E.H. Gentry, HMA partner in alternative fuel project
by Shane Dunaway
Sep 18, 2013 | 1650 views |  0 comments | 47 47 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Project Green employment specialist Anton Chatman works with former Alabama School for the Deaf student and current E.H. Gentry Facility work experience student David Mumford, a Foley native, to pump out waste vegetable oil from HMA’s Engine Line 1.
Project Green employment specialist Anton Chatman works with former Alabama School for the Deaf student and current E.H. Gentry Facility work experience student David Mumford, a Foley native, to pump out waste vegetable oil from HMA’s Engine Line 1.
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LINCOLN – An Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind campus and one of Talladega County’s leading employers have partnered in an effort to produce alternative fuels.

Students and staff members participating in E.H. Gentry Facility’s biodiesel production program, Project Green, plan to collect more than 19,200 pounds of waste vegetable oil from Honda Manufacturing of Alabama cafeterias.

“With the HMA partnership, we will collect HMA’s waste vegetable oil, convert it into biodiesel and deliver the biodiesel to HMA,” AIDB’s Jessica Edmiston said. “Then, HMA will mix the biofuel at a 20 percent ratio with traditional diesel and provide the fuel to Nexeo Solutions, HMA’s environmental subcontractor, for use in their vehicles.”

By entering into this partnership, HMA saves approximately $6,000 annually in waste vegetable oil pickup costs and diesel fuel charges.

“This new program to convert waste vegetable oil from Honda’s cafeterias represents a further expansion of Honda’s environmental commitment to ‘Reduce, Reuse and Recycle,’” HMA project coordinator Davis Ajaegbu said. “We are exceptionally pleased to partner with AIDB to expand and advance this important environmental program.”

Through Project Green, students and staff members assisting the project have the capacity to create up to 55 gallons of biodiesel per day while learning about the advantages and environmental impacts of using alternative fuels.

No stranger to being environmentally conscious, HMA recycles approximately 80 million pounds of scrap metal, four million pounds of cardboard, 500,000 pounds of plastic and 20,000 pounds of aluminum cans annually.

John Mascia, AIDB president, commended HMA for its efforts in helping make Alabama a bit greener and becoming the first state automaker to partner with the Project Green initiative.

“Not one to seek public recognition, HMA works tirelessly behind the scenes to altruistically give back to the communities where its associates live and work,” Mascia said. “Each HMA representative is service-oriented and committed to continuous improvement. Not only will this philosophy and partnership serve as a training mechanism for our students in E. H. Gentry Facility’s blind, deaf and general services tracks, but it will encourage others to analyze how they can minimize their ‘footprint’ on the environment while bringing further exposure to the benefits of alternative fuels.”

Project Green provides free collection services for waste vegetable oil to local businesses and offers clean containers following each collection.

Anyone interested in learning more or becoming a Project Green partner may email projectgreen@aidb.state.al.us or contact project director Tony Haywood at haywood.tony@aidb.state.al.us or 256-761-3424.

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