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According to the U.S. EPA, sustainability is meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

No, biodiesel is produced through a chemical process called transesterification which converts oils and fats of natural origin into fatty acid methyl esters (FAME). Combustion of vegetable oil without conversion to biodiesel will lead to soot accumulation and deposits that may lead to power loss and engine failure. *See what is biodiesel
Biodiesel is made through a chemical reaction between natural oils and alcohol, followed by purification. Biodiesel can be made from nearly any naturally occurring vegetable oil or fat. The most frequently used oils by Pacific Biodiesel facilities are used cooking oil, tallow, yellow grease, poultry grease, cottonseed oil, and soybean oil.
Sustainable Biodiesel is biodiesel produced in a manner that, on a life-cycle basis, minimizes the generation of pollution, including greenhouse gases; reduces competition for, and use of, natural resources and energy; reduces waste generation; preserves habitat and ecosystems; maintains or improves soils; avoids use of genetically modified organisms; and provides community economic benefit that results in jobs and fair labor conditions.
If your car was made after 1993, the answer is probably no. In most cases current model vehicles use synthetic fuel lines, there are a small number of more recent vehicles that use rubber fuel lines so check your vehicle to be sure. If your car was made prior to 1993, or is one of the few more recent vehicles using rubber fuel lines, the rubber fuel lines will probably have to be replaced. One of the major advantages of using biodiesel is the fact that it can be used in existing diesel engines without negative impacts to operating performance. Biodiesel is the only alternative fuel for heavyweight vehicles that does not require any special injection or storage modifications.
No, biodiesel can only run in conventional compression-ignition (diesel) engines!
Yes, you can use biodiesel and diesel fuel interchangeably, as well as blended in any percentage mixture.
Biodiesel is a solvent. It will clear many diesel deposits that have accumulated in your fuel tank. This may cause initial fuel filter clogging but continued use of biodiesel will not cause an increased frequency of filter changes.
Vehicles running on biodiesel get virtually the same MPG rating as vehicles running on petrodiesel. Many alternative fuels have difficulty gaining acceptance because they do not provide similar performance to their petroleum counterparts. Pure biodiesel and biodiesel blended with petroleum diesel fuel provide very similar horsepower, torque, and fuel mileage compared to petroleum diesel fuel. In its pure form, typical biodiesel will have an energy content 5%-10% lower than typical petroleum diesel. However it should be noted that petroleum diesel fuel energy content can vary as much as 15% from one supplier to the next. The lower energy content of biodiesel translates into slightly reduced performance when biodiesel is used in 100% form, although users typically report little noticeable change in mileage or performance. When blended with petroleum diesel at B20 levels, there is less than 2% change in fuel energy content, with users typically reporting no noticeable change in mileage or economy.
Yes, biodiesel can actually extend the life of your engine. Biodiesel has superior lubricating properties that reduce the wear of vital engine parts.
Using biodiesel instead of petrodiesel will significantly reduce unburned hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide, and particulate matter from tail pipe emissions. It will also virtually eliminate sulfur oxides and sulfates which are major contributors to acid rain. Nitrogen oxide emissions may slightly increase, but can be remedied with newer low-emission diesel engines. Biodiesel is the only alternative fuel to successfully complete the EPA’s rigorous emissions and health effects study under the Clean Air Act. Biodiesel provides significantly reduced emissions of carbon monoxide, particulate matter, unburned hydrocarbons, and sulfates compared to petroleum diesel fuel. Additionally, biodiesel reduces emissions of carcinogenic compounds by as much as 85% compared with petrodiesel. When blended with petroleum diesel fuel, these emissions reductions are generally directly proportional to the amount of biodiesel in the blend. The reduced particulate and unburned hydrocarbons emissions that result when using biodiesel are a welcome relief in environments where workers and pedestrians are in close proximity to diesel engines, including public transport, mining, and construction. *A Comprehensive Analysis of Biodiesel Impacts on Exhaust Emissions U.S. EPA
A complete list of fueling stations that carry biodiesel can be found by visiting the DOE Alternative Fueling Station Map at http://www.afdc.energy.gov/
Pure biodiesel, B100 (100% biodiesel) does not contain petrodiesel. Biodiesel can be blended with petrodiesel and is frequently sold as B20 (20% biodiesel, 80% petrodiesel blend) or B5 (5% biodiesel, 95% petrodiesel blend).
Biodiesel Policy Issues

Indirect Land Use Change - Since the publication of a controversial study last year (Searchinger et al 2008), a new term has entered the policy debate around biofuels—indirect land use change (ILUC). The debate is focused on whether the carbon intensity of fuels like ethanol and Biodiesel can or should include a penalty for theoretical indirect, economic and environmental effects. Land use is just one of many indirect effects that could also increase the greenhouse gas emissions of different fuels, including gasoline.

What is the Theory? - Indirect land use change theory uses speculative models and assumptions in an attempt to blame the development of biofuel crops for deforestation in Developing Nations. According to the theory, corn used for ethanol displaces other crops, like soybeans. This in turn, causes farmers in other countries, such as Brazil, to cut down rainforests to grow soybeans and fill this demand.

