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B20 Club: Models of Success

Millions of individuals and fleets across the United States use biodiesel and biodiesel blends 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 checkoff program 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. Since 2014, B20 Club members have consumed nearly 30 million gallons of B20 and higher biodiesel blends, contributing to cleaner air and more sustainable operations throughout Illinois.

For more information about becoming a B20 Club member, please contact Bailey Arnold at (217) 241-9011 or Bailey.Arnold@Lung.org.

B20 Club Members

These diverse Illinois-based organizations rely on B20 biodiesel and higher biodiesel blends to fuel their fleets.

Construction, Mokena, IL
“I would encourage any fleet-large or small-to consider using drop-in B20 biodiesel. It has been an easy and cost-effective way for us to reduce our emissions and protect the health of our employees, customers, and the communities we proudly serve.”
– Jeffrey Bonnema, Vice President of Fleet Management
Jeffrey Bonnema, Vice President of Fleet Management
19001 Old Lagrange Rd.
Mokena, IL 60448

Environmental, Chicago, IL
Excel Oil Service
“We are proud to fuel our diesel fleet with cleaner-burning, renewable biodiesel blends in support of our mission to provide the highest quality of environmental services to the customers and communities we serve.”
– Scott Piszczor, Manager
Scott Piszczor, Manager
4301 S Knox Ave,
Chicago, IL 60632

Environmental, Bridgeview, IL
Green Grease Environmental
“Green Grease Environmental is proud to fuel our fleet of diesel vehicles with biodiesel blends in support of a healthy environment and the circular economy.”
– Tony Demma, Owner
Tony Demma, Owner
8916 S Octavia, Ave.
Bridgeview, IL 60455

Fuel Suppliers, Chicago, IL
Al Warren Oil Co, Inc.
“Our biofuel division continues to show more potential for the future. We are an approved biodiesel blender, and we sell about a million gallons of blended diesel every month. With a soy-based biodiesel being a solid choice by our customers, our company is proud to provide a green solution.”
– Tom Warren Jr., Vice President of Operations
Scott Piszczor, Manager
4242 S Knox Ave
Chicago, IL 60632

Gov. Entities And Utilities, Oakbrook Terrace, IL
“To provide cleaner, greener power to our fleet, Commonwealth Edison turned to B20 biodiesel and hybrid technology around 2014. Today we operate one of the largest private fleets of biodiesel vehicles in the U.S. and consume more than 1.2 million gallons of B20 annually. On top of that, alternative fuel vehicles now represent 70% of our total fleet.”
– Les Faul, Manager of Fleet Services
Les Faul, Manager of Fleet Operations
3 Lincoln Center, 4th Floor
Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181

Gov. Entities And Utilities, Wheaton, IL
Forest Preserve District of DuPage County
“Biodiesel has been an integral way for the District to continue to efficiently operate while also reducing costs and emissions.”
– Drew Bergenthal, Fleet Specialist

“The switch to biodiesel was seamless, as there was no vehicle or engine modifications needed and the benefits we see in emission-reduction are huge. Biodiesel runs so smoothly in our engines – our mechanics didn’t even notice a difference.”
– Michael Webster, Manager of Fleet Services
Drew Bergenthal, Fleet Specialist
Michael Webster, Manager of Fleet Services
P.O. Box 5000
Wheaton, IL 60189-5000

Gov. Entities And Utilities, Chicago, IL
Chicago Park District
“We made the move to clean-burning biodiesel fuel in 2011. It has been paying off from the start, helping us to reduce vehicle emissions and save fuel, as well as save thousands of dollars annually on the cost of fuel.”
– Michael Dimitroff, Department of Cultural & Natural Resources

“Indigenous Energy is a renewable fuels consulting firm that partners with stakeholders to advance the use of biodiesel. Since 2005, the company has been focused on tracking and reducing carbon emissions in existing medium and heavy-duty vehicles and equipment.”
– Pete Probst, Director of Research and Development, Indigenous Energy
Michael Dimitroff, Department of Cultural & Natural Resources
Pete Probst, President, Indigenous Energy
541 North Fairbanks Court
Chicago, IL 60611

Mass Transit, Peoria, IL
Peoria CityLink
“Operating our buses on B20 has proven to be a game-changer for the maintenance of our fleet. We have seen fewer injector failures and longer DPF life in our fleet because biodiesel burns cleaner, has a higher cetane value, and increases our fuel lubricity compared to petroleum diesel fuel. I highly recommend the continued and increased use of biodiesel blends for the longevity and performance of our fleet.”
– Steve Risch, General Foreman
Mike Brockway, Director of Maintenance
2105 NE Jefferson Ave
Peoria, IL 61603

