Center for Advanced BioEnergy Research, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Friday, July 15, 2011

Caterpillar adds perennial grasses to its property for bioenergy demonstration plots (Decatur, IL)
By CHRIS LUSVARDI - H&R Staff Writer
Posted: Thursday, July 14, 2011 12:01 am

DECATUR - Caterpillar Inc. has added growing perennial grasses as part of its efforts to be environmentally friendly.

The company officially unveiled its plans Wednesday to use 60 acres it owns near its Decatur plant as prairie for bioenergy demonstration plots.

The plots are bounded by Pershing Road to the south, 22nd Street on the west and 27th Street on the east. Hubbard Avenue divides the property on the north edge into two sections.

"This is a very visible example of our sustainable efforts," said Ron Ingram, Caterpillar supply chain manager at the Decatur plant. "We hope it sets a good example for other organizations and entities to get involved. We're excited to see what develops out of this."

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