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.

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.

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.