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.
Government Entities and Utilities
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, American Lung Association© senior director of clean air initiatives; Jeff Lynn, Illinois Soybean Association board member; and Donnell Rehagen, NBB chief executive officer.
B20 Club Backers
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 and renewable diesel industry growth through education, communication, governmental affairs, technical and quality assurance programs. The organization is comprised of state, national, and international feedstock and feedstock processor organizations, biodiesel and renewable diesel suppliers, fuel marketers and distributors, and technology providers.
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.
South Shore Clean Cities, Inc. 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
Director, Clean Air Initiatives
AMERICAN LUNG ASSOCIATION
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.
Specialist, Clean Air Initiatives
AMERICAN LUNG ASSOCIATION
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.