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For facilities with shuttle services or vehicle fleets, EPA can provide guidance on how to make smart environmental purchasing decisions for vehicles and vehicle maintenance products.

Biodiesel is an alternative fuel produced from domestic, renewable resources. Fats, oils, and greases from restaurant activities can be recycled into biodiesel. It is safe to use in any diesel engine and is more sustainable and far less polluting than conventional petroleum diesel. Biodiesel significantly reduces asthma-causing soot, greenhouse gases, carbon dioxide, and sulfur dioxide in air emissions. Along with creating less pollution, biodiesel is simple to use, biodegradable, and non-toxic. Produced from renewable resources such as waste cooking oil or soybean oil, biodiesel reduces dependence on limited energy resources. The "fat to fuel" process recovers energy and recycles waste oils that are either dumped in landfills or flushed down drains, clogging pipes and causing costly sewer spills. For more information, visit EPA’s biodiesel page.

The Chumash Resort Casino developed a program to recycle oil from the casino restaurants into fuel for their fleet vehicles. Read the Chumash Resort Casino case study (PDF) (5 pp, 396K, About PDF) to learn about their innovative program.

In 2004, EPA launched SmartWaySM - an innovative brand that represents environmentally cleaner, more fuel-efficient transportation options. In its simplest form, the SmartWay brand identifies products and services that reduce transportation-related emissions. However, the impact of the brand is much greater as the SmartWay brand signifies a partnership among government, business and consumers to protect our environment, reduce fuel consumption, and improve our air quality for future generations.


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