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A NEW PARTNERSHIP WILL CREATE BIODIESEL CERTIFICATION TO PROMOTE 'SUSTAINABLE' FUEL

To reduce petroleum use and carbon emissions, the energy industry and government policies are promoting the use of biodiesel and other non-petroleum biofuels. The U.S. Energy Information Administration projects that by 2035 biofuel usage will have grown by approximately 250 percent. However, even though many biofuels are more environmentally friendly than their petroleum-based counterparts, not all biofuels are created equal. The biodiesel market has been lacking a method of analyzing and identifying the life-cycle effects of biofuels on carbon emissions and other environmental indicators – until now.

Recognizing the need for objective environmental standards to measure the overall sustainability of producing and using biodiesel, the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance (SBA) has partnered with GreenCircle Certified, LLC to create a certification process for evaluation and branding of biodiesel production. GreenCircle will adapt the SBA’s established Baseline Practices for Sustainability to objectively evaluate the feedstock providers, producers, distributors and end users of biodiesel. Kelly King, chairperson of the SBA, announced the new partnership saying, “We are dedicated to providing consumers with the information they need to make informed choices, and we are confident that the public wants to support locally-sourced, low-carbon fuels. Smarter consumers can mean a big boost for U.S. agriculture and local economies, as well as for the environment.”   

GreenCircle is a leading provider of third-party certification of environmental claims for products and manufacturing operations. The SBA was founded in December 2006 to advance the production and use of community-based biodiesel with the recognition that locally produced biodiesel offers maximum environmental, economic and energy security benefits.

“We are very excited to partner with the SBA to offer such a revolutionary certification to the industry. Third-party certification, focused on local production and distribution, will distinguish the truly sustainable sources and users of biofuel,” says Tad Radzinski, co-founder of GreenCircle Certified, LLC and the Certification Officer overseeing the sustainable biodiesel certification.

The new Sustainable Biodiesel Certification standards will focus on evaluating the following environmental aspects:  locally harvested feedstock crops that reduce transportation impacts, sustainable manufacturing operations at the production phase, reduced transportation impacts of distributors, and recognition of end users for reducing overall carbon footprint.

Further information about GreenCircle Certified, LLC is available at www.greencirclecertified.com.

SBA Part of USDA / University of Florida Biodiesel Workshop

Ft. Pierce, Florida –The Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance was a proud sponsor of a recent Biodiesel Workshop at the USDA Extension office at Ft. Pierce, Florida. Representatives from the USDA, University of Florida and Florida Power and Light were on hand with a host of local farmers considering biodiesel feedstock for use on available land. Representatives from local biodiesel producers and industry stakeholders also attended the event.

The event included an introduction by SBA Board Member Dr. Randall von Wedel and presentations by SBA Member Piedmont Biofuels, Florida Power and Light and the University of Florida. Rachel Burton of Piedmont Biofuels gave a presentation on the new enzymatic technology being designed and developed by Piedmont and Novazym . Florida Power and Light gave a history of their biodiesel use as a fleet and continued commitment to alternative energy.

After a day of presentations and discussion with the stakeholders of Florida’s biodiesel industry the group took a field trip to a new production location in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. GreenWave Biodiesel has just opened a state of the art production facility in the heart of Ft. Lauderdale. This entirely in door production facility will be capable of processing 4 million gallons of biodiesel from used cooking oil each year. The company is also committed to selling their product for use in Florida. “We want to create energy for Florida, from Florida feedstocks” said Eric Lesp’erance, Principal at Green Wave Biodiesel. The event was concluded with a tour of the University of Florida’s experimental oilseed project. Canola, Camolina and Salvia plots using different fertilizer mixes and farming techniques are being tested in the high-sand content soil in order to determine the most effective and profitable feedstocks for the local Florida ag-community.

The Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance was excited to be one of the principal sponsors of the event. “Events like this connect the local biodiesel community. The SBA will continue to promote regional efforts like this in order to empower the local biodiesel community.” Said Jeff Plowman, Executive Director of the SBA. For more information on the efforts of the USDA Extension and the University of Florida click HERE or visit the SBA at www.fuelresponsibly.org

Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance Teams up with Jack Johnson for 2010 U.S. Tour

Friday July 9th – Hartford, CT  The Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance was proud to be a part of the kick off shows on Jack Johnson’s ‘To The Sea Tour’. The SBA teamed up with local Connecticut Biodiesel Producer BioPur and displayed educational information on the benefits of community-based sustainable biodiesel.Concert-goers were excited to learn that biodiesel blends are available throughout New England for on road and home furnace heat uses.

The SBA asked booth visitors to take the time to write a letter to their Senators asking for the reinstatement of the FET Biodiesel Producers Credit. In only a matter of hours the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance collected 43 letters to the U.S. Senate. Across the country the biodiesel industry is struggling to provide a local, green alternative fuel at a competitive price. The FET credit allows these producers to sell their product for the same or close to the price of petroleum diesel, giving consumers a real economically feasible choice.

Jack Johnson has been a member of the SBA Honorary Board of Directors since 2008 and continues to use biodiesel and biodiesel blends and promote the value of local, community-based biodiesel. This year’s ‘To The Sea’ tour is powered by the most local and sustainable biodiesel and biodiesel blends available. By using the Greening expertise of REVERB and teaming up with the SBA to source Biodiesel for all of his fueling stops, Jack Johnson is not only ‘Talking the Talk’…he is “Walking the Walk”!

For ‘To The Sea’ Tour stops in your area visit www.jackjohnsonmusic.com.

 

2010 SUSTAINABLE BIODIESEL SUMMIT: BRINGING TOGETHER THE SUSTAINABLE BIODIESEL MOVEMENT FROM THE ROOTS UP

February 1, 2010 [Los Angeles] – The seventh annual Sustainable Biodiesel Summit was held on February 6th and 7th at the Cross Timbers Winery in Grapevine, Texas. This exciting event brought together over seventy members of the sustainable biodiesel community to listen to presentations and discussions on topics crucial to today’s industry, and to discuss the direction of sustainable biodiesel.

This exciting and necessary event was made possible by a group of dedicated sponsors and organized by volunteers from the SBA, the RSB and other industry groups as well as individuals from across the industry. The success of this event was only possible because of the hard work of these volunteers.

Presenters from the Roundtable for Sustainable Biofuels, The Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance and the National Biodiesel Board were joined by RFS2 experts and biodiesel pioneers to help educate and uplift the industry they serve.

Sustainability and alternative fuel expert and industry pioneer Bill Holmberg was scheduled to be the keynote speaker for the event but due to extreme weather his presentation was given via tele-link. Although he was unable to attend in person his presentation was well received by a new generation striving for a sustainable industry

In addition to agreeing to speak at the 2010 Sustainable Biodiesel Summit, Bill Holmberg has accepted an invitation to join the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance’s Advisory Committee. The SBA could not be more excited to welcome a pioneer of sustainability and the man who is responsible for biodiesel as an industry today to their ranks.

Bill Holmberg is a graduate of the US Naval Academy and a decorated veteran. Mr. Holmberg helped to pioneer the ethanol and biodiesel industries during the Carter administration.  He retired from the federal government at the Senior Executive Service level and spent an additional twenty-one years in the private sector, managing small businesses and associations relating to biofuels, including the New Uses Council and the Biomass Coordinating Council.  He is a founding member of the Sustainable Energy Coalition and a member of core group promoting the annual Energy Expos on the Hill in concert with the SEC and the Senate and House RE & EE Caucus.  He has been key member of the organizing committee of the Environmental and Clean Energy Inaugural Balls since 1989.

