Mary Baldwin Presents Bio-diesel — Alternative Fuel

November 24, 2005

As a visiting lecturer for Mary Baldwin University’s Biochemistry department, Chad Freckmann, executive director of Blue Ridge Clean Fuels will be speaking about bio-diesel, the fastest growing alternative fuel in the United States. His is also a member of the Piedmont Environmental Council who is focused on making local governments and the general public aware of fuel and energy alternatives.

Freckmann’s professional career has been focused on international sales and marketing of agricultural commodities and technology. Recently, he re-focused his career aspirations on issues of sustainability and developed expertise in renewable energy; particularly bio-fuels. He established Blue Ridge Clean Fuels, a non-profit organization, to promote the use of alternative fuels in transportation and a reduction in petroleum consumption and works to improve air quality and public health and foster development of economic opportunities in alternative energy. Current projects include assisting the City of Charlottesville in developing a school bus idling policy, implementing bio-diesel use in public transportation on a trial basis, and establishing a bio-diesel cooperative.

Freckmann earned a bachelor’s in political science from University of Virginia, served as a Peace Corps volunteer in West Africa, and is active in community service in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The public is invited to attend the bio-diesel presentation to hear Chad Freckmann Monday, November 28 at 6 p.m. in Francis Auditorium, located at the corner of Coalter and Frederick streets in Staunton, on the campus of Mary Baldwin University. This event is free of charge.