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Life Beyond Cancer Mother, executive shares tips on living your best life
seemed so insignificant. When Kathy Buckman Gibson felt a lump in her breast in 2013, she ignored it. After all, she discovered the lump by happenstance, plus her mammography a year earlier had been clear. When she started feeling some pain, however, she scheduled a doctor’s appointment.
“When you go through a life-threatening situation, you appreciate each day as a gift,” Buckman Gibson said. “I’m grateful to share my story and am proud to support the ethanol industry, which offers all of us the chance to make a positive difference with a simple choice at the pump.”
“I was shocked to find out I had a very aggressive cancer,” said Buckman Gibson of Memphis, Tennessee, who was 52 when she was diagnosed on April 3, 2013.
Q: What brings you the greatest joy?
Within 15 days of diagnosis, cancer treatments were underway for Buckman Gibson, who is president and chief operating officer of Buckman, a specialty chemical manufacturer that serves the ethanol industry and supplies products to boost ethanol plants’ efficiency. On Sept. 7, 2013, she underwent a double mastectomy. Since then, this accomplished business executive, attorney, philanthropist, wife, and mother has been cancer free and is celebrating a whole new perspective on life. Her role as a breast cancer survivor gives her an even deeper personal connection to ethanol, which displaces in gasoline toxic additives that have been shown to cause cancer.
A: I love my family, including my husband, J.W., and my
twin girls, Alicia and Savannah. They got me through my cancer treatments by keeping me laughing, and they add a level of richness to life I could never have imagined.
Q: What’s your advice to women to protect their health? A: About 1 in 8 U.S. women will develop invasive
breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. We have the power to change these numbers. It’s important to continue breast cancer research and find targeted, life-saving treatments. It’s also vital to get your annual mammogram.
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Buckman has been a proud supporter of the United Way of the Mid-South for more than 20 years.
Kathy speaks on the importance of early childhood education at an event for Shelby County Schools.
Each year Buckman associates support many local non-profits, including the Memphis Child Advocacy Center.
Q: Who are your heroes? A: My grandfather, Stanley J. Buckman, not only found-
ed Buckman but created a global business in the 1960s and 1970s, which wasn’t easy at the time. He also had the ability to motivate others to do great things. I’m grateful I had the opportunity to get to know his wife, my wonderful grandmother, Mertie Buckman, a humble, interesting lady who always looked for ways to serve others.
down their faces when they describe their experiences. It’s rewarding to have these opportunities to change people’s lives.
Q: Buckman has strong connections to the ethanol industry. What do you appreciate about ethanol? A: Ethanol helps replace carcinogenic chemicals in
Q: What motivates you to give back to your community?
conventional gasoline with a clean-burning fuel, which is meaningful to me as a cancer survivor. Ethanol also contributes to America’s energy independence and plays a key role in protecting the environment.
A: It’s up to us to shape the community we live in. I’m
Q: What’s on your bucket list?
proud to serve on the board of trustees of the Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis, an organization my grandmother started that promotes self-sufficiency for women and children. I’m also chairman of the Shelby County Early Childhood Education Plan that is working to provide high quality education to the youngest in our community. In addition, I serve on the board of the National Civil Rights Museum, whose mission is to share the culture and lessons from the American Civil Rights Movement. I also lead the global BuckmanCares initiative, which impacts approximately 100,000 people each year. I’ve seen our employees who had never volunteered before have tears of happiness streaming
A: Skydiving, traveling to Norway, and seeing an elephant in the wild.
Q: What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? A: We often can’t change circumstances, but we can
decide how we respond to those circumstances. It’s one of Buckman’s seven guiding principles to effect positive change, and it guides me, too. I want to live life to the fullest and encourage others to do the same.
The ethanol industry and the chemistry that fuels itâ€” a winning combination. In fact, Buckman has long supported the industry as a member of key organizations and as a leading supplier of advanced process and water technologies that optimize production, lower costs and reduce environmental impact. With an innovation track record spanning more than 70 years and a commitment to the future of ethanol, Buckman is uniquely qualified to help you take the lead. Learn more. Contact your Buckman representative or visit buckman.com.
