Case Studies

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.

Biobased Roofs - Both Green and White

Biobased Roofs - Both Green and White

The historic Varick Street Federal building in New York City’s Lower Manhattan has a new, sparkling white soy-based roof coating. The coating extends the roof’s service life by more than 50 percent and exceeds New York City’s CoolRoofs guidelines.

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.”

Counties Nationwide Realize Benefits of Soy-Based Products

Counties Nationwide Realize Benefits of Soy-Based Products

Across the nation, county governments are using a wide-range of soy biobased products as they implement far-reaching sustainability and greening initiatives. 

‘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.

Pentagon Welcomes Soy-backed Entry Mats

Pentagon Welcomes Soy-backed Entry Mats

In 2010, the Pentagon began a pilot test of a new entryway mat made by EcoPath™ at one of their main entrances.

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 Biobased Spray Foam Insulation Protects in Flood-Prone Areas

Soy Biobased Spray Foam Insulation Protects in Flood-Prone Areas

Mother Nature’s record 2008 floods wreaked havoc on an Eastern Iowa Nature Center.  Today, the building is better insulated than ever thanks to spray foam insulation that uses naturally renewable soy

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.

Hiawatha National  Forest

Hiawatha National Forest

The people in the business of introducing new products and procedures know that there are classic ways to achieve their goals. One is to find a “champion” and another is to find a source of products for actual trials in the “field.”

Middle School Stops Leaks with New Biobased Roof

Middle School Stops Leaks with New Biobased Roof

To put a stop to roof leaks, Wilmington, Del. Bayard Middle School developed and managed roof replacements using soy-based roof coatings.

Public Housing Residents Get ‘Cool’ New Biobased Roof Thanks to Federal Stimulus Money

Public Housing Residents Get ‘Cool’ New Biobased Roof Thanks to Federal Stimulus Money

Wilmington, Delaware Housing Authority (WHA) Executive Director Frederick S. Purnell, Sr. saw an opportunity to provide energy efficiency and environmental benefits to tenants.

NOAA Operates Three, 100 Percent Biobased Ships

NOAA Operates Three, 100 Percent Biobased Ships

Biobased allows for “Green Ship Initiative” In the Great Lakes

Biobased Products Help Protect Yellowstone

Biobased Products Help Protect Yellowstone

The use of biodiesel fuel and other environmental activities drives “The Greening of Yellowstone.”

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.

Georgia Association of Counties Uses Carpet with Soy-based Backing

Georgia Association of Counties Uses Carpet with Soy-based Backing

Ross King says that the “ACCG not only talks the talk, but it walks the walk”, and their recent installation of soy-based carpeting is just one of many examples.

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. 

BEAN-e-doo® Does It All for U.S. Postal Service Including Saving Big Dollars

BEAN-e-doo® Does It All for U.S. Postal Service Including Saving Big Dollars

When the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) discovered, tested and began using the mastic remover with the catchy name, BEAN–e–doo®, its primary reasons were that it was safe to use and it worked very well.

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®.

USDA Staff Strives To Make Buildings ‘Environmentally Sustainable’ With Biobased Products

USDA Staff Strives To Make Buildings ‘Environmentally Sustainable’ With Biobased Products

Under the umbrella of “environmental sustainability,” the U.S. Department of  Agriculture’s Office of Operations is using biobased products wherever they can to operate and maintain, as well as modernize its headquarters buildings.

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.