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.
The village of Mundelein, Illinois, located in central Lake County, is recognized as premier for entrepreneurs and is celebrated for its inclusive community. The village utilizes biodiesel in all its vehicle fleets, encompassing plow trucks, construction equipment, ambulances, and fire trucks.