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Growth Energy, E15 retailers raise more than $40,000 to combat breast cancer
The ethanol industry is making a difference every day, but Growth Energy took it a step further during Breast Cancer Awareness month last October by partnering with major fuel retailers Sheetz, Minnoco, Protec Fuel, and Murphy USA for its annual Pink Out program to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer. For each gallon of clean-burning E15 (gasoline with 15 percent ethanol) sold, 2 cents were donated to an organization fighting to eliminate breast cancer or help families affected by the disease. “We are thrilled to have such incredible partners with whom we were able to donate more than $40,000 to deserving organizations working to find a cure for breast cancer and help those affected by it,” said Emily Skor, CEO of Growth Energy. “The ethanol industry is proud to help in the fight against cancer by replacing toxic carcinogens that were previously blended in gasoline.” (continued next page) Left: Wake County Commissioner Caroline Sullivan and at-large Raleigh City Councilor Mary Ann Baldwin fill up at the ribbon cutting at a Sheetz station in Raleigh, N.C.
Consumers have driven more than
500 million miles on E15 across the USA.
Above: The Minnoco Team proudly displays their Pink Out check representing the $15,000 they collected to promote awareness and raise funds for Hope Chest for Breast Cancer. Right: Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor fills up with E15 at a Minnoco station in Minneapolis, MN during the Pink Out.
(continued from previous page) The Pink Out program ran throughout October 2016 at participating stations, with more than 700 dispensers in Arkansas, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, and North Carolina. The program raised $40,465.64, with Sheetz donating to the American Cancer Society, Minnoco to Hope Chest for Breast Cancer, Protec Fuel to the Florida Breast Cancer Foundation, and Murphy USA to Susan G. Komen. â€œThis program ensures we continue to take up the fight against breast cancer on behalf of mothers, daughters, and families everywhere,â€? Skor said. Find your nearest E15 station at GetEthanol.com and start making a difference today!
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Make E15 a New Year’s Resolution
Looking to live a healthier life in 2017? Wanting to save more money, too? Self-improvement motivates many of us to make New Year’s resolutions. But for all the good intentions, only a tiny fraction of us follow through. Research from Pennsylvania’s University of Scranton suggests that just 8 percent of people achieve their New Year’s goals. Here’s an easy tip to ensure you’ll be in the 8 percent— make a resolution to fill up with E15 (a blend of 15 percent ethanol) at the pump. Although 2017 is underway, it’s not too late to make a positive change that benefits you, your family, and the environment.
You’ll benefit every day when you fill up with ethanol: • E15 saves you an average of 5 to 10 cents per gallon. That adds up quickly! • Nine out of 10 cars on the road—any car model from 2001 or newer—can use E15 to keep their engines revving. E15 is a high-performance fuel that burns cleaner and cooler than regular gasoline. • Ethanol replaces toxic chemicals in gasoline that are proven to cause cancer, asthma, smog, and groundwater contamination. Each year, ethanol production and use decreases greenhouse gas emissions by an amount equivalent to removing 20 million cars from the road!
Ready to make the switch to E15? These three tips make it easier to achieve any resolution: 1. Keep it simple. Focus on little steps you can take to score small successes. Start by finding E15 stations near you by using the interactive map at GetEthanol.com. 2. Invent challenges. Don’t allow yourself to procrastinate. Try to fill up with E15 every time you’re near a station that offers it as a choice. 3. Share your goals with friends and family. Being accountable to others helps keep goals on track. Share the benefits of E15 and encourage your friends and family to give it a try. Here’s to a happy, healthy 2017!