What are the flaws in the theory? - The theory of ILUC is built on two basic assumptions. The first is corn used for ethanol and other crops used for biofuel production will lead to large decreases in American grain and commodity export and second; biofuel production will increase deforestation in the Amazon. Both have been argued to be empirically false. Since 1998, corn exports have remained at 1.5-2.5 billion bushels sold abroad each year and soybean exports reached record levels last year. In addition, according to the National Institute of Space Research, deforestation in the Amazon has declined sharply just as American biofuels production doubled. In 2004, 10,588 square miles of the Amazon was deforested and in 2008, that number dropped to 4,621 square miles.

Below you will find links to articles,interviews and other resources related to the iLUC policy debate.

John A. Mathews and Hao Tan, of Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia - Published a report severely criticizes the Searchinger study, that opened the ongoing debate over indirect land use changes (ILUC) resulting from biofuels production. John A. Mathews and Hao Tan, take issue with the methodology and assumptions used by Tim Searchinger and others in the study, Use of U.S. Croplands for Biofuels Increases Greenhouse Gases through Emissions from Land Use Change See Above, which was published in February, 2008.

Biofuels and indirect land use change effects: the debate continues(2008) -Mathews, Tan - Macquarie University, Sydney Australia

The Round Table for Sustainable Biofuels - The RSB hosted a series of workshops to discuss the impacts of iLUC. The following report reviews the current effort made worldwide to address this issue. A description of land-use concepts is first provided followed by a classification of ILUC sources. Then, a discussion on the implications of including ILUC emissions in the GHG balance of biofuel pathways and a review of methodologies being developed to quantify indirect land-use change are presented. The question of methodological choices in LCA to account for ILUC is adressed. The approaches to account for this effect in carbon reporting initiatives are discussed and finally, recommendations and further research work are described.

Round Table for Sustainable Biofuels Workshop on Biofuels and Land Use Change BackGround Document - (2008)

Round Table for Sustainable Biofuels Workshop on Biofuels and Land Use Change Final Report - (2008)

Bruce E. Dale, Professor of Chemical Engineering at the DOE Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center at Michigan State University presented the following report in September 2009. Professor Dale's findings are much to the contrary of those put forth in the Searchinger document that kciked off the iLUC debate world wide.

BIOFUELS & INDIRECT LAND USE CHANGE: A DEBATE ON THE ISSUES - Dale - DOE Bioenergy research Center, University of Michigan - (2009)

Timothy D. Searchinger, Princeton University – Published a set of papers defining the problem of “Biofuels and Indirect Land Use Change” these papers set of a chain of events that directly affected biofuel related legislation, and the biodiesel industry as a whole.

Use of U.S. Croplands for Biofuels Increased Greenhouse Gases Through Land Use Change, Science Express - (2008)

The Impact of Biofuels on Greenhouse Gases, How Land Use Change Alters the Equation, German Marshall Fund Policy Brief - (2008)


Food vs. Fuel - is the dilemma regarding the risk of diverting farmland or crops for biofuels production in detriment of the food supply on a global scale.

What is the theory? -The "food vs. fuel" or "food or fuel" debate is international in scope, and implies the use of arable farm land to produce biofuel or energy feedstock negatively effects the global food supply and leads to increased costs world wide. their arguments on all sides of this issue. While there is discussion on both sides of this issue, there is an overwhelming amount of evidence, from reports and scientific studies to the testimony of experts in energy and agriculture that states the rising cost of energy is at the root of these problems, not biofuel production.

What are the flaws in the theory? - Starting around January 2007, food price increases occurred seemingly in tandem with advancing corn prices and growth in U.S. ethanol production. The concurrence of these events led to speculation that increased ethanol and biofuel production was a major driving factor in higher corn and feedstock prices, and in turn, higher food prices. While the case can be made that expanded ethanol and biofuel production is a minor factor in increased spending on food, additional food spending increases were more than offset by savings resulting from the inclusion of more biofuel in the U.S. fuel supply.

John M. Urbanchuk Director, LECG LLC – According to his analysis of food, energy and corn prices, “rising energy prices had a more significant impact on food prices than did corn.” In fact, the report notes rising energy prices have twice the impact on the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for food than does the price of corn. LECG LLC Food Price Analysis

Grocery Manufacturers of America - A coalition of industrial food producers and other special interest groups that launched a campaign to discredit the biofuels industry in the eyes of the public and policymakers. The effort, spearheaded by the Grocery Manufacturers Association, and a media campaign proposed by Glover Park Group was made public by U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa. The GMA represents more than 300 food, beverage and consumer household goods companies in the United States. Other groups backing the effort included the American Bakers Association, the American Meat Institute, Environmental Working Group, the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, the National Chicken Council, the National Council of Chain Restaurants, the National Pork Producers Council, and the Snack Food Association, among others.