Mass Transit, Oak Brook, IL
Cook-Illinois Corporation
“We strongly believe in the use of biodiesel because it provides an alternative fuel supply that is dependable and plentiful. Through our use of biodiesel, we are able to help farmers in our state by providing valuable markets for their products, while also reducing emissions, which is good for the students that we transport.”
– John Benish Jr., Chief Operating Officer
John Benish Jr., President & Chief Operating Officer
2100 Clearwater Dr, Suite 250
Oak Brook, IL 60523

Municipalities, Elmhurst, IL
City of Elmhurst
“Using B20 in our fleet vehicles has been a simple, seamless way to improve the air in our community. B20 reduces greenhouse gases by up to 86 percent compared to petroleum diesel. The City hopes initiatives like this will inspire and inform others to make a similar commitment.”
– Chanel Caron, Fleet Manager
Chanel Caron, Fleet Manager
985 S. Riverside Dr.
Elmhurst, IL 60126

Municipalities, Moline, IL
City of Moline
“Our use of B20 supports our air quality and carbon reduction goals because it is a lower-carbon, cleaner burning fuel option that allows us to easily reduce our tailpipe and lifecycle emissions year-round, improving the quality of life for our residents while protecting the environment.”
– Sarah Mark, Fleet and Facilities Manager
Sarah Mark, Fleet & Facilities Manager
3635 4th Ave.
Moline, IL 61265

Municipalities, Arlington Heights, IL
Village of Arlington Heights
As a means to reduce harmful emissions, the Public Works Department has been using B20 biodiesel fuel since 2007. Through the use of B20 all year long, the Village is making significant progress toward improving air quality by reducing soot, hydrocarbon, and carbon monoxide emission levels.”
– Ray Salisbury, Fleet Services Foreman
Ray Salisbury, Fleet Services Foreman
222 North Ridge Avenue
Arlington Heights, IL 60005

Municipalities, Carol Stream, IL
Village of Carol Stream
“The use of alternative fuels and technologies, like B20 biodiesel, in our fleet achieves both our financial and environmental goals without impacting our operations or the essential services that we provide to the community.”
– Sam Barghi, Public Works Management Analyst

“Biodiesel has allowed our diesel vehicles and equipment to operate just as efficiently as they did on ultra-low-sulfur diesel fuel while also reducing tailpipe emissions and lowering our carbon footprint at no additional cost.”
– Andrew Olsen, Garage Supervisor
Sam Barghi, Public Works Management Analyst
500 N. Gary Ave.
Carol Stream, IL 60188

Municipalities, Oak Park, IL
Village of Oak Park
“Oak Park is always looking at ways of improving our environment and lowering our carbon footprint. Implementing B20 has been a simple solution for our fleet because no modifications or adjustments were necessary. All of our current diesel vehicles are running B20 year-round and any vehicles we add to the fleet will also be running B20.”
– Ken Crowley, Superintendent of Fleet Services
Ken Crowley, CPFP, Superintendent of Fleet Services
210 South Blvd.
Oak Park, IL 60302

Municipalities, Warrenville, IL
City of Warrenville
The City of Warrenville Public Works staff is dedicated to delivering quality, professional services to improve the community, and this includes exploring alternative fuel options to enhance fleet performance, while also being fiscally responsible with City resources, and mindful of the environment. In 2018, Warrenville and the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County (FPDDC) entered into an intergovernmental agreement to allow the City to utilize the FPDDC’s fueling facility. 15 vehicles consume biodiesel. The Public Works fleet covers a modest amount of miles with work relating more to a site and the city being only 5.5 square miles in size, and as a result, vehicles can have a longer life span in comparison to peers in the industry.

“One value of the City of Warrenville is to preserve and promote a clean, healthy, sustainable environment, and natural open spaces. The city explores a variety of ways to do this, which has included ways to improve fleet performance while lowering emissions. In 2014, a fleet vehicle was retrofitted from unleaded gasoline to compressed natural gas (CNG). In 2018, the City received an American Lung Association grant to install diesel particulate filters (DPFs), an emission control technology, on three trucks in the Public Works Fleet, which removes between 80 to 90% of diesel emissions on these vehicles. In the same year, the City also began using B20 fuel.”
– Kristin Youngmeyer, Management Analyst
Kristin Youngmeyer, Management Analyst
3S346 Mignin Dr,
Warrenville, IL 60555

Gov. Entities And Utilities, Libertyville, IL
Lake County Division of Transportation
"We are proud to fuel our fleet of more than 70 diesel vehicles with B20 biodiesel in support of our commitment to delivering financially and environmentally responsible services that promote a safe, affordable, healthy, and resilient community for the residents and visitors of Lake County."
– Dan Javed, Fleet and Facilities Manager
Dan Javed, Fleet & Facilities Manager
600 W Winchester Road,
Libertyville, IL 60048


Meet the Rest of the B20 Club

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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.