 

GREEN MUSIC GROUP LAUNCHES: Founding Members Dave Matthews Band, Linkin Park, Maroon 5, The Roots, Willie Nelson, Sheryl Crow, Bonnie Raitt, Barenaked Ladies, Guster, Warner Music Group, Brushfire Records, Shoreline Amphitheater, Comcast Center, Verizon Wireless Music Center, Wolftrap National Park for the Performing Arts, Brooklyn Bowl, and American Airlines Arena Host Launch Event for New Green Music Group Coalition

February 1, 2010 [Los Angeles]Green Music Group (GMG), a coalition of environmental non-profit Reverb, celebrated its official launch this past weekend in Hollywood, CA. The high-profile coalition brings together musicians, industry leaders and music fans to create widespread environmental change within the music industry and around the globe. 

To celebrate its launch, Green Music Group founding members and friends gathered at Jane’s House in Hollywood for live performances by members of Dave Matthews Band, Guster, and Maroon 5.  Guests were treated to eco-friendly appetizers and drinks provided by Shin’s BBQ, VeeV, ZICO, Eel River, and Newton’s Vineyard. 

“Tonight we celebrated a watershed moment – music industry leaders and fans coming together to create significant change. Reverb has been helping individual artists and venues green their tours and shows for the last six years.  We wanted to do more – our founding artists, venues and labels wanted to do more, and our fans were calling on us to take the lead,” said Guster guitarist/vocalist Adam Gardner, who founded Reverb with his wife, environmentalist Lauren Sullivan. “Green Music Group answers that call by using the collective power of the music community to bring about real lasting environmental change.”

Since 2004, Reverb has greened over 80 major music tours while conducting grassroots outreach to over 10 million music fans.  The nonprofit group has also worked with various entities within the music world from record labels to radio stations.  Green Music Group will build upon what Reverb has already accomplished, creating and implementing industry-wide green guidelines and standards while providing a dynamic online community where fans can take action and learn more about environmental issues.

"DMB has been working with Reverb for a number of years to green our tours and have seen amazing results both backstage and from our fans' response,” said Dave Matthews Band.  “We are excited to exponentially multiply these results by joining forces with other like-minded bands through the Green Music Group."

Prominent music industry leaders agree.  "We are proud to have several of our venues as Founding Members of GMG,” expressed Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino. “We look forward to continued growth of our environmental efforts to follow the example set by these standouts and the other founders of Green Music Group."

GMG also participated in The Roots 6th Annual Jam Session later Saturday night as co-hosts with GMG
founding member, The Roots. Widely considered to be one of the most electrifying nights held during award season, this year’s Roots Jam Session was a “who’s who” of music’s best paired.  GMG joined the Roots for a continuous, spontaneous night of musical celebration and environmentalism for a packed, invite-only audience where guests were invited to screen print recycled t-shirts and where artists signed limited edition Jam Session posters, the proceeds of which will benefit GMG.   

Born out of the Internet age, Green Music Group has launched GreenMusicGroup.org, which provides fans and artists with a vibrant online community to engage in regular calls-to-action, beginning with the “GMG Challenge” set to launch next month. As additional incentive to join, fans who sign up in the next month are entered to win one of three eco-friendly guitars signed by GMG Founding Artists.

“Green Music Group's incredible reach and deep connection to young people has the power to be a major megaphone for our organization’s environmental campaigns," said Mike Brune, incoming Executive Director of the Sierra Club, a partner of GMG.  Other non-profit partners include: Oxfam America, Union of Concerned Scientists, Hip Hop Caucus, HeadCount, DoSomething.org, StopGlobalWarming.org, Music For Relief, Climate Counts, and Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance.

Green Music Group encourages everyone who loves music and wants to be at the forefront of change to join the coalition.

