How many of us use bio-fuels on a regular basis or even at all? That is a pertinent question as we look at driving sustainability issues overall locally and globally.
Bio-fuels are fuels derived from renewable biological materials such as ethanol from corn kernels, corn stover, perennial grasses, woody biomass, and algae, and diesel from soy beans.
Currently available bio- fuels are made from sugar crops (sugarcane, sugar-beet), starch crops (corn, potatoes), oil-seed crops (soybean, sunflower, rapeseed), and animal fats.
Sugar and starch crops are converted through a fermentation process to form bio-alcohols, including ethanol, butanol, and propanol. Oils and animal fats can be processed into bio-diesel. Ethanol is the most widely used bio-alcohol fuel.
US as a whole has gradually increased the consumption of bio-fuels across board but there is still much more to be done.
Everyone can contribute to sustainability through the use of bio-fuels, which aids the overall sustainability effort and which has the following added benefits:
- Energy efficiency (Bio-fuels are more energy efficient vs conventional fuels)
- Health benefits(Less pollutants)
- Bio-fuels refineries are cleaner(Less pollutants)
- Fuel economy (More bang for your buck!)
- Reduction in foreign oil dependence!
- Economic development
- Higher energy performance
- Positive economic impact
- Reduction in greenhouse gases
So, the question remains…………… How do you contribute to bio-fuel consumption?
A newly released article reveals many of the greatest achievements in environmentally friendly construction in the health industry. The article celebrates the 30 most environmentally friendly hospitals in the world. Each hospital was selected based on criteria including certifications from environmental bodies, recycling efforts, green construction and innovative energy saving features. Congratulations to Children s Healthcare of Atlanta, Atlanta, Georgia, (Architect- Duckett Design Group) who ranked #24 on the list.
Source: Healthcare Administration