With over 50 years of experience, Incobrasa Industries is proud to be a leader in the production of top-quality oilseed products. With the addition of biodiesel in 2007 and BQ-9000 certification in 2009, Incobrasa continues to grow and provide a strong market for the local farming community. The company attributes its longevity in the marketplace and continued success to extensive experience, innovation and a commitment to excellence.

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.

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Affiliate Members 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 the oldest voluntary public health association in the United States, having fought for healthy lungs and clean air for more than a century. Through their research, education, and advocacy activities, they are helping to reduce the burden of indoor and outdoor air pollutants upon lung health.

Supporting Organizations, Companies & Fleets

B20 Club Backers are Illinois-based fleets who have experienced B20 biodiesel benefits and continue to support use of biodiesel blends in their fleet vehicles. These fleets are an important part of the biodiesel community in Illinois.

The Automotive Technology program at Lewis and Clark Community College has received accreditation by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF), a non-profit, independent organization that evaluates and accredits entry-level technician training programs against standards developed by the automotive industry. In line with the ever-changing industry, the Automotive Technology continues to educate students on the latest vehicle technologies and fuels, including biodiesel.

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.

Illinois Alliance for Clean Transportation (formerly Chicago Area Clean Cities) is a nonprofit coalition of stakeholders from government, private business, academia, scientific research, and energy and environmental services working to promote environmentally friendly vehicles and cleaner, healthier air throughout Illinois. IL-ACT is affiliated with the U.S. Department of Energy’s nationwide Clean Cities program.

In 1967, Ralph Luke (1931-2007) founded Luke Oil in Hobart, Indiana, as a supplier of home heating fuel. By 1980, Luke had transitioned into a fuel supplier for gas stations, and by 1990, Luke Oil was one of the largest fuel suppliers in the Midwest. Today, Luke is a third-generation family-owned company run by Thomas Collins, Sr., which distributes more than 300 million gallons of fuel annually through its network of retail stations, dealers, fuel distributors, and national, governmental, and commercial customers.

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.

Optimus Technologies is a clean energy technology company and the creator of the revolutionary Vector System, an EPA-compliant, biodiesel fuel system for medium and heavy-duty diesel trucks. This proprietary technology enables vehicles to operate on 100% biodiesel, resulting in drastic reductions in greenhouse gas emissions (80%+) while at the same time reducing fuel costs. The Vector System easily integrates into existing operations to facilitate a seamless transition to low-carbon fuels.

Clean Fuels serves as the industry’s central coordinating entity for technical, environmental and quality assurance programs and will be the strongest voice for its advocacy, communications and market development.

Established in 2010 as a division of the National Truck Equipment Association (NTEA), the Association for the Work Truck Industry, the Green Truck Association (GTA) is a voice for companies moving forward to create vocational trucks and products with a focus on sustainability. In recognition of the growing interest and demand for fuel-saving products within the work truck industry, GTA fosters the progression of green work trucks by: 1) showcasing member companies’ truck and technology developments; 2) serving as the resource for legislative, regulatory, and funding initiatives relevant to clean vehicles; 3) supplying relevant market data and technical resources; 4) sharing timely news on green truck products and initiatives; 5) educating its members on green commercial vehicle design technology evaluation and selection using a systematic approach such as the Hierarchy of Application.

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!

Established in 1964, NTEA – The Association for the Work Truck Industry, represents more than 2,000 companies that manufacture, distribute, install, sell and repair commercial trucks, truck bodies, truck equipment, trailers, and accessories. Buyers of work trucks and the major commercial truck chassis manufacturers also belong to NTEA. The Association provides in-depth technical information, education, member programs and services, and produces Work Truck Week and Green Truck Summit. The Association maintains its administrative headquarters in suburban Detroit and government relations offices in Washington, DC, and Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

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 member Bailey Arnold

Bailey Arnold
Director, Clean Air Initiatives
Lead, B20 Club of Illinois

Bailey Arnold is an environmental science and sustainability professional with the American Lung Association©. Bailey is focused on the adoption of alternative fuels and technologies through the ALA’s award-winning Clean Air Choice© program. As B20 Club Lead for the Illinois Soybean Association checkoff program, he is responsible for all B20 Club support and outreach activities.

(217) 241-9011 | Bailey.Arnold@Lung.org

Illinois Soybean Association member Tara Brooks

Tara Brooks
Specialist, Clean Air Initiatives
Associate Lead, B20 Club of Illinois

Tara is a public health and environmental science professional with the American Lung Association©. Tara primarily works on projects related to the implementation of alternative fuels and technologies. As the Associate Lead for the B20 Club of Illinois, Ms. Brooks is responsible for providing support services to B20 Club members, backers, affiliates, and associates at the direction of the Lead.

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