 

2009 SBA FALL FUNDRAISER FEATURING THE AMAZING ALANIS MORISSETTE

Los Angeles, California – The Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance hosted a fundraising dinner and concert on October 24th, to gather support for the cause of community-based, sustainable biodiesel. The evening’s festivities were held at the Elevate Films rooftop loft and included a breathtaking performance by seven-time Grammy Award winner Alanis Morissette.
“It is critical that we protect community-based biodiesel as a renewable energy alternative. Fundraisers like this allow us to do just that.” Said SBA Executive Director Jeff Plowman “We are very thankful to have the support of artists like Alanis to help us accomplish this important goal.”  The fundraiser did just that through ticket sales and a silent auction of donated memorabilia and products from supporting artists and companies.
While the work of the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance is serious, the Fall fundraiser was a time for fun and appreciation of the amazing talents of vocalist Alanis Morissette. Morissette, an environmentalist herself, graciously donated her voice and time to help rally support for the cause of community-based sustainable energy. In addition the generous team at Elevate Films donated their breathtaking roof top space in downtown LA to make the atmosphere truly unforgettable.
The sold out event was a smashing success and helped raise spirits, awareness and critical funds for the work of the SBA. Such an amazing evening would not have been possible without the support of all those who participated, and our sponsors. The SBA would like to thank all our sponsors: Pacific Biodiesel, The Hard Rock Café, Elevate Films, Sturmann Industries, Mana Foods, EcoTechnologies Group, Alma Tequila, Eel River Brewing Company, Frey Vineyards and Ocean Organic Vodka.
*Check back soon for spotlight articles on the exciting work our sponsor companies are doing to help promote sustainability.

THE SUSTAINABLE BIODIESEL ALLIANCE AT THE 2009 ROTHBURY MUSIC FESTIVAL

This year the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance was asked to be a part of the 2009 Rothbury Music Festival “Think Tank”. Executive Director, Jeff Plowman and Associate Director, Tanner Watt participated in discussion panels with environmental experts, representatives from city and state government and artists from the festival.
SBA E.D. Jeff Plowman spoke on the “Sustainable Cities of Tomorrow” panel with Adam Gardner (Guitarist/Vocalist for Guster and SBA Honorary Board Member), Michigan State Representative Dan Scripps, and Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell. This broad discussion addressed some very interesting issues including urban sprawl, the local and sustainable movements and community projects to create local energy, sustainably. These Town Hall style discussions answered audience questions and involved attendees and panelists alike. In addition to those present for the panels, the think tank discussions were recorded to be used as part of the Rothbury DVD that will be available later this year. SBA A.D. Tanner Watt, participated in a panel aimed at answering the question of whether new clean vehicle technologies will be the answer to the problems of the day, or whether personal sacrifice and educating the masses on ways individuals can adjust their day to day lives to lessen their negative impact on the environment and community will be a more effective solution. This exciting discussion included members of the environmental community as well as David Murphy from STS9. The SBA is grateful for the experience to get involved with an environmentally and socially conscious event like the Rothbury Music Festival. This event provided entertainment and camping to over 35,000 attendees, while providing easily accessible on-site composting, recycling and environmental education programs. In addition the festival gave visitors access to local, organic food and vending options and exposed concert-goers to local and nation-wide environmental and social programs.

2009 SBA Visionary Award Winner and Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance Honorary Board member Adam Gardner was not only a panelist on the 2009 Clean Cities "Think Tank" but also performed with his band Guster on the Ranch stage at this year's Rothbury festival. Pictured to the right Adam performs a solo acoustic set at Sunday's "Think Tank" festivities. Adam and wife, environmentalist Lauren Sullivan co-founded the non-profit Reverb, and work closely with the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance on many projects. The SBA was excited to be part of the 2009 Campus Conscious Tour with Reverb and Guster. For more information on the work of Reverb click HERE or visit www.reverbrock.org.

