The Vinton-Shellsburg Community School District recently received a $2,500 grant through the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association’s Biodiesel Backer Award Program.
It is one of three districts in the state to receive this grant.
Eligibility required schools to educate their community about biodiesel and incorporate biodiesel and renewable fuels into their school programming.
The transportation director at Vinton-Shellsburg Community School district used biodiesel in its 18 buses on a trial basis and found that the buses ran better and the biodiesel seemed to have a better lubricating effect on the engines.
The school district also involved their science club in educating other students and the community on the facts and benefits of biodiesel. The students put together an informational PowerPoint presentation and delivered it to fellow classmates, the local lions club and are scheduled to appear at the next school board meeting.
The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association was formed in 2002 to represent the state’s ethanol and biodiesel producers. The trade group fosters the development and growth of the renewable fuels industry in Iowa through education, promotion, legislation and infrastructure development.