Albion College student Shawn Anderson creates biodiesel fuel for his automobile and his parents' farm equipment out of the vegetable oil that some restaurants in Albion leave out for disposal. Anderson estimates that the gas he's making costs about $1-$1.10 per gallon when you factor in the cost of road taxes, and the money he saves comes in handy when making trips for his piano tuning business or visiting friends.
The Rev. Faith Fowler, '81, executive director of Cass Community Social Services CCSS in Detroit, was recognized as one of the Detroit Free Press inaugural "Michigan Green Leaders."
Albion's participation in the Spring 2010 Recyclemania concluded with the College finishing in the center of the rankings in the national competition. Student organizer Mallory Fellows was pleased with the results.
A March 2 article on page A3 of the USA Today detailed how a herbicide that contaminates the tap water consumed by millions of Americans has been found to produce gender-bending effects in male frogs. Albion College associate professor of chemistry Cliff Harris worked with faculty from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Kasetsart University in Thailand on research published last year that shows a mixture of soybean oil and iron can remediate the soil and prevent contamination of drinking water.
"Albion College has been contributing to solutions to the problem," Harris said. "My colleagues took soil that had been heavily contaminated with atrazine and treated it with a mixture of soybean oil and iron - two pretty cheap materials - and cut the atrazine by 80 to 90 percent with a single treatment. My contribution was to help explain the science behind the process."