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High-Octane Achiever E85 Fuels New Driver Tiffany Poen
Most of us can vividly remember getting our driver’s license and our first car—our first taste of independence and grown-up responsibility. Fuzzier, however, is our first solo trip to fill up at the pump and the likely confusing choice we made purchasing gas. Not for Tiffany Poen, a new driver who is deliberate with her fuel choice. Ethanol fuels her new adventure and, just like the truck she inherited from her grandfather, the choice was a matter of passing down a family tradition. “I really looked forward to getting my license and inheriting my grandpa Bob’s truck,” said Poen, 17, a high school junior from Lake City, Iowa. “This truck is special because my grandma Betty used to ride in it before she passed away in 2013 from complications of cancer.” Family is important to Poen, who credits her grandfather, mom, and dad for teaching her to drive on the gravel roads near her family’s farm. After completing a driver’s education course, Poen was excited to receive her official driver’s license, which has opened up a new world of possibilities. “I can go where I want,” said Poen, a high school basketball cheerleader and dancer who drives to practices at the local dance studio and joins friends at the community-owned movie theater where she volunteers.
No matter where she’s headed, there are three big reasons why Poen fills her flex-fuel truck with E85 (a blend of 85 percent ethanol): 1. E85 is a family tradition. Poen is the fifth generation of her family to farm. Her family raises corn that’s converted into ethanol. “My family only uses ethanol,” explained Poen, who plans to study agricultural business at Iowa State University and wants to pursue an ag sales career. “We’re proud that it’s a homegrown fuel that supports America’s farmers.” 2. E85 is eco-friendly. As a member of the South Central Calhoun FFA, Poen is growing her knowledge of agriculture while expanding her leadership skills. “Farming is focused on preserving our natural resources. I like how E85 is a clean energy source that helps protect the environment.” 3. E85 is easy on the wallet. When you’re a student, you have to make your money count. Poen appreciates how E85 and other ethanol blends are budget-friendly. “I want to make the best choices, and that includes E85.”
Even if you don’t have a flex-fuel vehicle, you can still make a positive difference by choosing E15 at the pump.
FACT: 627 stations in 28 states sell E15. Find the nearest one at
E15 Just Might Be Your
Perfect Match Want to know if you’re headed to happily ever after? Take this quiz to find out which fuel is a perfect match for your lifestyle.
What type of vehicle do you drive?
Did you know E15 has fans like NASCAR, Minnesota Vikings’ linebacker Chad Greenway, and top powerboat racers? Iowa farmer Chris Soules didn’t find true love on “The Bachelor,” but he’s committed to E15.
A) A compact car—I’m trying to save money after all! B) A large SUV—I have a family and need the room. C) A minivan—I take my kids to soccer practice. D) A pickup—I need to haul stuff! No matter which option fits your style, E15 (15 percent ethanol and 85 percent gasoline) is a great partner to get you where you want to go. E15 works well for any vehicle 2001 and newer.
A) Save it. B) Go shopping and treat myself.
What’s your favorite way to show your family you love them?
C) Buy gifts for family and friends. D) Donate to charities I love.
A) Budget wisely, so we have extra money to do fun things like going out to eat.
When you fill up with affordable E15, you’ll pay less. Don’t you love the idea of extra money?
B) Do everything I can to keep them healthy. C) Reconnect through family reunions and vacations. D) Take road trips together to explore our local area.
Whether you jump in the car for a road trip, vacation, or drive to the family reunion, E15 will keep you rolling. Plus, you’ll save money and curb emissions to protect your family’s health.
If you had a magic wand, what good deed would you love to do? A) Protect the environment. B) Make saving money simple and easy. C) Provide more security for my family.
What sport do you love the most?
D) All of the above.
A) NFL football.
You can do all this with ethanol, a cleaner-burning fuel that’s driving America’s energy independence. Looks like E15 is your perfect match!
B) NASCAR racing. C) Powerboat racing. D) I’m not into sports—I’d rather watch “The Bachelor.”
When you save money (yeah!), what do you do with the extra cash?
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The Automotive Press Is Buzzing About Ethanol
The fast-paced growth in popularity of E15 among drivers has intrigued automotive experts and enthusiasts. The International Motor Press Association’s (IMPA) annual Test Days event, held in Monticello, New York, proved to be the perfect venue to give car fanatics a lesson in E15 performance. More than 200 automotive reporters, bloggers, and manufacturers attended the two-day event to test drive and learn about new cars and technologies—and ethanol was a hot topic.
Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor and Andy Randolph, PhD, technical director of ECR Engines for Richard Childress Racing, a developer and builder of Chevrolet engines for NASCAR, traveled to Monticello to talk shop with attendees. They took the opportunity to reintroduce automotive reporters—many of whom had not discussed ethanol in nearly a decade—to American ethanol and E15. During test drives, lunch meetings, and informal discussions, Skor and Dr. Randolph spoke with more than 25 automotive reporters about the benefits of E15, educating them on how ethanol positively impacts engine performance. They also hosted reporters from Road & Track, SheBuysCars, WomenAutoKnow, Accent and Forum Magazines, Digital Trends, Autobytel.com, and other publications. The event generated substantive ethanol coverage, including CarGurus’ blog post, The Truth About Ethanol. American ethanol fuels most drivers across the country, with 97 percent of fuel pumped in the United States containing up to 10 percent ethanol. For years, E10 has been fueling America’s motors, but E15 is shaking things up, with more and more major retailers offering it at their stores. E15 packs more performance because it contains a natural octane rating of 113 and delivers more value by saving consumers between 5 and 10 cents per gallon, which is why leading retailers now offer it at over 600 locations across 28 states. WINTER 2017
Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor poses with John Goreham, New England reporter for the Boston Globe, CarTalk, BeStride and TorqueNews at the International Press Association Test Days at Monticello Motor Club in Monticello, N.Y.
Ethanol Gives Back Growth Energy member organizations truly understand the importance of community support. As you can see by these inspiring photos, everyone ends up a winner!
At POET’s 4th annual Dine with a Fighter event, a specific project within Seeds of Change, funds were raised for Travellers’ Oasis Centre, a Kenyan boarding school for girls.
(Above and right) The Novozymes initiative known as STEMville brings educational science programs to rural America. More than 1000 students and their parents attended family science nights in Franklin County, N.C.
(Above) The team at POET Biorefining in Lake Crystal, Minn., recently collected items and sent them to military personnel serving in Afghanistan, as a small token of appreciation for putting their lives on the line for our freedom. (Left) Growth Energy Cares, the charitable arm of Growth Energy, and Front Range Energy provided $125,000 in support of five veterans’ organizations at their annual golf tournament this past June in Windsor, Colo.
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Melting Myths About Snowmobiles and Ethanol Myth: Ethanol is more corrosive than gasoline.
The snowmobile season has kicked into high gear across many parts of the country, and outdoorsmen have pulled their machines out of storage and are exploring the backcountry. All those trips mean snowmobilers will often need to consider their fuel choices. Unfortunately, persistent rumors could mislead snowmobilers about ethanol. Let’s debunk some myths and see why ethanol is safe to use in your small engine.
Fact: National Association of Corrosion Engineers’ testing determined that fuel containing ethanol is not any more corrosive than non-ethanol fuel. Small engine damage comes from the aromatics, which damage the lines and fuel seals.
Myth: Any level of ethanol blended into gasoline is harmful to small engines.
Myth: Ethanol provides less power than pure gasoline.
Fact: Leading snowmobile manufacturers—such as Arctic Cat, Ski-Doo, Yamaha, and Polaris—approve the use of fuel containing ethanol in their engines. Extensive research shows that E10 ethanol is in 97 percent of gas sold in the United States, so most people who own snowmobiles are already using it issue-free.
Fact: Ethanol is a high-octane biofuel that provides more horsepower than regular gasoline. Pure ethanol has an octane rating of 113; the rating for most regular gasoline is only 87. Ethanol is added to fuel to raise the octane level and improve performance. With ethanol, our environment is cleaner and fuel is cheaper, without any loss in power.
