Biodiesel User Awarded White House Closing of the Circle Award

By | June 09, 2009
Robins Air Force Base in Georgia was among winners of the 2009 White House Closing of the Circle Award for its efforts to promote environmental improvement. The award is in recognition of environmental oversight throughout the base, ranging from the purchase of office paper with 30 percent recyclable material to using more biodiesel. The Closing of the Circle Awards are given out in a wide range of categories, including electronics stewardship, waste/pollution prevention, recycling and others. Awards are given out in separate categories for military and civilian institutions. Robins won the award in the green purchasing category for military operations.

Most vehicles at Robins Air Force Base use some type of alternative or hybrid energy. B20 is at work in tugs, which pull aircraft into position, and refuelers capable of carrying 6,000 pounds of jet fuel to awaiting aircraft. Ben Torrey, an environmental engineer in the 78th CEG and chief of the Green Procurement Program, said the base spent $600,000 on green purchases in 2008, which is $200,000 more than the previous year.

"We did a lot more this year," he said. "I was very proud Robins won the award. It shows how strong an environmental program we have." The base is also home to the U.S. Air Force Advanced Power Technology Office. The office serves a catalyst for advanced power and alternative energy capability and promotes a host of alternative energy resources including biodiesel (B20).This is at least the second year that biodiesel played a major role in several of the winners' overall environmental stewardship efforts. The White House honored award recipients at a June ceremony at the National Institute of Health in Bethesda, Md.
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