Highest biodiesel honors awarded at national conference

By | February 09, 2011

The National Biodiesel Board recognized six biodiesel champions at the annual Eye on Biodiesel awards presentation at the National Biodiesel Conference & Expo held recently in Phoenix.

“The biodiesel industry is blessed with many champions and true believers,” said Joe Jobe, CEO of the NBB. “Each of these winners has helped carry the biodiesel torch, fostering understanding, mentoring others and encouraging broader use of a cleaner burning, sustainable fuel.”

The NBB's 2011 Eye on Biodiesel award categories and winners:

Inspiration: Deer Valley Unified School District. This Arizona school district began its biodiesel program in 1999, long before the fuel was a known quantity. Now the district uses biodiesel blends from B5 to B50 in all 236 school buses. Transportation Director Nick Portonova says he routinely takes calls from across the nation, helping answer questions that other fleets have. Portonova added the biggest benefit of using biodiesel is the healthier choice they are making for their students.

Industry Partnership: Nebraska Soybean Board. The board has been a leader among state soybean organizations in its support of biodiesel. Staff and farmer leaders participated in Bioheat tours in Boston and New York and hosted an oilheat industry delegation. They introduced new state soybean organizations to the biodiesel industry and continue to support the industry through major investments in biodiesel projects. 

Influence: City of New York, New York City Department of Sanitation, and New York City Department of Parks and Recreation. N.Y. Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed landmark air quality legislation that includes a provision requiring all heating oil sold within the city to contain at least 2 percent biodiesel by Oct. 1, 2012. By moving to environmentally friendly Bioheat, the City will annually replace approximately 20 million gallons of petroleum-based heating fuel. The sanitation department uses biodiesel blends of B5 to B20 in its 4,000 diesel vehicles, which include many large trucks and snow plows. Parks and recreation has operated its diverse fleet of vehicles as well as more than 130 buildings on B20 to B100 blends since 2006. Because of these two departments’ commitment to cleaner fuels, New York City is the nation’s largest municipal user of biodiesel.

Impact: Ford Motor Co. As a leader in the automotive industry, Ford has again stepped to the forefront with its support and promotion of biodiesel. The full line of 2011 Ford Super Duty diesel trucks is approved for B20 blends and features a large silver B20 emblem on the side. This continued support leads to greater consumer confidence in biodiesel.

Initiative: NBB Grassroots Team Captains. The NBB grassroots initiative empowers biodiesel industry leaders and supporters to influence public discussion. The successful program centers on the team captains who carry out targeted objectives in their states. Since November 2009, the team captains have rallied contacts in key states to support the push to extend the biodiesel tax incentive. In that time, their volunteer efforts led to more than 125 earned media placements, successful sight visits, and thousands of calls and letters to elected leaders.

Innovation: Disneyland Resort. The resort is a national landmark, where efforts to reduce emissions through biodiesel use displace 200,000 gallons a year of petroleum diesel. The innovative solution saved its iconic steam trains and is a shining example of biodiesel use.

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