Inside new or renovated homes and buildings, cabinets, light fixtures and paint colors often capture the most attention. However, what is hidden behind those finished walls and ceilings is one of the most important decisions owners can make.
In 2014, students at Medford Memorial Middle School in Medford, NJ began learning that soybeans, like the ones growing in local fields, are an ingredient in a variety of biobased products that benefit their environment.
The National Conference Center's leadership saw Yellowstone-inspired biobased carpet as a natural for their sustainability and performance standards.
Universities and public schools are at the forefront of sustainability with their use of innovative biobased products.
Dr. Ram Gupta and his team developed a formulation derived from a natural surfactant, soybean lecithin, to clean up oil spills.
Environmental Consciousness Coupled with Creativity Put Soy Inside Seattle’s Bullitt Center and Carnegie Mellon’s School of Design.
Pentagon staffs have taken many steps to shrink the 6.5-million-square-foot building’s environmental footprint.
UCLA scored big when it replaced the intramural field's grass with artificial turf. In water-starved California, this is a major victory.
“Saving money by extending the life of an asphalt highway, street, bike path and parking lot is what pavement managers need to be looking at,” says Robert Cummins, newly retired pavement manager for the State of Ohio's Department of Transportation's District 7.
From the severe drought plaguing the western United States, to the re-imagining of city parks with innovative and sustainable landscapes, to pesky insects, soy-backed artificial grass is part of the solution.
Soy-biobased parking lot paint is the latest biobased product helping New Jersey’s Medford-Township Public School system shrink its environmental footprint.
Zion National Park is the latest in a growing number of National Parks across the country to integrate the use of soy-biobased products into its operations.
Looking to build on his success with biodiesel and the other sustainability initiatives he champions, school director of operations Joe Biluck turned to biobased products.
In a practical, commonsense way Shenandoah National Park employees have progressively worked to develop and adopt sustainable practices, including the use of soy-biobased products, for the last 15 years.
Headaches and nasal irritation are a common complaint among fleet maintenance staff at the District of Columbia’s Water and Sewer Authority (DC Water) after using adhesive removers and other harsh chemicals. That’s why they were pleased to learn about a soy-biobased alternative that not only got the job done well, but did it without the adverse side-effects.
Many college students spend their summers working at restaurants, lifeguarding or babysitting to make a little extra money before heading back to school. For two members of the Collegiate Biobased Network who were interns at Ford Motor Company, their summer jobs helped drive sustainable automobiles to the next level.
“Soy-based hydraulic fluid dramatically reduces our exposure to remediation costs if we should ever have a leak or spill in one of our more than 100 hydraulic elevators here at Penn State.”
After successful performance evaluations, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) has officially introduced soy biobased penetrating lubricants and a spill sorbent into the federal buying system.
For the 20 people who work in Ft. Lee’s Building 11108, it’s comforting that the cabinets throughout the building emit no formaldehyde.
Founded in 1976, The Futon Shop is one of the largest eco-friendly retail trendsetters in the nation.
Biobased products perform and help meet sustainability goals.
Biobased products replace petroleum-based products – in everything from hand cleaner to graffiti remover to auto lubricants.
The University of Northern Michigan’s Golf Course (GC-NMU) is pursuing twin goals: financial as well as environmental sustainability.
Yellowstone National Park’s problem with plastic bottles launched an innovative new partnership to use the bottles in American-made soy-backed carpet. It also created a new source of funding for environmental projects at Yellowstone.
Fort Belvoir Army Base in Fairfax County, Virginia accomplished what no other military base in the country had achieved by mid-2010 — attain the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification for new construction.
The U.S. Air Force began using carpet made with soy-based backing in 2009.
Oil spills are a daily occurrence in the Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM) Transportation Support maintenance shop at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.
In 18 months, the state of Ohio went from an idea to actual implementation of the nation’s most comprehensive state biobased procurement program. Here’s how.
Lake County, Illinois is using a soy-based sealant and preservation agent to prolong the life of one its most heavily used bike paths.
The Government Printing Office (GPO) has piloted a new soy biobased green roof system on one of its headquarters buildings in Washington, D.C.
Many federal, state and local governments as well as private citizens want to make their buildings more energy efficient.
As with weatherization and energy efficiency efforts, numerous soy-biobased products are effective and proven in road construction projects as well.
When Federal agencies want to “go green” with biobased products, there are, of course, many ways to achieve that goal. The Department of Homeland Security’s Transportation Security Administration (TSA) took a very organized and methodical approach.
The U.S. Army Tank-Automotive RD&E Center (TARDEC) successfully completed a field demonstration of biobased hydraulic fluids for military construction equipment.
Dozens of U.S. military facilities have switched to or installed new equipment that comes with a biobased transformer coolant fluid-Envirotemp® FR3®.
Gary Cantrell and his crew needed to take up black mastic from a floor in one of their hospital’s ear, nose and throat clinics to install carpet.
When a U.S. Navy submarine comes to Portsmouth Naval Shipyard (PNS) to be renovated and updated, it gets a total overhaul inside and out right down to the smallest detail.