College students probably tend to veer toward the more environmentally aware end of the spectrum than the population in general. As a result, it should come as no real surprise to see said students working on producing biodiesel from the waste fry oil from the dining halls during chemistry class. A number of campuses around the U.S. - including Sinclair Community College in Dayton, OH and and Dickinson College in Pennsylvania - are producing their own biodiesel. In this case, they are doing so for environmental reasons, but also for economic ones.
Campuses often have large green spaces that need to be maintained and maintenance vehicles that run between buildings, right? All of those vehicles need fuel and with prices spiking in 2008 and expected to rise again in the future, it makes sense to take waste material and turn it into something useful. Dickinson is currently producing 50-150 gallons of biodiesel a week. With tuition rising, anything schools can do to cut costs has got to help.

[Source: Forecast Earth]


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