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Biodiesel/Biohydraulic Fluids Team feted

Posted: April 9, 2010

A renewable-energy team co-led by the College of Agricultural Sciences is being honored by the university's Office of Planning and Institutional Assessment for its effectiveness.

The Biofuels/Biohydraulic Fluids Team will be one of 60 teams recognized at the Quality Issues Forum, April 30 at the Nittany Lion Inn Fireside Lounge.

The team was one of only three teams from around the university invited to participate in a panel discussion, from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., prior to the forum.

As a result of the team's efforts, the college and university have switched to biodiesel to fuel farm equipment, diesel-powered Office of Physical Plant vehicles and landscape equipment. The team also has begun a project that would divert used vegetable oil from university dining halls and hospitality properties to biodiesel production. Long-range plans are for all the university's used vegetbale oil to be recycled for this purpose.

In addition, the university has begun to use biohydraulic fluid in vehicles, elevators and other equipment to reduce the environmental cost of fluid spills.

Glen Cauffman, the college's manager of farms and facilities, and Lysa Holland, environmental compliance engineer with Penn State's Department of Environmental Health and Safety, are team co-leaders. Other team members from the college are Tom Richard, professor of agricultural and biological engineering, and Doug Schaufler, senior project associate in farm operations.

For more information, call the Office of Planning and Institutional Assessment at (814) 863-8721 or e-mail psupia@psu.edu.