NBB opens "green" building

By | October 14, 2008
It was a beautiful fall day when the National Biodiesel Board opened its new "green" headquarters in Jefferson City, Mo. About 150 people attended the grand opening, including some who were curious to see the building's many eco-friendly features.

"Our industry plays a critical role nationally in meeting our energy needs, creating thousands of green jobs and millions of gallons of clean-burning fuel," said Joe Jobe, NBB chief executive officer. "Our rapid industry growth was reflected in our staff growth, prompting the need for new headquarters."

The new office houses 17 NBB employees. The NBB completely renovated the building using eco-conscious practices, such as carpet made from recycled materials, solar-powered parking lot lights and nontoxic paint. The building also has many technological capabilities, such as worldwide video conferencing.

Since its 1993 founding, the NBB has been located in Missouri. The state's commitment to the NBB was apparent at the opening, which was attended by Missouri Gov. Matt Blunt, U.S. Rep. Kenny Hulshof and Jefferson City Mayor John Landwehr. As a major farming state, Missouri dignitaries praised farmers for their efforts. "Never underestimate the ingenuity of the American farmer, who can provide both food and fuel from right here in the heartland, while cleaning up the air we breathe," Hulshof said.

Missouri representatives were joined by nine NBB member-leaders from throughout the country in cutting the ribbon and planting a symbolic tree to open the new building.
In remarks before the ribbon-cutting, NBB Chairman Ed Hegland, a soybean farmer from Appleton, Minn., said that oil and gasoline prices would be about 15 percent higher if biofuel producers were not increasing their output, according to a U.S. DOE estimate.

Hulshof may have said it best, "I truly believe biodiesel is a sustainable fuel that is a vital part of our energy solution."
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