Earth Day Network, The UPS Foundation Launch First Large-Scale School Biodiesel Production Facility in the Northeast
Event in Newton Intended to Initiate National Biodiesel Education Day, Second Facility to Open in Seattle Area Soon
(3BL Media / theCSRfeed) May 11, 2011 - Newton, MA - Earth Day Network, in partnership with The UPS Foundation, today unveiled the first large-scale biodiesel production facility at a school in the region, as the centerpiece of Newton North High School’s showcase Biodiesel Production and Education Program.
The facility and program began through the initiative of Newton North teachers Matt Anderson and Steve Chinosi, who both belong to Earth Day Network’s 30,000-member Educators’ Network (http://edu.earthday.org/). Years ago, Anderson and Chinosi established the “Greengineering” Club of nearly two dozen students that not only produces biodiesel, but has also created reusable shopping bags out of recycled plastic ones. The “greengineers” serve as ambassadors, engaging the rest of the student population and community in raising environmental awareness.
The new facility, purchased with a The UPS Foundation grant, has the capacity to produce 40 gallons of biodiesel fuel per week. Students harvest waste vegetable oil - a necessary building block of biodiesel – from the school’s cafeteria, thereby reducing the school’s waste and the associated cost of removal. Initially, the final product will supply clean fuel to several diesel engine-driving teachers, with the intention of broadening the fuel’s usage throughout the community.
UPS (NYSE: UPS) is a global leader in logistics, offering a broad range of solutions including the transportation of packages and freight; the facilitation of international trade, and the deployment of advanced technology to more efficiently manage the world of business. Headquartered in Atlanta, UPS serves more than 220 countries and territories worldwide. The company can be found on the Web at UPS.com and its corporate blog can be found at blog.ups.com. To get UPS news direct, visit pressroom.ups.com/RSS About The UPS Foundation
UPS (NYSE: UPS) is a global leader in logistics, offering a broad range of solutions including the transportation of packages and freight; the facilitation of international trade, and the deployment of advanced technology to more efficiently manage the world of business. Since its founding in 1907, UPS has built a legacy as a caring and responsible corporate citizen, supporting programs that provide long-term solutions to community needs. Founded in 1951, The UPS Foundation, which celebrates its 60th anniversary in 2011, is responsible for facilitating community involvement to local, national, and global communities. The UPS Foundation can be found on the web at UPS.com/foundation. To get UPS news direct, visit pressroom.ups.com/RSS. UPS13756