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Mission:

The SBA was founded to support and encourage sustainable production and use of the renewable fuel biodiesel. In 2006, founders, Kelly King, Daryl Hannah and Annie Nelson formed the 501c3 non profit to develop tools for biodiesel stakeholders to evaluate the fuel and create a certification system for sustainable biodiesel.

The Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance (SBA) was founded in December 2006 by biodiesel pioneer Kelly King, activist Annie Nelson and film maker Daryl Hannah to address issues concerning the sustainability of the U.S. biodiesel Industry.

The primary mission of the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance is the completion of an independent sustainability certification system for U.S. Biodiesel Feedstock, Production, Distribution and end use fuel.

SBA programs focus on educating the public on the values of community-based biodiesel systems and how local, sustainable biodiesel can help the U.S. move towards energy, economic and environmental security.

Third, the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance provides tools for sustainability to biodiesel consumers and the biodiesel industry through our website and membership. By working with biodiesel consumers and the biodiesel industry, and promoting the value of sustainable community-based biodiesel, the SBA is bringing people together to build a sustainable energy future that benefits all sectors of society.

Accomplishments:

In 2008 the SBA released the Baseline Practices for Sustainability (BPS). This document was created through a workgroup process made up of forty two industry stakeholders, academics and government representatives. The BPS was the first document of its kind to outline sustainable practices for the biodiesel industry.

In 2009 the BPS was developed into a checklist to be used in scoring biodiesel consumed by fleets nation wide. This pilot testing evaluated over four hundred thousand gallons of fuel on sustainability criteria including environmental, social and economic impacts on regional communities.

In 2011 the SBA teamed up with Green Circle Certified to create a certification process. based on the BPS and pilot testing, to evaluate and brand sustainable biodiesel production and use.

In 2013 the SBA officially launched the Sustainable Biodiesel Certification. This certification evaluate and scores biodiesel production and use throughout the supply chain. Entities that may engage in certification include biodiesel producers, distributors and end users. This certification system has been set in place to validate that biodiesel being used, distributed or produced by a company meets the sustainability objectives of the participating stakeholders.

Executive Director - Jeff Plowman

Jeff Plowman has been involved with the development of the biodiesel industry since 2000 and has worked in all areas of the industry including feedstock development, biodiesel production, marketing and distribution. Jeff is currently leading the efforts of the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance (SBA) to develop sustainability standards for the U.S. biodiesel industry. In 2008 he led the workgroup that developed the Baseline Practices for Sustainability of Biodiesel (BPS), the first document of its kind to address biodiesel sustainability issues in the United States. Under his leadership the BPS document was developed into tools for self-evaluation and quantification of sustainability attributes. In 2013 the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance release the Sustainable Biodiesel Certification for biodiesel producers, distributors and end users.

SBA BOD

In addition to the SBA Board of Directors and Advisory Council, the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance is proud to have the support of our Honorary Board of Directors. These dedicated artists use their collective voices to spread a message of sustainable, community-based biodiesel. Each of these individuals has shown through their work, their art, and their lives that setting an example of social and environmental stewardship is a powerful tool to realize positive change. For more information on the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance Honorary Board of Directors click HERE.

Kelly King, Chair- Kelly is a founding member of the SBA. As Vice President of Pacific Biodiesel, Inc., she helped create the first community-based biodiesel business model in America which is still operational today. She resides in Hawai'i where she is active in environmental and educational issues.

Annie Nelson, Vice-Chair - One of the three founders of the SBA, she has been heavily involved in the biodiesel industry as an advocate and user since 2003. Heavily involved with social and environmental causes and organizations, including Farm Aid and Code Pink. Annie lends her voice and influence to the causes of the environment and community development.

Mike Nasi, Treasurer - Mike is a partner with the Law Firm Jackson Walker in Austin, Texas. His practice focuses on air quality, waste and injection well permitting, soil and groundwater remediation, industrial waste water, and surface mining. He has been a biodiesel supporter and user since 2005.

Ed Zwick, Secretary – Ed is a Hawaii based attorney with a background in international law. Ed has been a long time supporter of social and environmental causes. Mr. Zwick currently serves as Secretary and General Counsel for Pacific Biodiesel, Inc.

Michael Bowman - Michael is a fifth-generation Coloradoan, born and raised on the family farm and ranch in Yuma County, Colorado. He is a National Steering Committee member for “25x'25", and in 2006 he served as Chair of Colorado's New Energy Future and as Co-Chair of Governor-elect Bill Ritter's energy policy transition team. Michael serves on the Board of Directors for the Colorado Conservation Voters and the 2008 Democratic National Convention Planning Committee. He served as a steering committee member of the Colorado Climate Action Plan and the National Leadership Summit for a Sustainable America and as a contributing expert to the Advisory Committee of the Presidential Climate Action Plan.

