Boston Parks and Recreation Department partners with Bioheat

By CBS EcoMedia | November 14, 2013

The City of Boston Parks and Recreation Department celebrated the installation of new oil tanks in the Franklin Park Maintenance building with a special ribbon-cutting celebration. The oil tank replacement was made possible thanks to Bioheat’s advertising through CBS EcoMedia’s innovative EcoAd program.

With Bioheat’s support, an aging, 1,000 gallon oil tank located in the maintenance building was replaced. The decades-old tank needed an upgrade to eliminate the potential for operational performance issues that might otherwise plague ratable operational performance. The new tanks will substantially provide a cleaner environment to store Bioheat, and through this collaboration with the EcoAd program, the tanks were resupplied with Bioheat, a cleaner and renewable home heating oil.

Bioheat provides a cleaner, safer and more complete and energy efficient burn, which helps to reduce the city’s greenhouse gas emissions and fight climate change. Bioheat may actually extend equipment life and reduce periodic maintenance intervals. It can be made domestically from agricultural or recycled resources, and helps to preserve America’s energy independence.

The upgrade and transition to Bioheat falls within the Greenovate Boston Initiative, a community-driven movement to get all Bostonians involved in reducing the city’s greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent by 2020 and by 80 percent by 2050. This initiative was outlined in Mayor Thomas M. Menino’s Climate Action Plan and will enable people to take simple steps that will make the city a better, greener place to live and work.

“Being able to support this exciting project to transition this location to a 21st century heating fuel is what the Bioheat education project is all about,” said Paul Nazzaro, the National Biodiesel Board’s petroleum liaison. “It is my hope that the city continues to learn more about Bioheat and the positive benefits derived from its use.”  

"The City of Boston is grateful for the tank replacement which was made possible because of support from Bioheat and other partners,” said Antonia Pollak, commissioner of Boston Parks and Recreation. “This project is in keeping with Boston Mayor Thomas Menino's Greenovate initiative which strives to have government officials work with private sector partners to reduce greenhouse gas emissions."  

Prior to the ribbon cutting, guests were given a tour of the new Bioheat storage tanks. The event was hosted by Nazzaro; Pollak; Nancy Girard, environment director, city of Boston; and Paul Polizzotto, founder and president, CBS EcoMedia.

“We’re immensely grateful to Bioheat for their commitment to improving the quality of life in Boston,” said Polizzotto. “Bioheat’s generous gift of these new oil tanks to the city of Boston Parks Department will help to improve Franklin Park and the surrounding community, and substantially decrease greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change.”


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