News & Updates

Penn State Elevators Go Up—Environmental Risks Go Down

The Pennsylvania State University built a winning team for sustainability. They combined the strengths of their staff for facilities, environmental management and research with U.S. soybean farmers and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Together, they birthed a biobased product that is a sustainability solution for buildings across the country.

USDA Designates New Biobased Product Categories

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced July 11 that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated eight new biobased product categories for preferred Federal procurement.

Renowned Ski Resort Catches Thrills with Biobased Products

Jackson Hole Mountain Resort in Teton Village, Wyoming, is one of the most pristine ski resorts in the world.  The staff there works hard to keep it that way through ambitious sustainability goals.

USDA Issues Final Rule Designating 8 Additional Items

On June 11, 2013, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued a final rule (referred to as “Round 10”) to add 8 new items to the list of designated biobased items.

Country-City Sustainability Connections Grow through New York’s Use of Biodiesel & Biobased Products

New York’s greenhouse gas reduction strategy includes use of biodiesel and Bioheat® (biodiesel blended with heating oil). The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey as well as New York Parks and Recreation use biodiesel in thousands of vehicles.

New and Improved Website More Tools to Help Switch to Biobased Products

USB has loaded its updated website with more resources than ever to help transition to biobased products uses.

Secretary Vilsack highlights biobased economy at forum on agricultural innovation

On December 19, Secretary Vilsack gave a keynote address at the National Chamber Foundation forum on agricultural innovation. A transcript of the Secretary’s address – entitled “Rural America: New Markets, New Understanding, Unlimited Opportunity”

USDA Proposes 8 Additional Biobased Product Categories

USDA proposes to add 8 new designated biobased product categories for federal procurement.

USDA Issues Final Rule Designating 12 Additional Items

On November 19, 2012, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued a final rule (referred to as “Round 9”) to add 12 new items to the list of designated biobased items.

Biobased Product Categories Designated by USDA for Federal Procurement Preference

The U.S. Department of Agriculture designates categories of biobased products for a federal procurement preference.