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Chicago Park District’s Biodiesel Program Featured on WGN-TV News

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

CHICAGO, Oct. 6, 2016 – The Chicago Park District, a member of Chicago Area Clean Cities, today was featured on WGN-TV News, highlighting their innovative biodiesel program. The Park District works with Darling Ingredients and Renewable Energy Group (REG) to reuse old cooking oil from Chicago-area restaurants such as Portillo’s, Wendy’s and Arby’s, as well as venues such as United Center and U.S. Cellular Field.

The Chicago Park District uses up to 8,700 gallons of ASTM-certified biodiesel annually at up to a 50 percent biodiesel/diesel blend. The high-blend biodiesel fuel is used in nearly 60 of the district’s diesel fleet, ranging from lawnmowers to garbage trucks and log loaders. The biodiesel meets BQ-9000 specifications, which is the highest quality biodiesel available. To view the story, click here.

About Chicago Area Clean Cities

Chicago Area Clean Cities (CACC) is a nonprofit coalition focused on promoting cleaner energy for commercial and government fleets in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. CACC is one of more than 90 coalitions across the country that are affiliated with the U.S. DOE’s Clean Cities program, which brings together stakeholders to increase the use of alternative fuel and advanced-vehicle technologies, reduce idling, and improve fuel economy and air quality. CACC concentrates its efforts on educating businesses and municipalities in the six-county Chicago area, including Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry, and Will counties. To learn more, visit