To view photos and videos from this year's Rothbury Music Festival click HERE

THE SBA PRESENTS 2009 VISIONARY AWARDS

The SBA was on hand for the 2nd annual Rothbury Music Festival July 2nd-5th, 2009. Executive Director, Jeff Plowman and Associate Director Tanner Watt were guest speakers as part of the Environmental "Think Tank". During the weekend's festivities the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance took the opportunity to have Honorary Board Chair Willie Nelson and SBA co-founder Annie Nelson present the 2009 Visionary Awards the Founders of Reverb, and to www.nearbio.com for excellence and advancement in the field of sustainability. SBA Honorary Board of Directors Chariman, Willie Nelson along with SBA staff presented the award to honoree Adam Gardner who accepted on behalf of himself and Lauren Sullivan who was not able to attend. While he could not be present, www.nearbio.com creator Kevin Kalajan happily accepted his award via live video stream. Every year the Sustainable biodiesel Alliances honors at least one individual and one organization for advancements in the field of sustainabile biodiesel.

This year the SBA honored the founders of Reverb, a non-profit greening organization that helps minimize the negative environmental impacts of music tours, concerts and events. The SBA also recognized www.nearbio.com this year, NearBio continues to develop the most in depth and accurate biodiesel locator engine available online today. For more information on the 2009 SBA Visionaires please use the following links: For more information on Reverb click HERE. For more information on NearBio Click HERE.

SUSTAINABLE BIODIESEL ALLIANCE NEWS

SBA FOUNDING BOARD MEMBER MEETS WITH PRESIDENT OBAMA

Michael Bowman was one of twelve White House Champions of Change Alumni who met with President Obama in celebration of the program’s one year anniversary.  The Champions of Change program was created as a part of President Obama’s Winning the Future initiative. Each week, a different sector has been highlighted and groups of Champions, ranging from educators to entrepreneurs to community leaders, have been recognized for the work they are doing to serve and strengthen their communities.

Since the program began, the White House has hosted over forty Champions of Change events honoring over 500 individuals from all 50 states for their work in their community. This event highlights the great accomplishments the alumni have achieved since initially being honored as White House Champions of Change.

“We created the Champions of Change program to honor ordinary Americans who are doing extraordinary things,” said President Obama.  “By making their communities better places to live, our Champions are helping to ensure that our country’s best days lie ahead.”

Michael Bowman, a Make It in America Champion, is a fifth-generation native of Colorado from the northeastern community of Wray, Colorado. Throughout his adult life he has been active in the rural development initiatives both nationally and internationally. He serves on the National Steering Committee for “25x25” was a founding member of the alliance.  He is also a founding board member of the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance and Shadowcliff, a Colorado-based environmental non-profit education facility in Grand County.

Learn more about the White House Champions of Change program at www.whitehouse.gov/champions.

SBA PARTICIPATES IN USDA / UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA BIODIESEL WORKSHOP

Ft. Pierce, Florida –The Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance was a proud sponsor of a recent Biodiesel Workshop at the USDA Extension office at Ft. Pierce, Florida. Representatives from the USDA, University of Florida and Florida Power and Light were on hand with a host of local farmers considering biodiesel feedstock for use on available land. Representatives from local biodiesel producers and industry stakeholders also attended the event.

The event included an introduction by SBA Board Member Dr. Randall von Wedel and presentations by SBA Member Piedmont Biofuels, Florida Power and Light and the University of Florida. Rachel Burton of Piedmont Biofuels gave a presentation on the new enzymatic technology being designed and developed by Piedmont and Novazym . Florida Power and Light gave a history of their biodiesel use as a fleet and continued commitment to alternative energy.

After a day of presentations and discussion with the stakeholders of Florida’s biodiesel industry the group took a field trip to a new production location in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. GreenWave Biodiesel has just opened a state of the art production facility in the heart of Ft. Lauderdale. This entirely in door production facility will be capable of processing 4 million gallons of biodiesel from used cooking oil each year. The company is also committed to selling their product for use in Florida. “We want to create energy for Florida, from Florida feedstocks” said Eric Lesp’erance, Principal at Green Wave Biodiesel. The event was concluded with a tour of the University of Florida’s experimental oilseed project. Canola, Camolina and Salvia plots using different fertilizer mixes and farming techniques are being tested in the high-sand content soil in order to determine the most effective and profitable feedstocks for the local Florida ag-community.

The Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance was excited to be one of the principal sponsors of the event. “Events like this connect the local biodiesel community. The SBA will continue to promote regional efforts like this in order to empower the local biodiesel community.” Said Jeff Plowman, Executive Director of the SBA. For more information on the efforts of the USDA Extension and the University of Florida click HERE or visit the SBA at www.fuelresponsibly.org

SUSTAINABLE RETAIL BIODIESEL IS HERE!

Austin, TX – The Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance, alongside SBA Business Member companies in three states unveiled the first retail locations scored through the Sustainability Report Card for biodiesel at the nozzle.   SBA Business members participated in t his new system that scores biodiesel based on a host of requirements including: biodiesel feedstock type, feedstock origin, how the fuel was produced and how far it travelled to point of sale.  These questions and many others determine a numeric score for the fuel that translates into a Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum rating for the biodiesel. This marks the first time a ‘Sustainability’ assurance program has been used for an alternative fuel at the retail level in the United States. Piedmont Biofuels of Pittsboro North Carolina, Pacific Biodiesel Hawaii and Sequential Biofuels Oregon will offer SBA scored sustainable biodiesel at a total of 8 retail pumps in three states, beginning August 1st, 2011. In addition to these 8 locations, the SBA plans on announcing more retail sites across the country throughout the rest of 2011.

The SBA was founded in 2006 to create an independent certification system for sustainable biodiesel sold in this country” said SBA Executive Director, Jeff Plowman “these are the first of many stations to be scored nation-wide in the coming months.” The SBA teamed up with business members Piedmont Biofuels, Pacific Biodiesel and Sequential Biofuels for the first set of retail locations. "We've been waiting for a sustainability labeling system for years,  and we are delighted that our fuel scored at the top.  Not all  biodiesel is created equal.  Thanks to the SBA the driving public now  has a way to discern the difference between one biodiesel and  another," said Lyle Estill president of Piedmont Biofuels.  “Piedmont is proud to be a member of the SBA and one of the first sites for labeled biodiesel in the U.S.”.
“Transparency is key to making informed decisions” said Jeff Plowman “this scoring tool will help American consumers make informed decisions about their fuel choice and I am confident we will see people choosing a more sustainable product.” While the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance is still working on an independent third party certification system, the retail biodiesel scoring system is clearly the first step toward accomplishing this goal. American consumers have seen successful programs like the Organic Food Certification and Free Trade Certifications take hold with certified retail products in every sector of consumerism. Sustainable, locally produced fuel is a natural next step in efforts to drive purchasing decisions toward local, environmentally and socially friendly products.

TIR 2013 - Featuring Article by the SBA's Kelly King

July 30, 2013 –The Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance's own Kelly King is featured in the new 2013 Transportation Industry Review.

To read the article CLICK HERE.

To view the entire 2013 TRI document CLICK HERE.

Refinery Boosts Economy and Environment in Hawaii

July 2, 2012 – Big Island Biodiesel, an advanced biodiesel production facility, was opened this week on the island of Hawaii by SBA business member Pacific Biodiesel Technologies. The third biodiesel refinery to be built in the state, the project was the brainchild of Robert King, President of Pacific Biodiesel Technologies and was 100% funded by individuals and businesses based in Hawaii.

At a reception held on the Keaau site of the new plant, Hawaii State Governor Neil Abercrombie praised the investment by Pacific Biodiesel, saying, “This is a commitment to renewable, alternative energy and its role as a central feature of whether we can survive as a democracy in these Hawaiian Islands.” Other speakers included U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye and officials from the U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. State Representative Denny Coffman, and State Senators Mike Gabbard and Gilbert Kahele, presented Pacific Biodiesel founders Bob and Kelly King with a proclamation from the State Legislature honoring Big Island Biodiesel for its mission and green jobs creation. Kahu Kimo Pihana led a traditional Hawaiian blessing for the new facility.

