On June 27, we announced in conjunction with the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association the establishment of a “Monarch Fueling Station” at our plant near Newton, Iowa.
“What exactly is a Monarch Fueling Station?” you might ask.
As monarch butterfly pollination is critical to the same agriculture industry that drives biofuel production, the Monarch Fueling Station project calls for ethanol and biodiesel producers to establish habitats for the species on green spaces around biofuel plants. The latest will be at our Newton biorefinery, which produces approximately 30 million gallons of biodiesel per year.
“Creating our Monarch Fueling Station is a great project that REG Newton is proud to be adding to our facility,” said Plant Manager Phil Abels. “Protecting the environment is what REG does every day and providing habitat for pollinators is something all of us at REG Newton can get excited about and participate in. This effort is a great way to make an immediate impact on preserving the longevity of Iowa’s wildlife.”
The location and size of the plot was decided in consultation with Kevin Reynolds, the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association’s (IRFA) Habitat Establishment Coordinator.
“Phil and his team at REG Newton are passionate about this project,” Reynolds said. “I look forward to seeing their Monarch Fueling Station grow and make a difference for the monarch butterfly.”
Butterflies and biodiesel thriving side by side: just another example of how renewable energy and environmental conservation are truly inextricable.