Myth: Ethanol causes fuel to separate if it sits for an extended period of time. Fact: Ethanol is water-soluble and helps prevent phase separation. If a small amount of water finds its way into the fuel tank, as is common in small engines, ethanol allows it to be absorbed into the fuel mixture and passed harmlessly through the engine.
Myth: The numerous products sold claiming to cure ethanol-related issues are proof problems exist. Fact: E10 fuel can reduce the need for fuel additives because it prevents fuel line freeze. In fact, the snowmobile owner’s manual for Polaris recommends that those using non-ethanol fuel add another alcohol-based additive to their gas tank to prevent damage According to resulting from fuel system the EPA, by 2022 the icing. Renewable Fuel Standard will reduce carbon pollution by
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FIND YOUR FUEL
GetEthanol.com Offers Answers—Fast What you put in your car’s fuel tank matters. What if one tiny switch could help your car’s engine, keep the air you breathe cleaner, and put more money back in your bank account? The choice is easy with E15. Share the benefits of ethanol with your friends and family, and stay up-to-date on the latest news concerning how E15 helps move our country forward. Check out all these resources at the new GetEthanol.com website:
Fuel up: Find E15 and E85 stations near you with our interactive map of the United States.
About E15: See why E15 is good for your engine, your wallet, and the environment.
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Contact us: We’d love to hear from you. Connect with us through GetEthanol.com or email us at email@example.com.
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• 3 slices bacon
1. SET a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the bacon. Cook for 1 minute, or until it releases some of its moisture. Add the onion, celery, and bell pepper. Cook for 5 minutes, or until the vegetables are soft. Add the corn, broth, and carrots. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to medium. Simmer for 15 minutes.
• 1 onion, chopped • 1 rib celery, chopped • 1 cup red, orange, yellow peppers, diced • 2 cups fresh, canned, or frozen corn kernels (about one and a half cans of canned corn) • 2 cups chicken broth • 1 cup sliced carrots • 1/3 cup unbleached, all-purpose flour, or Wondra flour • 3 cups 1% milk • 1/3 cup chopped fresh basil or 1 teaspoon dried basil • 1/2 teaspoon salt • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground pepper • 8 ounces low-fat fresh or frozen cheese tortellini, cooked and drained • 1 to 2 cups diced ham, optional
2. PLACE the flour in a medium bowl. Gradually add the milk, whisking until smooth. Pour into the Dutch oven. Stir until well-blended. Add the basil, salt, and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 3 minutes, or until the soup thickens. Add the tortellini and ham, if desired. Cook for 2 minutes, or until heated through. SERVINGS: 8
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NASCAR Surpasses 10 Million Miles of competitve racing Sunoco® Green E15™! NASCAR has surpassed 10 million competition miles on Sunoco Green E15, a biofuel blended with 15 percent American-made ethanol. The achievement was celebrated during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series™ race at Phoenix International Raceway in November 2016. The 10 million miles were accumulated across practice, qualifying, and racing laps since E15 was adopted by the sport. E15 made its debut at Daytona International Speedway in 2011. Like their favorite NASCAR drivers, Americans are choosing E15 and have driven more than 500 million miles on it.
“As a lifelong fan and a proud team owner, I am certain that the switch to an ethanol blend has been a great move by NASCAR. We’re proud of our connection to the ethanol industry and all of the good that it’s doing for our country, and could not be more pleased to celebrate passing 10 million miles with the industry.” — Richard Childress, Chairman and CEO of Richard Childress Racing
“This remarkable milestone is the result of an industry-wide commitment to demonstrate high performance racing with reduced emissions, while educating our fans about the benefits of sustainable and renewable American ethanol.” — Brent Dewar, NASCAR Chief Operating Officer
“Like their favorite NASCAR drivers, consumers are now utilizing a fuel with a blend of 15 percent ethanol. Americans have already driven over 500 million miles on E15. Today, nearly 400 stations across 28 states sell E15 and those numbers continue to climb. Consumer demand is on the rise because Americans are finding out that E15 is the right choice for their engines, their wallets, and the environment.” — Emily Skor, Growth Energy CEO