Locally owned and operated, Big Island Biodiesel is another great example of community-based biodiesel production supporting energy security, a cleaner environment and local economic development! Congratulations Pacific Biodiesel!

Biodiesel Takes Two Big Steps Forward in Texas

May 13th, 2012 – Changes in regulations that will speed the growth of biodiesel blending have been announced by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), and a TCEQ grant program will encourage the development of new biodiesel fueling stations in Texas. These positive developments are the fruits of years of effort by the Biodiesel Coalition of Texas (BCOT) which was founded in 2005 by many of the current Board Members of the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance, including Kelly and Bob King, Annie and Willie Nelson, and Jeff Plowman.

On March 7, TCEQ proposed revisions to the Texas Low Emission Diesel (TxLED) Program rules. During the subsequent public comment period every comment letter received by TCEQ supported the proposed changes, and final approval is expected this summer.

Three significant changes will result from the TCEQ action:

1) The definition of "additive" is changed to conform the TxLED rules with federal law.
2) Performance testing requirements will avoid unintended barriers to biodiesel blending.
3) Biodiesel blends are deemed compliant with Texas standards if the diesel fuel used meets TxLED requirements, the biodiesel used complies with ASTM D6751, and the biodiesel contains no more than 15 ppm sulfur (a requirement that biodiesel easily meets).

On May 2, TCEQ issued a Request for Grant Applications under its Alternative Fueling Facilities Program, which specifically includes biodiesel fueling stations as one of the types of facilities eligible for funding under this Texas Emission Reduction Program (TERP) initiative.  Under this program, TCEQ expects to award roughly $2.4 million dollars in grants to increase the availability of alternative fuels like biodiesel, in order to reduce air pollution.  As the Texas Legislature continues to expand opportunities for alternative fuel infrastructure, biodiesel is now well-positioned to help Texans reduce vehicle emissions and our dependence on foreign oil.

With these two breakthroughs, TCEQ and the Texas biodiesel industry have made great strides, eliminating barriers and providing a program to incentivize alternative fuels infrastructure.  SBA applauds these efforts to reinvigorate a promising biodiesel fuel market in Texas, and we will continue to inform public officials about the significant operational and environmental benefits of biodiesel use.

Fill'er Up...With Hemp Biodiesel

October 8th, 2010 –Hemp could be on the verge of joining the growing number of weeds that could power your car. Researchers at the University of Connecticut have found that industrial hemp seeds could make an ideal feedstock for biofuel production. Slight hitch: growing hemp, industrial or otherwise, is still illegal in the U.S. However, given that medical marijuana is rapidly approaching mainstream status and some states are relaxing marijuana-related laws, the chances for an industrial hemp comeback look a little brighter. To read the complete article from CleanTechnica click HERE

On job creation—local fruits and vegetables vs. corn and soybeans

April 2nd, 2010 – It turns out that foods that are better for you may also be better for farmers and local job creation. A new study by the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University found that expanding fruit and vegetable production in the upper Midwest could bring significantly more economic benefits than conventional corn and soybean production on the same acreage.

The study, by Iowa State Research Scientist Dave Swenson, looked at the potential for fruit and vegetable production in Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin. It identified 28 kinds of fruits and vegetables that farmers are able to grow in the region. Currently, much of the fruits and vegetables in the region come from other parts of the country or even outside the country. Read the rest of this exciting article click HERE.

Alanis Morissette Performs to Benefit the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance

Los Angeles, California – The Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance hosted a fundraising concert and dinner on October 24th, to gather support for the cause of community-based, sustainable biodiesel. The evening’s festivities were held at the Elevate Films rooftop loft and included a breathtaking performance by seven-time Grammy Award winner Alanis Morissette.

