Sunday, April 25, 2010

ACUI Excellence in Innovations for Sustainability Award

...UR Biodiesel was awarded the ACUI Excellence in Innovations for Sustainability Award this year. This is a national award commemorating our hard work to lower emissions in vehicles and to create a sustainable energy source. Check out the award at
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Thursday, October 8, 2009

Meliora Weekend 2009

Make sure to stop by the UR Biodiesel Bus on Saturday, October 10th between 10am and 1pm. The bus will be parked in front of the Palestra in the Faculty Road circle. Stop by to get information on the program, meet the students who work in the lab, and check out the bus! Or, if you can't make it but want to find a time to check out the lab, just email Eric Weissmann at

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Monday, September 28, 2009

New Partnership with AEY Construction

We are pleased to announce that effective immediately, AEY Construction will begin using UR Biodiesel's fuel in their on-campus construction equipment. This promotes sustainability in a new way, and supports our local businesses at the same time. AEY is in campus almost every day working on various construction projects for University Central Utilities. So, next time you see the AEY backhoe digging away, it probably is being run on biodiesel made in our lab!...

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UR Biodiesel Group Meeting

Make sure to stop by TOMORROW, Tuesday, September 29th at 6:00pm in Wilson Commons 122 for the full group UR Biodiesel meeting. We have lots to discuss, so please remember to stop by!...

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Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Get Involved!

Welcome back to campus! We are starting to get lab shifts scheduled for the Fall Semester. If you are interested, make sure to email (UR Biodiesel Chairperson) or (Lab Manager). We still have lots of shifts available, but they are going fast!...

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Monday, September 7, 2009

First UR Biodiesel Meeting of Fall 2009

Are you interested in getting involved in UR Biodiesel? We have lots of opportunities! You can work in the lab, pursue independent research, build connections with the community, manage advertising contracts, and more. Stop by our first meeting of the year tomorrow, September 8th, at 6pm in Wilson Commons 121. We hope to see you there!...

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Sunday, April 26, 2009


UR Biodiesel officially kicked off last Wednesday at a well-attended kickoff celebration. Thanks to all of you who were able to attend! We are now hard at work getting set up for the bus to be in a regular rotation. ...

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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Kickoff Ceremony

Check out the link to the Biodiesel Kickoff Press Release: The kickoff is next Wednesday, April 22nd, at 1:30pm. Please join us! Here is some more information:

What: The UR Biodiesel Kickoff Ceremony
Where: On Hutchison Road (the road between the Hopeman Engineering Building and the Goergen BME/Optics Building) on the U of R River Campus and in the Goergen BME/Optics Building Atrium.
When: Wednesday, April 22nd (Earth Day). The ceremony will begin at 1:30pm, and a reception including tours of the facility will follow until 3pm.
Why: Three years in the making, UR Biodiesel is ready to officially kick off and begin running a campus bus on biodiesel, fueled by the grease from River Campus dining centers. Join us at the ceremony to learn a little bit about the history of the project from those involved and to hear President Joel Seligman discuss the University's commitment to sustainability. From 2-3pm, you can be among the first to ride the biodiesel bus as it drives across campus where you can get a close look at where we make biodiesel and get a tour of the UR Biodiesel lab. Also, feel free to stop by the Goergen BME/Optics atrium for some refreshments, an opportunity to learn about the biodiesel process, chat with the students, faculty and staff involved, and get a coupon for some free french fries to keep our "fuel" supply strong! For more information, visit

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Sunday, April 12, 2009

Bus Being Painted

Thanks to the help of American Fleet, the Biodiesel Bus is currently being professionally painted, sanded and repaired. Also, we are using environmentally friendly water-based paint! By the end of this week, the bus will also have the decals installed as well...

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Sunday, April 5, 2009

Bus Prep and Painting Begins

The Biodiesel Bus has been moved to the American Fleet garage, as they will be prepping, repairing and painting it for us to prepare for the kickoff. (Also, big thanks to American Fleet for their generosity and support!) Meanwhile, we are still working on our first batch in the lab. The biodiesel spent the weekend in the settling tank, and tomorrow we plan to drain the glycerin and pump the biodiesel into the wash tank. Things are certainly moving quickly with UR Biodiesel! ...

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