Case Studies

Pro Fisherman Says Biodiesel and Biobased Products Are Smarter Choice

Pro Fisherman Says Biodiesel and Biobased Products Are Smarter Choice

In the fishing industry, soybeans can be more than fish food – and a Missouri pro fisherman is explaining the benefits for his truck and boat.

Biobased Insulation Warms up the Windy City

Biobased Insulation Warms up the Windy City

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.

Biobased Experiment Seals Deal with Middle School Students

Biobased Experiment Seals Deal with Middle School Students

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.

Yellowstone Carpet Brings Biobased Beauty to Beastly Performance Pressures

Yellowstone Carpet Brings Biobased Beauty to Beastly Performance Pressures

The National Conference Center's leadership saw Yellowstone-inspired biobased carpet as a natural for their sustainability and performance standards.

Universities, Schools Lead the Way on Biobased

Universities, Schools Lead the Way on Biobased

Universities and public schools are at the forefront of sustainability with their use of innovative biobased products.

Soy Battles Oil Spills

Soy Battles Oil Spills

Dr. Ram Gupta and his team developed a formulation derived from a natural surfactant, soybean lecithin, to clean up oil spills.

Inspired, 2 Biobased Buildings

Inspired, 2 Biobased Buildings

Environmental Consciousness Coupled with Creativity Put Soy Inside Seattle’s Bullitt Center and Carnegie Mellon’s School of Design.

Pentagon’s Heavy Foot Traffic Still Leads to Lighter Environmental Footprint

Pentagon’s Heavy Foot Traffic Still Leads to Lighter Environmental Footprint

Pentagon staffs have taken many steps to shrink the 6.5-million-square-foot building’s environmental footprint.

UCLA Scores 6.5-Million-Gallon Water Savings

UCLA Scores 6.5-Million-Gallon Water Savings

UCLA scored big when it replaced the intramural field's grass with artificial turf. In water-starved California, this is a major victory.

Biobased Asphalt Restorer

Biobased Asphalt Restorer

“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.

Soy-Backed Grass Solving Problems Coast to Coast

Soy-Backed Grass Solving Problems Coast to Coast

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.

Parking Lot Paint is School’s Latest Step to Shrink Environmental Footprint

Parking Lot Paint is School’s Latest Step to Shrink Environmental Footprint

Soy-biobased parking lot paint is the latest biobased product helping New Jersey’s Medford-Township Public School system shrink its environmental footprint.

Biobased Products Leave No Trace at Zion National Park

Biobased Products Leave No Trace at Zion National Park

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.

Medford Township Public Schools

Medford Township Public Schools

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.

Shenandoah National Park

Shenandoah National Park

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.

DC Workers Breathe Better with Biobased

DC Workers Breathe Better with Biobased

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.

Ford Interns Drive Sustainability

Ford Interns Drive Sustainability

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.

Penn State Elevators Go Up—Environmental Risks Go Down

Penn State Elevators Go Up—Environmental Risks Go Down

“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.”

‘Going Green is Not Going Soft’

‘Going Green is Not Going Soft’

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.

Soy-based Adhesive At Fort Lee Eliminates Dangerous Formaldehyde

Soy-based Adhesive At Fort Lee Eliminates Dangerous Formaldehyde

For the 20 people who work in Ft. Lee’s Building 11108, it’s comforting that the cabinets throughout the building emit no formaldehyde.

American-Made Soy Foam Futons Are a Top Seller

American-Made Soy Foam Futons Are a Top Seller

Founded in 1976, The Futon Shop is one of the largest eco-friendly retail trendsetters in the nation.

Grand Canyon Upholds Mission With Biobased Products

Grand Canyon Upholds Mission With Biobased Products

Biobased products perform and help meet sustainability goals.

Keeping Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Picturesque

Keeping Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Picturesque

Biobased products replace petroleum-based products – in everything from hand cleaner to graffiti remover to auto lubricants.

Northern Michigan University Golf Course Uses Biobased

Northern Michigan University Golf Course Uses Biobased

The University of Northern Michigan’s Golf Course (GC-NMU) is pursuing twin goals: financial as well as environmental sustainability.

Soy-Backed Carpet Partnership Helps Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks

Soy-Backed Carpet Partnership Helps Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks

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.

Soy-Based Spray Foam Insulation Helps with Base Greening/LEED Certification

Soy-Based Spray Foam Insulation Helps with Base Greening/LEED Certification

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.

Air Force Rolls Out Soy-Backed Carpet

Air Force Rolls Out Soy-Backed Carpet

The U.S. Air Force began using carpet made with soy-based backing in 2009.

Absorbent Makes Shop Clean-Up a Breeze

Absorbent Makes Shop Clean-Up a Breeze

Oil spills are a daily occurrence in the Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM) Transportation Support maintenance shop at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.

Ohio Biobased Purchasing Program Builds State Model of Success

Ohio Biobased Purchasing Program Builds State Model of Success

    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.

Chicago Area Turns to Soy for Bike Path Resurfacing

Chicago Area Turns to Soy for Bike Path Resurfacing

Lake County, Illinois is using a soy-based sealant and preservation agent to prolong the life of one its most heavily used bike paths.

Government Printing Office Roof Goes Green

Government Printing Office Roof Goes Green

The Government Printing Office (GPO) has piloted a new soy biobased green roof system on one of its headquarters buildings in Washington, D.C.

Biobased Products Can Play a Major Role in Weatherization Projects

Biobased Products Can Play a Major Role in Weatherization Projects

Many federal, state and local governments as well as private citizens want to make their buildings more energy efficient.

Soy-Based Products ‘Road Ready’

Soy-Based Products ‘Road Ready’

As with weatherization and energy efficiency efforts, numerous soy-biobased products are effective and proven in road construction projects as well.

Transportation Security Administration Pilot Project Finds Biobased Cleaners Work Well

Transportation Security Administration Pilot Project Finds Biobased Cleaners Work 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.

Hydraulic Fluids Meet Military Standards

Hydraulic Fluids Meet Military Standards

The U.S. Army Tank-Automotive RD&E Center (TARDEC) successfully completed a field demonstration of biobased hydraulic fluids for military construction equipment. 

Soy-Based Transformer Coolant Biodegrades Quickly

Soy-Based Transformer Coolant Biodegrades Quickly

Dozens of U.S. military facilities have switched to or installed new equipment that comes with a biobased transformer coolant fluid-Envirotemp® FR3®.

Cherokee Nation Cuts Fumes and Labor Costs With Soy-based Paint Stripper and Mastic Remover

Cherokee Nation Cuts Fumes and Labor Costs With Soy-based Paint Stripper and Mastic Remover

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.

Soy-Based Paint Stripper Reduces Health Risks

Soy-Based Paint Stripper Reduces Health Risks

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.