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Liaison Aaron Durnbaugh
Submission Date Jan. 17, 2014
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Loyola University Chicago
IN-2: Innovation 2

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Director of Sustainability
Office of Sustainability
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Title or keywords related to the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Only licensed university biodiesel program

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:

The Biodiesel Program was student built and continues to be run by students with the help of one staff member, the Biodiesel Lab Manager, to bring expertise and continuity to our efforts. Students have produced a financially self-sustaining education program that serves to demonstrate and enact sustainable solutions to real world problems. Student participation in the Biodiesel Program occurs in three ways:

1. Lab Fellowships, the taking the Waste-to Energy Lab course, and becoming a member in the Biodiesel Club.
2. Fellows get the chance to propose their own exploratory projects and work on them throughout the year while helping with the operations and outreach aspects of the Biodiesel Program. These paid positions have become the heart of successful day-to day operations and energetic outreach efforts.
3. The Waste-to Energy Lab course is a spinoff of STEP: Biodiesel, which allows students to learn about biodiesel while exploring other waste streams at Loyola that might be utilized for energy or saleable products. This one-credit lab course consists of student projects, hands-on lab experiments, and field trips to see waste systems in action.

What is unique about Loyola's Biodiesel program is that it is the only student run biofuel enterprise licensed by Local, State and Federal Authority to sell their product as a retail operation.


A brief description of any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation (if not reported above):

Hands-on experience comes while in the lab, where students learn the process of making biodiesel. From collecting the waste vegetable oil from the university's cafeterias to titrating the free fatty acid content, students are expected to learn and experience how to physically convert a waste product into a renewable fuel.

The Biodiesel Lab is primarily run by student fellows and students in our Biofuels Lab Course. These students oversee the production and sale of:
• Biodiesel
• BioSoap
• Tiki Torch Fuel
• Biodiesel Processors

New facility has capacity to produce 100,000 gallons of fuel per year and generate over $300,000 in sales.


A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise:
Which of the following STARS subcategories does the innovation most closely relate to? (Select all that apply up to a maximum of five):
Yes or No
Curriculum Yes
Research Yes
Campus Engagement Yes
Public Engagement Yes
Air & Climate Yes
Buildings Yes
Dining Services Yes
Energy Yes
Grounds No
Purchasing Yes
Transportation Yes
Waste Yes
Water Yes
Coordination, Planning & Governance Yes
Diversity & Affordability No
Health, Wellbeing & Work No
Investment No

Other topic(s) that the innovation relates to that are not listed above:
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The website URL where information about the innovation is available:

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