Pacific Biodiesel receives national Green Jobs Award

Pacific Biodiesel received the SJF Institute's 2011 Green Jobs Award, one of seven companies nationwide to be honored.
By Ron Kotrba | November 09, 2011

Pacific Biodiesel is one of just seven companies in the nation to be recognized by the SJF Institute as a 2011 Green Jobs Award honoree. The Green Jobs Award honors private businesses that contribute to both the economy and the environment. Applicants are judged on their contribution to environmental quality, the quality of their jobs and benefits, the diversity of employment opportunities, and their level of community engagement.

The other six companies honored with this SJF Institute award are Better World Books, Power Partners Inc., Sacred Power Corporation, SolarCity, Sungevity, and The Taylor Companies. SJF Institute says these firms represent diverse industries, from traditional industry innovators, to renewable energy and energy efficiency, to consumer products. Together the companies employ more than 2,500 people and their aggregate revenue exceeds $150 million.

Pacific Biodiesel says in the past year it has added 10 new staff positions in Hawaii and its new project, Big Island Biodiesel, created 85 construction jobs.

“We are excited to be growing and supporting more and more families with jobs that are fulfilling, dynamic and making a difference in our communities and our nation,” said Kelly King, vice president of Pacific Biodiesel.

The Green Jobs awards ceremony will take place tomorrow, Nov. 10, at the Citi Executive Conference Center in New York City, and will feature keynote speaker Jonathan Greenblatt, the director of the White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation.

“These seven exemplary companies show you can have true sustainability while creating real, quality jobs at all levels,” said Bonny Moellenbrock, SJF Institute executive director. "By acknowledging the tremendous work these companies are doing, we hope to both support their efforts and inspire other businesses to follow their lead."

The Green Jobs Award is made possible by the support of the Citi Foundation. "The Citi Foundation is proud to support the 2011 Green Jobs Awards," said Pam Flaherty, CEO and President of the Citi Foundation.

"These seven honorees demonstrate that a triple bottom line business strategy can be successful for any size organization. As the U.S. strives to create more high quality employment opportunities, these businesses are contributing to this effort in a way that also adds value to the environment and our communities."

Big Island Biodiesel, scheduled to open on Hawaii Island in 2012, is Pacific Biodiesel’s newest project and will showcase its newest, advanced super-efficient biofuel production technology.