B20 Club: Models of Success
Millions of individuals and fleets across the United States use biodiesel fuel for efficient and economical diesel vehicle performance. Look to the members of the B20 Club for examples of biodiesel success in Illinois. A partnership between the Illinois Soybean Association and the American Lung Association, the B20 Club recognizes a select group of Illinois-based organizations with strong commitments to run fleets on biodiesel blends of 20 percent or greater. The 15 B20 Club members use a total of 6.3 million gallons of B20 biodiesel annually, contributing to cleaner air and more sustainable operations throughout Illinois.
B20 Club Members
These diverse Illinois-based organizations rely on B20 biodiesel to fuel their fleets. Select a category to find stories of how clean-burning biodiesel benefits B20 Club member communities and operations.
Award-winning B20 Club
The B20 Club received the Industry Partnership Award from the National Biodiesel Board (NBB), recognizing the success of the program as a platform to showcase fleets using B20 biodiesel blends. Pictured at the award presentation, from left to right, are: Tom Verry, NBB director of outreach and development, John DeRosa, director of environmental health, American Lung Association in Illinois; Jeff Lynn, Illinois Soybean Association board member; and Donnell Rehagen, NBB chief executive officer.
B20: Good for Your Fleet and Your Community
You probably already know that biodiesel is a renewable, clean-burning alternative to petroleum diesel that supports Illinois agriculture and spurs our state's economy. However, did you know that by choosing to use biodiesel blends of B20 and greater, fleets across Illinois are giving back to their communities, too? B20 has proven emission and health benefits. John DeRosa, director, American Lung Association, explains more in this short video.
It’s Easy Being Green with Biodiesel
Using biodiesel is an easy way for fleets and municipalities to improve air quality in their communities and reduce their carbon footprint. Running the renewable fuel also supports Illinois’s agriculture economy. See how easy it is to be green with biodiesel in this short video.
B20 Club Associate Members
B20 Club Associate Members represent the production and marketing sectors of the biodiesel industry. These organizations are BQ-9000 certified, serve Illinois-based customers and are valuable resources for fleet owners and managers interested in fueling with B20.
Growmark FS is an agricultural supply company, offering sales of seed, crop protection materials, plant nutrients and more. They have incorporated biodiesel into their fleet vehicles, which helps support Illinois soybean growers.
Renewable Energy Group, Inc. is a leading North American advanced biofuels producer and developer of renewable chemicals. For more than a decade, REG has been a reliable supplier of advanced biofuels that meet or exceed ASTM quality specifications. REG currently operates five facilities in Illinois.
Supported by a dedicated rail car fleet and tank assets in Chicago, LA, Bakersfield, Tampa, Cincinnati & New Orleans, Targray Biofuels is one of the fastest growing suppliers of biodiesel in North America. Working closely with fuel retailers, distributors, blenders, terminal operators & truck stops, the company develops innovative, value-driven solutions that intelligently address the growing demand for biofuels in America.
B20 Club Affiliated Partners
Affiliated Partners of the B20 Club include not-for-profits, government agencies and other entities that promote and recognize biodiesel as a high-quality alternative fuel source.
The Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) represents more than 43,000 soybean farmers in Illinois through the state soybean checkoff and membership efforts. The ISA checkoff program promotes biodiesel use through education and outreach to fuel marketers, fleet owners and other audiences, including support of B20 Club activities.
The American Lung Association is a nonprofit organization that has been fighting for healthy lungs and healthy air for more than a century. Through their research and advocacy activities they are helping reduce the burden of indoor and outdoor air pollutants upon lung health.
Chicago Area Clean Cities is a nonprofit coalition of stakeholders from government, private business, academia, scientific research, and energy and environmental services working together to promote the use of clean fuels and clean fuel vehicles throughout the Chicago metropolitan area.
The Ecology Action Center is a not-for-profit environmental agency with a mission to inspire and assist residents of McLean County, Illinois in creating, strengthening and preserving a healthy environment. The EAC acts as a central resource for environmental education, information, outreach, and technical assistance in McLean County.
The Illinois Green Fleets Program supports and recognizes Illinois organizations that make it a priority to use clean and renewable fuel for their vehicles.
Founded in 2005, Indigenous Energy was created when entrepreneurs Pete Probst and Fred Barker won a business plan competition while students at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Today, under the direction of Probst, Indigenous Energy is focused on biodiesel and alternative fuels consulting.
Marc-IV Consulting has been a leading force in the development and execution of technical, regulatory, economic and policy aspects needed to get the biodiesel industry to the 1 billion gallon-per-year mark achieved in 2012. Marc-IV’s unique set of economic and policy skills are combined with hands-on engineering, business development and strategic thinking expertise that can be a valuable resource to any company, trade association, state or federal agency or others wishing to develop industrial products from agriculture. And after 20 years, they’ve only scratched the surface!
MEG Corp is a consulting company with a fuel quality testing laboratory to assess fuel quality and diagnose problems. They provide technical support to petroleum marketers and end users by troubleshooting and solving filter plugging and fuel related issues by operating the Regional Diesel Helpline. Their staff conducts over 75 workshops annually on the topics of diesel, biodiesel, tank management and best practices for trouble-free operation. To date, MEG Corp has teamed up with eight soybean organizations to educate fuel distributors, marketers and end users about biodiesel.
The National Biodiesel Board is the national trade association representing America's first Advanced Biofuel. The group works to create sustainable biodiesel industry growth through education, communication, governmental affairs, technical and quality assurance programs.
South Shore Clean Cities was founded on the principle that motivated individuals working together for common goals best accomplish our nation's objectives of improving air quality, developing regional economic opportunities and reducing the use of imported oil.
The St. Louis Clean Cities Coalition helps promote sustainability by decreasing petroleum use throughout the city. They work with vehicle fleets, fuel providers and community leaders to fulfill their mission.
B20 Club Contacts
ILLINOIS SOYBEAN ASSOCIATION
Rebecca Richardson directs biodiesel education and outreach activities funded by the Illinois Soybean Association checkoff program. She is active in the fuel industry, serving on the U.S. Weights and Measures Committee.
Senior Manager, Clean Air Initiatives
AMERICAN LUNG ASSOCIATION
Bailey Arnold coordinates all B20 Club support and outreach activities. Bailey joined ALA in 2015 and has more than five years of experience in the health and sustainability fields. He is passionate about urban sustainability and the environment.