On the Radio: ISU’s BioBus Club uses vegetable oil to create fuel for local buses


Photo by manop, Flickr.
Photo by manop, Flickr.

Listen to this week’s radio segment here or read the transcript below. This week’s segment discusses the BioBus Club at Iowa State University.

Iowa State University’s BioBus Club recycles vegetable oil into biodiesel fuel.

This is the Iowa Environmental Focus.

Iowa State University’s BioBus Club has now been around for three years. This club converts waste vegetable oil from the dining facilities around ISU into biodiesel fuel to power the city of Ames’ CyRide buses. This fuel significantly reduces the harmful emissions released by the vehicles.

The BioBus Club consists of students, faculty and community members from many different fields. Because of this, the club not only helps the environment, but also serves as a valuable cross-disciplinary learning program.

Future plans for the club include working with ISU students through interactive classrooms to encourage more student involvement.

To find out more about the BioBus Club and other ISU sustainability projects, visit IowaEnvironmentalFocus.org.

From the UI Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research, I’m Jerry Schnoor.

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