Bio-Based G-OIL Helps LWC Become a Greener Campus
Posted on Tuesday, April 09, 2013 [8:30 AM]
LWC's vehicles were switched to G-OIL to save money
and become more
COLUMBIA, Ky. -- Every day is
Earth Day at Lindsey Wilson College.
Looking to become a pioneer in developing truly green campuses, LWC
leadership found the college's green initiatives to be a recruiting
tool and a reinforcement of the schools role in its
About three years ago, LWC Operations Manager Mike Newton
discovered G-OIL, America's first and only bio-based fully
synthetic motor oil to receive American Petroleum Institute
certification, at a nearby Walmart. Newton is responsible for
tracking the college's several dozen cars, vans and buses.
After first testing G-OIL in his personal vehicles for almost a
year, Newton switched the LWC fleet of 114 vehicles to G-OIL.
"We log over 1.5 million miles per year with our fleet," Newton
said. "We thought it was important to 'walk the walk' with G-OIL in
addition to our other green initiatives."
In addition to its performance and environmental benefits, G-OIL is
competitively priced. It also reduces Newton's concerns about
spillage, especially in confined work areas, as its biodegradable
products do not require an extensive series of cleaning steps and
costs. G-OIL also helps extend the interval between oil changes
from 6,000 miles to 8,000-10,000 miles, saving time and money for
"We've been spreading the word and helping to convert friends,
co-workers, students and our neighbors," Newton siad. "If there is
a motor oil like G-OIL that is green, renewable, and biodegradable
at the same price as conventional oils, why will anyone be using
conventional oils in the future?"
G-OIL officials said they were excited LWC adopted the
"We were pleased to learn of Lindsey Wilson College's program and
their success including G-OIL in their green initiatives campaign,"
said Jeffrey Loch, Green Earth Technologies Inc. president and CMO.
"We believe there is a great opportunity to work together with
colleges and universities, where students and entire communities
are anxious to learn more about the environment and environmental
products like G-OIL and our bio-based G-CLEAN products."
According to Intertek research, replacing 0.01 percent of
conventional motor oil with synthetic G-OIL is 626 metric tonnes
CO2 eq., which is the equivalent of driving 1,508,447 miles in an
average passenger vehicle. The study notes that a single tree can
absorb 48 pounds of carbon dioxide per year and that replacing 1
percent of conventional motor oil with G-OIL would save about 137
million pounds of carbon dioxide per year, or the equivalent of
planting 2.8 million trees.
"The environment is being changed one person, one family, one
school, one community, one company at a time," Loch said. "And as
Lindsey Wilson College found, you can make positive changes and
sacrifice nothing in terms of performance or cost."