Kent Bullard – Kent began fleet biodiesel use with the National Park Service in 2000, has personally used biodiesel since 2001 and co-founded the Los Angeles Biodiesel Coop in 2006 to implement and support local biodiesel programs. He has long advocated for locally produced biodiesel from local resources. His technical expertise and quality assurance is a great benefit to the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance.

Laura Harrelson - Laura has been active in the biodiesel community for many years, as a user and advocate. Ms. Louie is the co-founder of www.voiceyourself.org as well as a supporter of many environmentally and socially minded NGOs.

Jim Kleinschmit – Jim is the Director for Rural Community Programs at the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy. He has been involved in community based agriculture for many years. Serving on the Board of Directors for the SBA since 2007, Jim lends legislative and agricultural expertise to the organization.

Dr. Randall von Wedel - Randall is the founder and Principal Biochemist for CytoCulture International, an environmental laboratory and consulting firm on the San Francisco Bay. More recently he also created the BioSolar Group of technical consultants working to develop renewable fuel strategies for corporations and government fleets. Dr. von Wedel pioneered environmental research (including the first marine toxicology studies ever performed on biodiesel), marketing and distribution of biodiesel in the Bay Area since his tests were conducted nearly 15 years ago in 1993.

SBA ADVISORY COUNCIL

Bill Holmberg- Mr.Holmberg graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy, and holds advanced degrees in Personnel Administration, Soviet Affairs and the Russian Language. He served for twenty-one years in the Marine Corps, nineteen of which were as an officer, and retired well decorated. Bill brings an additional thirteen years of experience in the federal government supporting sustainable agriculture and energy technologies, with a focus on biofuels. While at the EPA, FEO, FEA, and DOE, Bill helped to pioneer the ethanol and biodiesel industries. He retired from the federal government at the Senior Executive Service level. Bill spent an additional twenty-one years in the private sector, managing small businesses and associations relating to biofuels, including the New Uses Council and the Biomass Coordinating Council. He is a founding member of the Sustainable Energy Coalition (SEC), which makes major contributions to the Senate and House Renewable and Energy Efficiency (RE & EE) Caucus. Bill is a member of core group promoting the annual Energy Expos on the Hill in concert with the SEC and the Senate and House RE & EE Caucus. He has been key member of the organizing committee of the Environmental and Clean Energy Inaugural Balls since 1989.

R. James Woolsey- Mr. Woolsey is the Venture Partner at Vantage Point Venture Partners and is also the Annenberg Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University; Of Counsel to the law firm of Goodwin Procter; and chairman of the Strategic Advisory Group of Paladin Capital Corporation.  Before he joined VantagePoint in March 2008, Mr. Woolsey was a Partner with Booz Allen Hamilton in McLean, Virginia, specializing in energy and security issues, and prior to that a partner with Shea & Gardner in Washington D.C., specializing in commercial litigation and alternative dispute resolution (arbitration and mediation).  He practiced at the firm for 22 years on four different occasions and served five times in the federal government for a total of 12 years, holding Presidential appointments in two Democratic and two Republican administrations.  He served as Director of Central Intelligence (1993-95), Ambassador and Chief Negotiator for the Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE) Treaty in Vienna (1989-91), Delegate at Large (on a part-time basis) to the Strategic Arms Reductions Talks (START) and the Defense and Space Talks in Geneva (1983-86), Under Secretary of the Navy (1977-79), and General Counsel to the U.S. Senate committee on Armed Services (1970-73).  He has served on numerous corporate and non-profit boards.  From time to time he speaks publicly and contributes articles to newspapers and other periodicals on such issues as national security, energy, foreign affairs and intelligence.

Karl Ra'bago - Karl is an environmental law attorney with nearly twenty years experience in guiding electricity policy and regulation, clean energy technology development and the implementation of sustainability principles. He is the founding member and Board Chair for the Center for Resource Solutions and former Chair of Green-E Governance Board responsible for the development of the Green-E certification system.

Dr. Dennis Keeney - Dennis was the first director of the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University. He retired in 2000, and is professor emeritus of Agronomy and Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering at Iowa State University. Dennis has published over 140 refereed papers on soil and water quality research, and served on numerous state, federal and international scientific committees and task forces. Dennis is also a Senior Fellow at IATP and the Department of Soil, Air and Water in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences at the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Joe Outlaw - Joe is a Professor and Extension Economist in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Texas A&M University. He also serves as Co-Director of the Agricultural and Food Policy Center (AFPC) at Texas A&M University. Joe led the team of Texas A&M economists who received awards in excellence for their 2002 farm bill education efforts from the American Agricultural Economics Association, the Southern Agricultural Economics Association, the National Public Policy Education Committee, USDA-FSA, and the Vice Chancellor in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Texas A&M University.