“It is critical that we protect community-based biodiesel as a renewable energy alternative. Fundraisers like this allow us to do just that.” Said SBA Executive Director Jeff Plowman “We are very thankful to have the support of artists like Alanis to help us accomplish this important goal.”  The fundraiser did just that through ticket sales and a silent auction of donated memorabilia and products from supporting artists and companies. To read the full article click HERE.

Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance Launches Web Tools for a Sustainable Biodiesel Industry

Austin, Texas 12/18/09 -- Today the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance announced the launch of their new web based sustainability tools for the biodiesel industry. These tools include a sustainability survey and carbon calculators for the entire biodiesel value chain. This survey is the first of its kind to score sustainability metrics and quantify biodiesel’s environmental, social and economic benefit. These tools are the direct result of the Baseline Practices for Sustainability (BPS) document that was published last year and are the foundation of what is to become an independent sustainability certification.

“These tools are designed to help stakeholders evaluate their environmental impact while providing guidance for continued improvement,” said Jeff Plowman Executive Director of the SBA, “ultimately we hope that these tools will help create a value add for farmers and feedstock producers; create a better marketing position for biodiesel refiners and distributors, while reducing emissions and providing real energy security.”

The entire biodiesel industry is at risk today due to the potential impact of unsustainable production practices and is under increased pressure to prove the benefits of biodiesel over petroleum diesel. These tools are designed to help all those involved in the biodiesel value chain to evaluate their overall impact and establish goals for improvement to create a more sustainable biodiesel industry. Business members of the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance will have full access the entire suite of tools to evaluate their biodiesel enterprise.

“Our customers are asking for information regarding our products positive and negative impacts. The support and credibility that we get by being a member of the SBA provides confidence to our customers to continue choosing our products.” said Ian Hill CEO of SeQuential Biofuels. The SBA is working to create an inclusive framework to showcase the positive benefits of sustainable, community-based biodiesel. By participation in the program, member companies receive feedback and support for their enterprise model.

“Transparency is extremely important to Organic Valley. We want our commitment to producing and utilizing biodiesel to result in a positive impact on the environment and our bottom line” said Jennifer Harrison, Organic Valley’s Sustainability Program Manager and SBA business member. “The challenge we and many who have made a commitment to burning biodiesel have is the evaluation of the feedstock. It can be difficult to decipher the sustainability tradeoffs. This tool has helped us to look at the entire chain from cultivation to our tanks. We are not shying away from biodiesel, in fact we are looking to transition further into renewable fuels.”

The SBA will host a webinar to preview the tools to stakeholders and is seeking input from industry during this initial phase. For information regarding the webinar or to learn more about how to join the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance log on to www.fuelresponsibly.org. .

 

SBA Presents 2009 Visionary Awards

Rothbury, Michigan 07/05/2009 --- The SBA was on hand for the 2nd annual Rothbury Music Festival July 2nd-5th. Executive Director, Jeff Plowman and Associate Director Tanner Watt were guest speakers as part of the Environmental "Think Tank". Jeff was a panelist for the Sustainable Cities panel and Tanner was a part of the Clean Vehicles Town Hall Forum. During the weekend's festivities the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance took the opportunity to present the 2009 Visionary Awards to Lauren Sullivan and Adam Gardner, Founders of Reverb, and to www.nearbio.com for excellence and advancement in the field of sustainability. SBA Honorary Board of Directors Chariman, Willie Nelson presented the awards to the honorees with members of the SBA team and Board of Directors. Every year the Sustainable biodiesel Alliances honors at least one individual and one organization for advancements in the field of sustainabile biodiesel. This year the SBA honors the founders of Reverb, a non-profit greening organization that helps minimize the negative environmentl impact of music tours, concerts and events. The SBA also recognized www.nearbio.com this year, NearBio continues to develop the most in depth and accurate biodiesel locator engine available online today. For more information on the 2009 SBA Visionairesplease use the following links: For more information on Reverb click HERE. For more information on NearBio Click HERE.