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Director of Communication
City Farm Inks Deal with Loyola University Chicago
to Purchase Biodiesel Fuel
Local Farm to Use the Fuel in Delivery Vehicles
CHICAGO, August 3, 2011—Loyola University Chicago’s biodiesel program is pleased to announce its latest partner, Resource Center’s City Farm. The City Farm, a sustainable vegetable farm bordering the Cabrini Green and Gold Coast neighborhoods, has agreed to purchase biodiesel fuel from the University to power its delivery van.
Loyola University Chicago is the only University in the nation with a license to sell its biodiesel fuel. This partnership will allow the University to fuel City Farm’s delivery van, which is a major part of the organization’s efforts to carry out its perishable food recovery program that picks up food to be thrown away, and drops it off at local soup kitchens and food pantries. The van travels to pick up foods at Whole Foods, Panera Bread, and more
“This is win-win partnership for us because our goal is to operate as the most sustainable organization as possible,” said Andy Rozendaal, Director of Urban Agriculture. “We are excited to expand our relationship with Loyola’s biodiesel program as we expand the farm. We hope to run all of our vehicles with Loyola’s gas.”
City Farm supplies some of the city’s most well recognized chefs with produce, including Rick Bayless. The farm stand is open to the public Tuesdays through Fridays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information about the Resource Center and City Farm, visit resourcecenterchicago.org.
About the Loyola Biodiesel Program
The Loyola University Chicago Center for Urban Environmental Research and Policy’s (CUERP) biodiesel program has become the first school program in the United States to be licensed by state and federal authorities to produce and sell its biodiesel fuel. The program has received the approval of the Environmental Protection Agency, Internal Revenue Service, Illinois Department of Revenue, and the National Biodiesel Board.
Loyola’s first customer was The Free Enterprise System, Inc., the company that runs the University’s shuttle service between its Chicago-based Lake Shore and Water Tower campuses. Purchasing biodiesel fuel from Loyola allows the company to run its six Loyola buses with less diesel fuel, which is one of the dirtiest fuels and is known to release large amounts of carbon dioxide, polluted “dust,” and sulfur compounds that can cause lung problems and lead to acid rain. The move helped eliminate the use of nearly 3,000 gallons of diesel fuel every year on the shuttles. In addition, the Chicago Park District was trained by our biodiesel program leaders and recently used their Loyola education to convert waste from the Taste of Chicago into biodiesel fuel. For more on the biodiesel program at Loyola, visit LUC.edu/biodiesel.
“The growth and success of our biodiesel lab has been amazing and we will continue to expand not only our production and sales, but also our outreach to schools, small businesses, and individuals interested in biodiesel,” said Zach Waickman, lab manager for the biodiesel program. “We’re essentially a small business looking to become financially sustainable by finding unique ways to benefit the environment.”
“Our work has just begun, as our biodiesel program plans to collaborate with other universities in the Chicagoland area to collect waste vegetable oil, convert it into biodiesel fuel, and then sell it to other community circulator buses and universities,” said Nancy Tuchman, vice provost and former director of CUERP, “I’m so proud of what our students have accomplished thus far. With their passion for finding solutions that protect the environment, they’re making Loyola University Chicagoa greener place to live, work, and study.”
About the Center for Urban Environmental Research and Policy
Established in 2005, the Center for Urban Environmental Research and Policy (CUERP) is an interdisciplinary program focusing on research of the urban landscape and how human populations interact with this landscape. CUERP is committed to teaching and training through the integration of a variety of academic departments and the Environmental Studies/Science Program. Additionally, outreach to the local community is fundamental to CUERP’s mission of advancing the understanding and appreciation of the urban environment. For more information, visit LUC.edu/cuerp.
About Loyola University Chicago
Committed to preparing people to lead extraordinary lives, Loyola University Chicago, founded in 1870, is the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic university. Enrollment is nearly 16,000 students, which includes more than 10,000 undergraduates hailing from all 50 states and 82 countries. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy. Loyola also serves as the U.S. host university to The Beijing Center for Chinese Studies in Beijing, China, and now features an academic center in Saigon-Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Loyola’s 10 schools and colleges include arts and sciences, business administration, communication, education, graduate studies, law, medicine, nursing, continuing and professional studies, and social work. Loyola offers 71 undergraduate majors, 71 undergraduate minors, 85 master’s degrees, and 31 doctoral degrees. Loyola is consistently ranked among the top national universities by U.S.News & World Report, and the University is among a select group of universities recognized for community service and engagement by prestigious national organizations, such as the Carnegie Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service. For more information about Loyola, please visit LUC.edu.