Bioenergy is a kind of renewable energy made available by converting one form of chemical energy, from a biological source, to a more usable energy. Typical biomass includes agricultural wastes, municipal sewage and solid waste, industrial and forestry wastes, animal manure and crop residues. The energy harvested from these resources can be converted into fuels such as biogas, biodiesel, and bioethanol.

Because bioenergy comes from renewable sources, it will never run out. It presents a possibility for a sustainable way of providing fuel for a community. Bioenergy production yields little or no chemical pollutants, so it has minimal impact on the environment. Growing more biomass for bioenergy and consuming less fossil fuel reduces greenhouse gas emissions.

Scott Logsdon attended the summer Ag Biotech Academy workshop, sponsored by the Ohio Soybean Council. Using supplies he received at the workshop, Logsdon’s Bexley High School AP Biology class completed the biodiesel lab.

Logsdon said, “It worked great! We ended it on the “climate strike” day which was perfect, as it opened up conversation about why we were still using petroleum diesel if the soy version had less environmental impact and more use of byproducts. It was a great discussion.”

“I love these workshops—they include so many cool labs and activities! They have energized my teaching more!” Logsdon said.

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