Author: Laura B.

I'm the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center's Sustainability Information Curator, which is a fancy way of saying embedded librarian. I'm also Executive Director of the Great Lakes Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable. When not writing for Environmental News Bits, I'm an avid reader. Visit Laura's Reads to see what I'm currently reading.

Survey: Fuel Prices High, But Alt-Fuel Awareness Low

Read the full story at Green Car Congress.

Despite rising oil prices, growing concerns about climate change and uneasiness over dependence on foreign energy, Americans’ awareness and use of alternative fuel technologies is still fairly low, according to a recent Synovate survey.

US Ethanol Production in 2006 Will Consume More Than 20% of Total Corn Production

Read the full story at Green Car Congress.

Slightly more than 20% of the forecast 10.55 billion bushels of corn to be produced in the US this year—about 2.15 billion bushels—will go toward the production of fuel ethanol, according to the US Department of Agriculture’s most recent World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE). That use of corn for ethanol represents a 34% increase from the year prior.

Penn State Developing Mixed Hydrogen Fleet for Trials

Read the full story on Green Car Congress.

Penn State, which has Pennsylvania’s only hydrogen fueling station on its University Park campus, is developing a mixed-vehicle fleet, including two cars, a bus and vans, to demonstrate different aspects of hydrogen’s potential.

Bank of America to Reimburse Employees $3K for Hybrids

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Bank of America Corporation is beginning a pilot program to reimburse $3,000 to eligible employees purchasing a new hybrid vehicle. The program will be available to more than 21,000 employees living within 90 miles of Boston, Charlotte, and Los Angeles.

Euro Environmental Organizations Warn on Biofuels

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Three European environmental organizations are warning that EU policies promoting biofuels may cause more environmental damage than the conventional fuels they are designed to replace if important environmental safeguards are not put in place.

Update on Major Well-to-Wheels Fuels and Powertrains Study

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The European Council for Automotive Research and Development (EUCAR); Oil Companies’s European Organization for Environment, Health and Safety (CONCAWE); and the Joint Research Center of the European Commission (JRC) have completed a joint evaluation of the Well-to-Wheels (WTW) energy use and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for a wide range of potential future fuels and powertrains options.

Ford to Begin Production of Hydrogen ICE Shuttles

Read the full story at Green Car Congress.

Ford Motor will begin production of its commercial hydrogen-powered internal combustion engine (H2ICE) shuttle buses this month. (Earlier post.) Eight of the E-450 shuttle buses will go to tourist destinations in Florida.

Volvo to Preview Five-Fuel Vehicle; Includes Hythane

Read the full story at Green Car Congress.

Volvo will preview a prototype five-fuel Multi-Fuel vehicle at the Michelin Challenge Bibendum 2006, which takes place in Paris, June 8-12. The company is also previewing a new generation Collision Warning System.

Area college students build biodiesel filling station

Read the full story from the Sioux City Journal.

A class project to build a biodiesel mixing/filling station and a field trip to Kansas City wrapped up the academic year for some automotive technology and auto body repair technology students at Northeast Community College in Norfolk, NE.

Coming to a pump near you: clean diesel

Read the full story in the Christian Science Monitor.

Refineries are beginning to make low-sulfur fuel, under a new EPA rule. Cleaner engines to follow.

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