TGIF – Teenager (turns) Grease into Fuel

Kids do the weirdest things – some of which actually turn out pretty cool. We’re no stranger to kids hatching alternative energy projects, some of which end well and some of which not so much. The current rising star is 13-year-old Cassandra Lin from Westerly, R.I., using cooking oil to make fuel.

Kids Do The Darndest Things 

Lin’s project didn’t involve a biodiesel refinery – instead, she got her whole town involved. She and her organization – Turning Grease into Fuel, or TGIF – talked the town council into establishing a cooking oil container, and then convinced restaurants and citizens to dump grease into it. Once that seemed to be going well, Lin and TGIF expanded. TGIF now generates more than 30,000 gallons of biodiesel each year and offsets 250 tons of CO2 emissions.

Over the past two years, in addition to turning gunk into fuel, TGIF has gotten quite a bit of attention. It was a regional winner for the President’s Environmental Youth Awards, and Lin was designated an Earth Child Institute Earth Child of the Month. The United Nations has recognized Lin as well, and she’ll be one of 1,400 young people at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro next June.

Source | Image: Huffington Post

Charis Michelsen

spent 7 years living in Germany and Japan, studying both languages extensively, doing translation and education with companies like Bosch, Nissan, Fuji Heavy, and others. Charis has a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and currently lives in Chicago, Illinois. She also believes that Janeway was the best Star Trek Captain.