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American Lung Association, Green Plains Join Forces to Fight For Air

Green Plains signs on as presenting sponsor of 37th annual Corporate Cup, September 10

(May 2, 2017) -

For more information please contact:

James Martinez
[email protected]
(312) 445-2501

The American Lung Association in Nebraska today announced Green Plains as the presenting sponsor of the Association’s 2017 Corporate Cup in Aksarben Village on Sunday, September 10th.

The 37th Annual Fight for Air Corporate Cup 10K and 2 Mile is the Lung Association’s signature fundraising event and is one of the largest corporate road races in the United States. Attracting nearly 7,000 runners and walkers annually, hundreds of companies will also participate.

The Corporate Cup attracts a diverse demographic which includes elite runners looking for a new challenge, families seeking a fun and community-minded activity and corporate teams looking to build camaraderie and teamwork. The event is an athletic and fundraising challenge that is open to all fitness levels.

The proceeds of the event will help fund the American Lung Association’s ongoing support of education, research and advocacy in finding a cure for lung disease.

“Using fuel with ethanol, like E15 (a fuel containing 15 percent ethanol), helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions, resulting in better overall air quality for Nebraskans,” Todd Becker, president and CEO,  Green Plains. “As Nebraska’s largest producer of clean burning ethanol, Green Plains is proud to support the American Lung Association and their efforts to save lives by investing in research and awareness to improve the quality of the air we breathe.”

“We’re excited to have Green Plains as the presenting sponsor of the Corporate Cup. There is such good synergy between their work and our efforts around clean air. Motor vehicle emissions are a source of harmful pollutants that cause lung disease. The American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest supports the use of cleaner burning fuels as well as technology that reduces motor vehicle emissions. Our goal is to encourage the advancement of new technologies and to educate the consumer on ways to reduce harmful pollutants,” said Julia McCarville, Executive Director of the Lung Association.

 “With the help of Green Plains and the funds raised from the event, we can help the more than 10 percent of Nebraskans fighting lung disease today by finding better treatments and ultimately a cure.”

For company teams, registration is $25 until July 31st at  or by calling 402-502-4950. Registration is $35 after July 1st and $45 after September 1st. For individual participants, registration is $35 until July 31st, $45 after July 1st and $55 after September 1st.


About the American Lung Association in Nebraska
Our mission is to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease. With your generous support, the American Lung Association is "Fighting for Air" through research, education and advocacy. For more information about the American Lung Association or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNG-USA (1-800-586-4872) or visit


About Green Plains

Green Plains Inc., headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska, is one of world’s largest producers of clean, renewable ethanol. The Fortune 1000 company has 17 ethanol production facilities in nine states where they purchase approximately 14 million tons of corn annually to be used in the ethanol production process. Green Plains also has operations related to grain handling and storage, agribusiness, commodity marketing and distribution services, and food ingredients. Nebraska is home to five of Green Plains’ ethanol facilities (Atkinson, Central City, Ord, Wood River and York), making them the largest producer in the state. Green Plains is excited that drivers in Nebraska and across the country have access to clean, renewable fuel that is produced right here at home. More ethanol means we can reduce tailpipe and greenhouse gas emissions while improving air quality. For more information about Green Plains, visit

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