Magazine article University Business

Biofueling Busses

Magazine article University Business

Biofueling Busses

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WHEN ZACH WAICKMAN WAS A SENIOR AT Loyola University Chicago, he had just completed an internship with a major news network in Chicago and planned to pursue a career within his communication major. But, a course focused on biodiesel completely changed his path.

Waickman, who graduated in 2008, is now working toward obtaining his MBA and is biodiesel lab manager for Loyola's Center for Urban Environmental Research, facilitating students in the process of turning waste grease into biodiesel to fuel the university's shuttle busses.

"It's a shame when a school puts their biodiesel project in the hands of facilities management," he says. "This can really be tapped as a multiuse project where we're handling some of the university's waste, providing the university with some sustainable inputs, using the whole process as a living example of sustainability."

Loyola isn't alone. Students at institutions across the country are harnessing the power of waste grease to fuel shuttles on their campuses, proving that more than coronary disease can come from the flied food offerings on the breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus in most college and university dining halls.

At Loyola, the Solutions to Environmental Problems (STEP) course where Waickman found his passion--focuses on one environmental issue at a time, allowing students from all disciplines to come up with project ideas and work off each other's progress semester to semester. The class has since moved on to focus on food systems and water. …

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