Biodiesel Grants Go to Iowa Schools

John Davis

Two schools in the Hawkeye State have picked up Iowa Renewable Fuels Association Awards of $2,500 each.

This press release from the association says Clay Central-Everly and Galva-Holstein Schools were awarded the Biodiesel Backer Award Program grants to educate their students and communities about biodiesel and incorporate biodiesel into their school programming:

“IRFA congratulates Clay-Central Everly and Galva-Holstein on their well-deserved selections as Biodiesel Backer Award winners,” said IRFA Biofuels Manager Grant Menke. “These two northwest Iowa schools have implemented unique and impressive programs that highlight the benefits Iowa schools can realize by making the switch to biodiesel blends. Clean, renewable Iowa biodiesel is the best fuel choice for school bus fleets, and more importantly, the healthiest choice for students. IRFA encourages all Iowa schools to learn the facts about biodiesel and then try it out in their school buses.”

Galva-Holstein Community School District has been fueling its buses, tractor and skid loader with biodiesel year round since 2005, using approximately 10,000 gallons of biodiesel per year…

Clay Central-Everly Community School does not currently use biodiesel. However, that status may change very soon due to the efforts of its high school ag science class. After completing a unit on biodiesel in the classroom, this eight member group of students and its teacher set the goal of educating Clay Central-Everly’s school administration, elementary students and communities in order to convince the school to begin fueling its buses with biodiesel.

The IRFA will be awarding another four $2,500 Biodiesel Backer Awards. The application deadline is May 28, 2010. For more information, check out the IRFA Web site.