Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 69.73
Liaison Lindsey Lyons
Submission Date April 30, 2012
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Dickinson College
IN-3: Innovation 3

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Daniel Webster
Sustainability Projects Coordinator
Center for Sustainability Education
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A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:

The Biodiesel Shop is a student-led, student-managed project at Dickinson College, dedicated toward providing the college campus with a sustainable, alternative fuel source. Through the esterification process, waste vegetable oil (WVO), donated by Smarter Fuels, is converted into Biodiesel that can be used in a number of vehicles by campus operations and The Dickinson College Organic Farm.

Their particular achievement in the past year is their re-build of the entire shop. For the past four years, they were using equipment that was particularly amenable for a home-brew system. In 2011, The Biodiesel program was donated $20,000 worth of processing equipment. Over the past year, a group of students led by Sam Parker, the program’s student manager, designed and built a system capable of outputting nearly twice the amount of biodiesel we could accommodate previously. Additionally, this implementation will make the shop safer and more of an aesthetic attraction for a campus audience.

This achievement marks another sizeable, sustainable, and innovative product that Dickinson College students provide to this community.

+ Date Revised: June 6, 2012

A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise:
The website URL where information about the innovation is available:
http://www.dickinson.edu/centers/sustainability/content/Biodiesel_Program/
+ Date Revised: Feb. 5, 2013

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