Cedar Crest receives award for 'clearing the air'

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December 21st, 2009
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Last summer, Cedar Crest developed a technology that converts used cooking oil from its restaurants into fuel for its vehicles. Now the community has been recognized for its ingenuity by the Morris County Municipal Utilities Authority. [caption id="attachment_7251" align="alignright" width="280" caption="Pictured is the team that developed the biodiesel technology at Cedar Crest: Senior Facilities Manager Julius Cirelli, Project Manager Rich Ferguson, Executive Director Cathy Guttman, resident Bill Sperry, Senior Facilities Manager Bill Wallace, and Senior Maintenance Mechanic Mike Kostyszyn."]Cedar Crest was honored at Morris County s 22nd Annual Recycling Awards Dinner which recognizes businesses, schools, and industries for their efforts in protecting the environment with the Friar Truck Award. (Here s the story behind the award s name, according to the Morris County Municipal Utilities Authority: Friar Truck was a nod to the Robin Hood character often represented as a nature-lover who couldn t survive the rigors and rules of life in a monastery. Similarly, a group of folks at Cedar Crest weren t pleased with the fact that diesel fuel ruled its shuttle buses. ) The system of converting oil into fuel was an eight-month project spearheaded by resident Bill Sperry, a retired chemical engineer, who worked with Cedar Crest staffers to create a mini processing plant by modifying an existing garage.

Why use oil?

Cedar Crestproduces approximately 500 gallons of used cooking oil a month. After putting it through a processor that Sperry and his team bought and redesigned, the oil can be pumped directly into any of the community s vehicles and other diesel-powered equipment in 80-gallon batches. Called biodiesel, this form of energy is a clean-burning alternative fuel produced from domestic, renewable resources. It contains no petroleum, is nontoxic, and is essentially free from sulfur and aromatics. The vehicles that use biodiesel atCedar Crestwill leave 90% less of a carbon footprint than those using conventional fuel. The biodiesel program is a great way to help take care of the planet because using fuel made from cooking oil reduces carbon dioxide emissions, said Penny Jones, Morris County Municipal Utilities Authority recycling education specialist. Through examples such as Cedar Crest s program, we can further promote our cause and honor the people who do great work. Says Cedar Crest s Sperry: We re just doing our part to create a change in our collective carbon footprint.