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Omaha Company Invests in the Fight For Clean Air

(August 7, 2018) -

For more information please contact:

James Martinez
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(312) 445-2501

For the second consecutive year, Green Plains, Inc. will be the presenting sponsor for the American Lung Association in Nebraska’s Fight For Air Corporate Cup, a local 10k and 2-mile road race, on September 9.

Green Plains’ investment in the Corporate Cup will support educational programs to help the 225,000 people in Nebraska who suffer from lung disease, as well as fund research to find a cure for lung cancer and advocacy in the fight for clean air.

“Green Plains is a fantastic partner for the Lung Association. Not only are they helping fund vital programs for people who suffer from asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and lung cancer, but the work they do daily reduces air pollution,” said Julia McCarville, executive director of the Lung Association in Nebraska. “Air pollution causes several health threats to those suffering from lung disease, including shortness of breath, chest pain, wheezing, coughing, asthma attacks, and increased need for medical attention and admission to the emergency department or hospital.”

 “Ethanol is a cleaner-burning fuel that we produce at our 17 production locations across the U.S. and our five ethanol plants here in Nebraska,” said Todd Becker, president and CEO of Green Plains. ”As the state’s largest producer of ethanol, we are proud to support the American Lung Association and their efforts to improve the quality of the air we breathe.”

The Corporate Cup is a 10K and 2 mile run/walk is the Lung Association’s signature fundraising event and is one of the largest corporate road races in the United States. Each year, the event attracts more than 5,000 participants from all over the region. More information and registration for the Corporate Cup is available at or by calling 402-502-4950.

About Green Plains
Green Plains Inc., headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska, is one of world’s largest producers of 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


About the American Lung Association

The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease, through research, education and advocacy. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to improve the air we breathe; to reduce the burden of lung disease on individuals and their families; and to eliminate tobacco use and tobacco-related diseases. For more information about the American Lung Association, a holder of the coveted 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and a Gold-Level GuideStar Member, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit:

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