Rhode Island teen honored for biodiesel project

Fifteen-year-old Cassandra Lin is changing her community, her state, and her world, one pot of grease at a time

Kids: Think you can’t do anything to change the world until you get older?  Fifteen-year-old Cassandra Lin would advise you to think again.  Five years ago – when Lin was just 10 years old – she launched a project that has changed her community, and her world, for the better.
It all started in 2008, when Lin attended an eco-festival where she learned about biodiesel and how used cooking oil could be recycled into cheap, clean-burning energy.  Not long after, Lin learned about families in her own community that could not afford to pay their electric bill and heat their homes.  So Lin launched TGIF – Turn Grease Into Fuel – an initiative that partners local restaurants who are willing to donate their used kitchen grease with charities that help families who need heating assistance. It’s one of those rare systems in which everyone involves receives real, tangible benefits for their participation – so everybody wins and the movement continues to grow.
Since its inception, TGIF has grown into a network of 113 restaurants, collecting over 4,000 gallons of grease per month.  To date, TGIF has helped offset more than 2 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions. The team also helped draft a bill requiring all businesses in Rhode Island to recycle their waste cooking oil.  The Used Cooking Oil Recycling Act went into effect in January 2012.

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Jennifer Harrington is a Toronto-based illustrator, writer and graphic designer. She illustrated the best-selling children’s book series 'A Moose in a Maple Tree,' which includes the titles 'A Moose in a Maple Tree,' 'The Night Before a Canadian Christmas' and 'Canadian Jingle Bells.' She is also the owner of JSH Graphics, a boutique graphic design agency that specializes in print and web advertising. With her latest project, Eco Books 4 Kids, Jennifer has partnered with illustrator Michael Arnott to create a series of ecologically-themed ebooks for children. Her next book, 'Spirit Bear,' is due for release in the Summer of 2013. Jennifer offers two different school presentations for her 'Moose in a Maple Tree' collection, an illustration demonstration and a Christmas concert series, which can be booked at www.amooseinamapletree.com. She will be taking bookings for school readings of 'Spirit Bear' beginning in October 2013.

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