Category “Greenway Transit”

PRESS RELEASE: Columbia U. Mens’ Basketball Team rides to “victory” on Greenways biodiesel bus

Wednesday, 18 January, 2012

On January 7-8, 2012, Columbia University Mens’ Basketball team
traveled from Greensboro PTI Aiport to Elon and back on a biodiesel bus,
the first ground transportation by such means by an Ivy League conference NCAA team.

University travel by teams, faculty, students and staff is usually the third largest carbon footprint of a campus after buildings and daily commuters.   Greenway Transit of Durham, NC has developed a software program that calculates the footprint of any transit gig, giving the estimated footprint reduction by riding in a biodiesel bus.

Greenway Transit Footprint Report for
Columbia Mens’ Basketball Team:

260.0 miles where traveled In the a 47 passenger MCI Bus
with 28 occupants, using about 52. gallons of fuel.

CO2e and Crud totals for the trip and per person…
227.54 Pounds of CO2e for the TRIP TOTAL
8.12 Pounds of CO2e per person
1.96 Pounds of HC/CO/NOx/VOCs/PM for the TRIP TOTAL
0.07 Pounds of HC/CO/NOx/VOCs/PM per person

Comparing per capita B100 emissions against those of gasoline and diesel in units of pounds…
1001.05 Pounds fewer of CO2e produced by each person than with gas in an average light duty vehicle with one occupant.

Same as above in percentages…
99.19  Percent less net CO2e produced by each person than if using gasoline in a 2008-average light duty vehicle with one occupant

99.74 Percent less non-GHG air pollutants produced by each person than with gas in an average light duty vehicle with one occupant

Comparing gross trip emissions against those of gasoline and diesel in percentages…
77.45 Percent less CO2e overall than with gasoline in an average light duty vehicle
92.88 Percent less HC/CO/NOx/VOCs/PM overall than with gasoline in an average light duty vehicle

This was a major achievement on top of wining their 11th game of the season, and allowed the Columbia Lions to move their University down the road towards lowering their footprint.  Student athletes were impressed with the opportunity to lower their footprint and by the informative speech given to each Greenway group before their trip.

Biodiesel made from locally collected waste vegetable oil (WVO) has nearly a zero carbon footprint and significantly reduces other air pollutant emissions.  Combined with idle reduction and minimization of traveled miles through planning and logistics, which Greenway Transit practices, University travel footprints can be lowered.

“The key to future reductions will be high mpg vehicles, that combine carbon or composite fiber to lighten and strengthen vehicles and hybrid systems that store braked energy and help vehicles accelerate (where most of the energy is used),”  states Greenway Manager, Marc Dreyfors, “well, getting public policy that puts a price on carbon and finding and developing additional sources of sustainable, biofuel feedstock are also critical.”  He continued, “okay, we may have a long way to go to reduce our footprint, but this is at least a start!”

Greenway Transit is working with The Forest Foundation and Carolina Biodiesel to develop a franchise model for value-adding waste veggie oil, to biodiesel, to green transportation for university and college towns across the US.  For more information on how you can lower your University campus teams footprint, contact Greenway Transit at

Greening of the UNC Greeks

Thursday, 24 February, 2011

Starting in the Spring of 2011, The Forest Foundation, with the help of the Greek Sustainability Council and Dr. Sandy Smith-Nonini’s Environmental Justice Class, have engaged the UNC Greek houses in a wide range of greening initiatives.  Thanks to Reverend Robert Campbell, the Chef at Pi Kappa Alpha and member of the RENA Community who came by our pedicab at the Transitions meeting in Carrboro in the Fall of 2010, we have adopted this project.  TFF sees the benefits and impacts of helping these historical student groups “transition” to a greener economy and healthier lifestyle.  “We hope to have some fun and learn something too,” says TFF President, Marc Dreyfors, “It is a two-way street and we are learning all the time, but ultimately the Houses will save some money and direct their resources to building more resilient communities, plus this will look good on their resume, because everyone is doing it.”

Greeks Gone Green:

Case Study of

UNC’s Fraternity Row!

A project of The Forest Foundation, Inc. and

Carolina Biodiesel, Greenway Transit, Bountiful Backyards and Rogers–Eubanks Neighborhood Assoc. (RENA), Coalition to End Environmental Racism (CEER) and The UNC Greek Sustainability Council.

Community Supported Energy (CSE):

Recycling Waste Veggie Oil (WVO) to Fuel

Greek Fraternity and Sorority Chapter Houses at UNC are committing to having their waste fryer oil collected and recycled into locally made biodiesel.  Each house produces approximately 5 gallons a week and can return the oil into 5 gal carboys or dump the used oil into centralized recycling containers behind their houses.  The goal is to create an easy and efficient system for collection, and reduce chances for spillage.  Receptacles will be placed in containment to reduce chances for spillage and covered.  They will be monitored and checked as a part of an educational program to lower pollution impacts. (Contact: Marc Dreyfors, Carolina Biodiesel)

Community Supported Agriculture(CSA):

Local, Organic Farm-Fresh Food

In addition, Greek Houses can purchase and have delivered daily, local farm fresh organic produce and meats to be divided among chefs, with orders placed by internet and a coordinator helping see the timely delivery.  The coordination can be done by a student intern and overseen by The Forest Foundation or other community based organization or business.  The goal will be to link student healthful living and eating with community based agriculture, supporting important self-sufficiency and resiliency systems.  Produce can come from the many community garden projects and local farms as well as support minority farming projects, like the Hope Garden, RENA Project in Carrboro supported by Bountiful Backyards. In addition, organic material can also be collected for composting on site or in some of the local gardens.  (Contact: Robert Campbell, Chef Beth)


Educational workshops can be hosted on topics ranging from local, sustainable energy production, energy efficiency and weatherization, getting a green job, how to get your Greek House off the grid, to organic backyard farming, composting and recycling and eating healthfully and cheaply.  These can be made fun and entertaining (keg of beer and pizza always help, of course with all local ingredients)!

Green Tours

A range of green, or ecotours, can be offered to using buses running on waste veggie oil biodiesel, using Greenway Transit’s fleet.  Discounts will be given to Greek Members for use of biofuel limos, taxis and buses as well as bike pedicabs for social events and dates around town or out of town.  Tours include brewery tours in the area, restaurant tours and farms tours as well traditional fun tours to the Washington, DC, the beach or mountains or mountain biking, climbing and hiking areas as well as sporting events. (See

Service and Philanthropy

Finally, The Forest Foundation and it’s partner organizations can help Greek Houses fulfill their mission of service and philanthropy supporting a range of projects in the community, including low income communities in Durham and Chapel Hill, as well international projects in fair trade and biodiversity conservation.

Radical Electric Hybrid Design Line Buses

Tuesday, 26 January, 2010

Triangle Clean Cities, The Forest Foundation and Greenway Transit sponsored an impressive tour of Design Line’s new manufacturing facility in Charlotte.  We started with a relatively frank and open conversation with Marketing VP, Don Markarious.  The HEV is highly efficient and similar to a train, is seven years ahead of the competition and their R&D is keeping them ahead, while they slowly scale up their production.  They expect 5-600 units per year out of their NC based facility and have been offered an opportunity to site a second US based facility in NY to supply NY City with its annual replacement needs. Read the rest of this entry »