Steps to Shrink Your Environmental Footprint

Biodiesel Ambassador Chris Case’s lifetime commitment to environmental stewardship has earned him a place in the Michigan Environmental Hall of Fame. Throughout his career, Case has forged a model for sustainable practices like biodiesel and biobased product use. We urge you to read about his path to success with soy-biobased here and feel free to contact for more information on how you can take some simple steps that will make a big difference for the environment and worker health and safety.

Elizabeth Brown, a member of the Muskegon Environmental Research & Education Society Advisory Committee, presented the award to Case during a May 15, 2019 ceremony at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids, Mich. Photo credit: Muskegon Environmental Research & Education Society

During his tenure as facilities manager at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in Munising, Michigan, Case led early adoption of cleaner burning biodiesel in the 1990s. As a volunteer Biodiesel Ambassador, he has generously shared the real world environmental and performance benefits of biodiesel and biobased products with parks, schools and fleets across the nation.


Case led Pictured Rock’s efforts to reduce its environmental footprint, protect natural resources for generations to come, and improve worker health and safety. The Lakeshore’s Environmental Leadership program, which included the use of biodiesel as well as soy-biobased lubricants and other products, earned the 2005 Department of the Interior’s Environmental Achievement Award. The six components of the program included: photovoltaics; green purchasing; recycling; reduced toxins; bio-fluids substitution and environmental practices.

“Plant the seed and make it grow” is the motto Case continues to follow in his retirement as he educates parks, government agencies and others about the benefits of environmental best practices and biobased products.

The Muskegon Environmental Research & Education Society hosted an induction ceremony on May 15, 2019 at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids, Mich.  The Michigan Environmental Hall of Fame began in 2010 when the Muskegon Environmental Research & Education Society wanted to celebrate the efforts of environmentalists across the state. For more information visit The Muskegon Lake Nature Preserve Hall of Fame.