

Previous diesel consumption for ASU trucks and equipment averaged 10,000 gallons per year. It is estimated that ASU will reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory by 75 metric tons annually by switching to biodiesel fuel for its fleet.

Using biodiesel in ASU trucks and equipment squarely aligns with the university’s sustainability efforts and its Carbon Neutrality Action Plan: ASU’s sustainability goals include the mitigation of carbon emissions from transportation by 2035.

“Although converting 9,000 gallons of used vegetable oil into 7,500 gallons of biodiesel doesn’t seem like a large quantity for an institution the size of ASU, this project matches a material that would otherwise be a waste with a concrete reduction in our GHG inventory,” said Nick Brown, director of university sustainability practices at ASU. “As we take advantage of many small opportunities like this, we move closer to our goal of climate neutrality by 2035.”

Future plans include expanding biodiesel availability to other ASU campus departments and to local municipalities.

ASU’s biodiesel provider is REV BioDiesel. The company uses oil waste from ARAMARK, ASU’s food services provider, and converts it to biodiesel fuel. Many of ASU’s diesel fuel vehicles can run on B20, which is 20 percent biodiesel mixed with 80 percent petroleum diesel fuel. The majority of lawn and garden equipment the ASU grounds crew uses now runs on straight B99 fuel, 99 percent biodiesel that is mixed with only one percent petroleum diesel fuel. Brown Evans Distributing Company transports the biodiesel to the Tempe campus and fills the 1,000-gallon tank, located in the parking lot of the Material Services Building.

Brown Evans is owned and operated by ASU alumni, making it an ideal choice to be the distributing partner.

“Brown Evans has a long history of supporting ASU and is pleased to supply the university's biodiesel and participate in its fuel management,” said Kathye Brown, president of Brown Evans Distributing Co. “As a graduate of ASU’s School of Business and an ASU Alumni Association member, I am very proud to be able to play a role in supporting ASU in its sustainability efforts by being involved in the installation of the new biodiesel fueling station.”  

Shereen Shaw,
ASU Parking & Transit

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Marketing and communications manager, Business and Finance Communications Group


Managing director, journal editor earns Distinguished Service Award

February 27, 2013

The Society for Range Management recently honored Lori Hidinger for her work as editor of the peer-reviewed journal Rangelands.

Hidinger, the managing director for the Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes, was given an award for Distinguished Service for Editorial Excellence at the Society’s 66th Annual Meeting, Technical Training and Trade Show in Oklahoma City in February. She began her helm as editor in October 2009. Download Full Image

“It was a surprise, but it was very gratifying as I have spent a great deal of time trying to make Rangelands more accessible,” said Hidinger.

This is not the first recognition for her role as editor; earlier this year Hidinger received a Gold Excel Award from the Association of Media and Publishing for general excellence in a journal publication.

“Rangelands has gone from not making any money to breaking even under my editorship and I think that is one of the reasons for the award,” said Hidinger. “I believe Rangelands has become more visible under my leadership and I think the board was recognizing that.”

While Hidinger is proud of the work she has done as editor of Rangelands, she is quick to thank those who also contribute to the journal.

“Rangelands' success has been a team effort from the steering committee, the staff at Allen Press and all the authors and contributors,” said Hidinger. “It is everyone’s commitment that has helped improve the quality of the journal."