Six U.S. senators held a press conference in Washington D.C., on May 22 to combat the disinformation campaign: Sens. Grassley; Kit Bond, R-Mo.; Byron Dorgan, D-N.D.; John Thune, R- S.D.; Ben Nelson, D-Neb.; and Ken Salazar, D-Colo. “The Grocery Manufacturers Association has an obvious self-interest in launching this campaign,” Grassley said. “They need to blame someone for high grocery bills, but they’ve aimed their fire at a false target.” Grassley later requested a meeting with 15 chief executive officers of GMA member-companies but subsequently canceled the meeting when only one CEO was willing to defend the group’s actions.

Biodiesel and Renewable Diesel – Today there are more than one diesel alternative available to American consumers. While these alternatives all have specific benefits, there are also drawbacks associated with each. It is important to know and understand the differences between these fuels, in order to avoid confusion and to properly represent sustainable, community-based Biodiesel. First, let’s go over the fuel types and there definitions.

What is Biodiesel? – Biodiesel is defined as a fuel comprised of mono-alkyl esters of long chain fatty acids derived from vegetable oils or animal fats that meets the fuel specification requirements of ASTM D6751. Produced in free-standing refining facilities.

What is Renewable Diesel? – Renewable Diesel is defined in the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) as liquid fuel produced from biomass that meets the fuel specification requirements of ASTM D975 (petroleum diesel fuel) or ASTM D396 (home heating oil). Produced in free-standing facilities.

What is Co-Processed Renewable Diesel? - Co-Processed Renewable Diesel is defined as Renewable diesel that is produced when an oil company adds small amounts vegetable oils or animal fats to the traditional petroleum refining process when producing diesel fuel (co- processing). This fuel is produced in existing oil refineries. There are subtle as well as obvious differences between these fuels and the benefits and drawbacks they represent to our environment and communities.

For more information on the diesel alternatives available today refer to the resources below:

Defining the Alternatives –Biodiesel Magazine March, 2008 - Ron Kotrba

Biodiesel vs. Renewable Diesel, Why does it Matter and What does it Mean? –NBB October, 2007-Joe Jobe

The Debate on GMO - Many of the first use oil feedstocks used for Biodiesel production in the United States are genetically modified. Before we can address the debate on the use of GMO feedstocks in U.S. Biodiesel it is important to understand what GMO means.

What is GMO? - A GMO is any living organism - plant or animal - that has genetically altered genes, resulting from the combination of DNA molecules from more than one species. This process is called genetic engineering, and is an example of biotechnology. While this may sound like the plot of a science fiction film, this technology is commonly used in agriculture for food, feed and fuel in this country. Despite strong opposition from organizations world wide, many food crops have already been genetically modified. Currently, the majority of genetically modified food crops are grown in the United States (it is important to realize that many European countries refuse to import GMOs as they feel their safety has not been fully verified).

What are the claims? – Many scientists and advocacy groups believe interfering with Nature, can lead to dangerous side effects. Some are concerned that moving genes from one species to another will lead to the transfer of allergens. For example individuals who have a dangerous allergy to peanuts may have adverse reaction to a GMO that has ‘borrowed’ DNA from a peanut. Also, because of the infancy of the technology there is no research on the long-term effects of GMO on human beings and the environment.

Many experts also fear that putting insect and herbicide resistant genes in crops will cause some plants to be unaffected by the chemicals, leading to the formation of "superbugs" and "superweeds" that can no longer be effectively controlled by pesticides. This resistance to chemicals combined with the wide-spread use of a single strain of crop could have a devastating impact on biodiversity across the country.

Probably the most controversial aspect of the GMO argument is the labeling or, lack of proper labeling. Since processed foods and beverages are laden with high fructose corn syrup, soy byproducts and cottonseed oil (the majority of which may contain genetically altered crops), most American consumers consume GMOs without knowingit; currently, labeling of GMOs in the U.S. is completely voluntary, and is not regulated in any form. Many people believe consumers have a right to know what is in their food and have lobbied for mandatory labeling. Other experts and advocacy groups are calling for a halt in the use of GMOs in the food supply altogether until increased testing is done to ensure the safety of communities and the environments.

Where does the SBA stand? – The Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance believes the use of GMO feedstocks should be avoided and if Genetically Modified Organisms are used as feedstock the product must be labeled as such to provide complete transparency to the consumer.

Environmental and Safety Resources

A ‘Modified’ debate over GMOs – Julie Thayer – TUFTS University

GMO-Safety - European Ministry of Education and Research

GMO Crops – A growing concern – Business Week

Spilling the Beans on GMO – Organic Consumers

In addition to environmental and safety issues, the use of GMO has severe social implications and it is argued that GMO technology has aided in the corporate centralization of a large portion of agriculture on this country, and the bankruptcy of small scale family farms nation-wide. Below are resources related to the social and political relevance of GMO use.

“Millions against Monsanto” –Organic Consumers

“The Basics of GMO” - Grow GMO Free

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.