San Francisco opens gate to National Biodiesel Conference & Expo

By | November 13, 2008
Spot a city bus, fire truck or double-decker tour bus in San Francisco, and chances are good that it is running on 20 percent biodiesel. The area's biodiesel enthusiasm even flows beyond the "City by the Bay" into the bay itself, where the famous Red and White Fleet ferries cruise on B20.

"San Francisco is an inspiration to our industry like none I've ever seen," said Joe Jobe, NBB chief executive officer. "The enthusiasm for biodiesel is in every corner of the city. The commitment is contagious, and I am eager for our conference attendees to experience it for themselves."

The San Francisco city government has the largest known city fleet in the world using B20, one of many reasons it is the perfect host for the 2009 National Biodiesel Conference & Expo, Feb. 1-4.

People who have made the biodiesel program a success will kick off the conference educational program.Mayor Gavin Newsom is expected to speak. In 2006, he issued an executive directive designed to increase the pace of municipal use of biodiesel. Today, virtually all of the city's 1,500 diesel vehicles run on B20. The city uses approximately 5 MMgy of B20.

Other city speakers include Chief of Climate Action and Greening Marty Mellera; Clean Vehicles Manager at the Department of the Environment Vandana Bali; Mike Ferry of the San Francisco Fire Department and past recipient of the Eye on Biodiesel Inspiration Award; and Karri Ving, biofuels coordinator for the Public Utilities Commission.

The 2009 conference will offer valuable educational and networking opportunities that attendees have come to expect. A new feature will be sustainability sessions that supplement existing educational tracks. For more information and to register, visit
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