Happy Eight Years to the Green Jobs Waiver!



Happy 8th Year to the Green Jobs Waiver!

Eight years ago today, Growth Energy filed the Green Jobs Waiver to the Environmental Protection Agency to get higher blends like E15 available for commercial use.

Here’s a quick look at some of the milestones E15 has reached in less than a decade:

  • E15 is approved for 87 percent of the cars on the road.
  • More than 500 million miles have been driven on E15.
  • The latest research shows that ethanol produced from corn can reduce GHG emissions by as much as 59 percent relative to gasoline.
  • E15 can be found in 28 states, at 650 retail locations.
  • E15 remains the most tested fuel in history - In six million miles of testing, the Department of Energy found no problems with the use of E15 in the numerous vehicles selected.

To learn more about the benefits of E15 and to find your closest retailer visit: https://getethanol.com


7 Fun Facts about Vinegar

In honor of National Vinegar Day and our recent acquisition of Fleischmann’s Vinegar, we have put together for you seven fun facts about vinegar!

1. Vinegar can be used as a substitute for fresh lemon juice.

2. White vinegar can help treat a sunburn. Simply put a tissue over the sunburned skin and lightly spray with white vinegar. It helps restore your skin to the correct acidity and gives a cooling effect. 

3. The term “vinegar” comes from the French word “vin aigre,” meaning sour wine.

4. Vinegar was discovered over 10,000 years ago.

5. You can use full strength white distilled vinegar to kill grass on sidewalks and driveways.

6. Vinegar can help soothe a queasy stomach! The queasy curing cocktail is made of apple cider vinegar, water and honey.

7. The shelf life for vinegar is almost indefinite due to its acidic nature. It is self-preserving and does not need refrigeration.

To learn more about vinegar, visit versatilevinegar.org.


DKMS Delete Blood Cancer Donor Drive: July 12

Every 3 minutes in the United States, someone is diagnosed with a blood cancer. For many patients, a bone marrow transplant is the best chance for survival. While 30% of patients can find a matching donor in their families, 70%—nearly 14,000 each year—must rely on a benevolent stranger to step up and donate.

On July 12, Green Plains will hold donor registration drives across all of our locations to help match blood cancer patients to potential donors. Our donor drives are in partnership with DKMS, an organization dedicated to the fight against blood cancer.

Even with over 800,000 registrations, 7 out of 10 patients will not receive the lifesaving bone marrow transplant they need. And that’s why DKMS needs you — to help increase the number of donor matches by increasing the number of names on the national bone marrow registry.

Wondering if you’re eligible to be on the bone marrow registry? Finding out is easy and only takes 10 minutes! All that is required is filling out a form and swabbing the inside of your cheek. Check the listing to below to find out where your community’s donor registration drive will be held on July 12.


Thorntons to Offer E15 in Chicago

Great news for our friends in Chicago!

Thorntons, a Louisville-based fuel retailer with 184 stores in six states, announced that it will offer Unleaded15, Thorntons’ branded E15 fueling option, to its guests at all 43 Chicago-area stores beginning this March.

E15 contains up to 15 percent ethanol and up to 85 percent gasoline. The EPA has approved the use of E15 in model year 2001 or newer cars, light duty trucks, SUVs, and Flex Fuel vehicles. That’s more than 80 percent of the cars, trucks and SUVs on the road today! E15 typically costs less than regular unleaded fuel, offers improved engine performance and reduces harmful greenhouse gas emissions.

Unleaded15 offers a great value to our Chicago guests, and supports our desire to provide the best possible fuel options,” stated Jeff Gallic, Vice President of Fuel Supply.

By adding E15 to the fuel lineup, retailers like Thorntons are committing to consumer choice and supporting a homegrown, high-performance fuel.

This spring, Thorntons will join more than 175 retail stations already offering. In the nearly 20 cities rolling out E15, offering a cleaner gasoline may help reduce smog levels allowing Americans to breathe cleaner air. Additional E15 pumps are being added regularly — tell your local station you want to fill-up with E15, too!

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