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WMU leasing city building for biodiesel production

Jan. 31, 2007

KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University will rent the city-owned building at 1415 N. Harrison St., Kalamazoo, for $1 per year and use the 2,580 square feet of interior space for biodiesel fuel production.

The Bronco Biodiesel initiative, announced in partnership with the city of Kalamazoo last fall, is expected to produce in excess of 100,000 gallons of blended biodiesel fuel derived largely from recycled restaurant trap grease. Most of the biodiesel will be used by Kalamazoo's Metro Transit bus system. The two-year lease has a three-year renewal option.

Bronco Biodiesel production is directed by the Department of Chemistry. The WMU Board of Trustees approved the lease of the property at its Jan. 26 meeting.

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Media contact: Cheryl Roland, (269) 387-8400, cheryl.roland@wmich.edu

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