Converting Waste into Energy
The Biodiesel Program is part of Loyola's Institute of Environmental Sustainability (IES). The Biodiesel Program focuses on production, education, and outreach efforts centered around utilizing waste vegetable oil from campus cafeterias to create energy and other products. Our product line is designed to utilize university and lab waste to make usable products. Our studnet-run lab is the first and only school operation licensed to sell biodiesel in the United States.
In the Fall of 2007, the first Solutions to Environmental Problems (STEP): Biodiesel class started to explore biodiesel production on Loyola's Lakeshore Campus. Student projects continued to build on previous work until Spring 2009 when the Biodiesel Program emerged as an education program within IES. This interdisciplinary research program offers courses that bring together students, faculty, staff, and community mentors to engage in interdisciplinary discussion and action around issues of environmental sustainability.
The Biodiesel Program offers educational opportunities through:
The Biodiesel Lab is primarily run by student fellows and students in our Biofuels Lab Course. These students oversee the production and sale of:
We hope that this Biodiesel Program can serve as a model for the rest of the university and general public. We seek to reduce the goods brought onto campus and the waste leaving campus by more efficiently using what we already have.