Robert King - Bob is the principal founder and president of Pacific Biodiesel, Inc. Bob resides on Maui, where he founded one of the first commercial biodiesel processing plants in the U.S., an operation that also boasts the first retail biodiesel pump in the country. In addition to its own Hawaii-based production facilities, Pacific Biodiesel has built commercial production facilities for clients in Japan, Virginia, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Maryland and California. Bob has just been nominated for a second term on the Hawaii State Environmental Council on which he currently serves as Chairman.

Larry Mitchell - Larry is the Director of Governmental Affairs with American Corn GrowersAssociation. He is a long time advocate of sustainable farming practices and supporter of community based agriculture. Larry brings expertise in sustainable agriculture and other fields to the Alliance.

Chris Garth - Chris operates Carolina Management System Services. He is a long time supporter of biodiesel and biofuel development, and a Quality (including BQ9000), Environmental, Health, Safety and Security Auditor and Management System Consultant.

Netaka White - Netaka is the Biofuels Director at Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund, a nonprofit organization formed by the State Legislature in 1995 to pioneer and expand Vermont’s emerging, green economy [www.vsjf.org] . Prior to joining VSJF, Netaka was the co-founder and Executive Director of the Vermont Biofuels Association from 2004-2008. He also serves on the Board of Renewable Energy Vermont, and the VT 25x'25 steering committee. Netaka and the VSJF have been actively working towards the development of a sustainable biofuels sector since 2004 with grant making, outreach and technical assistance. Grantees and stakeholders include farmers and agricultural researchers, biofuel and conventional fuel businesses, commercial users of biodiesel, and a range of professionals working in the energy and transportation sectors.

David Schaler - David is currently the Administrator of the Office of Conservation and Sustainable Development in the City of where he is responsible for guiding the development of the City’s Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Plan as well as for the formation of its overall sustainability initiative. He formerly served as Sustainable Development and Climate Change Coordinator in the Denver office of the EPA from 1995-2007. In that capacity he was responsible for promoting sustainable development and identifying opportunities to integrate the concept into EPA regulatory, educational, research and outreach missions. He designed and delivered sustainability training programs for EPA regional and headquarters office staff. He was a frequent local, national and international speaker, instructor and trainer on sustainability principles and practice as well as an advisor to local, State and national governments, non-profits, academic institutions and businesses on sustainability initiatives, policies and projects.

SUSTAINABLE BIODIESEL ALLIANCE NEWS

SBA FOUNDING BOARD MEMBER MEETS WITH PRESIDENT OBAMA

Michael Bowman was one of twelve White House Champions of Change Alumni who met with President Obama in celebration of the program’s one year anniversary.  The Champions of Change program was created as a part of President Obama’s Winning the Future initiative. Each week, a different sector has been highlighted and groups of Champions, ranging from educators to entrepreneurs to community leaders, have been recognized for the work they are doing to serve and strengthen their communities.

Since the program began, the White House has hosted over forty Champions of Change events honoring over 500 individuals from all 50 states for their work in their community. This event highlights the great accomplishments the alumni have achieved since initially being honored as White House Champions of Change.

“We created the Champions of Change program to honor ordinary Americans who are doing extraordinary things,” said President Obama.  “By making their communities better places to live, our Champions are helping to ensure that our country’s best days lie ahead.”

Michael Bowman, a Make It in America Champion, is a fifth-generation native of Colorado from the northeastern community of Wray, Colorado. Throughout his adult life he has been active in the rural development initiatives both nationally and internationally. He serves on the National Steering Committee for “25x25” was a founding member of the alliance.  He is also a founding board member of the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance and Shadowcliff, a Colorado-based environmental non-profit education facility in Grand County.

Learn more about the White House Champions of Change program at www.whitehouse.gov/champions.

SBA PARTICIPATES IN USDA / UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA BIODIESEL WORKSHOP

Ft. Pierce, Florida –The Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance was a proud sponsor of a recent Biodiesel Workshop at the USDA Extension office at Ft. Pierce, Florida. Representatives from the USDA, University of Florida and Florida Power and Light were on hand with a host of local farmers considering biodiesel feedstock for use on available land. Representatives from local biodiesel producers and industry stakeholders also attended the event.

The event included an introduction by SBA Board Member Dr. Randall von Wedel and presentations by SBA Member Piedmont Biofuels, Florida Power and Light and the University of Florida. Rachel Burton of Piedmont Biofuels gave a presentation on the new enzymatic technology being designed and developed by Piedmont and Novazym . Florida Power and Light gave a history of their biodiesel use as a fleet and continued commitment to alternative energy.

After a day of presentations and discussion with the stakeholders of Florida’s biodiesel industry the group took a field trip to a new production location in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. GreenWave Biodiesel has just opened a state of the art production facility in the heart of Ft. Lauderdale. This entirely in door production facility will be capable of processing 4 million gallons of biodiesel from used cooking oil each year. The company is also committed to selling their product for use in Florida. “We want to create energy for Florida, from Florida feedstocks” said Eric Lesp’erance, Principal at Green Wave Biodiesel. The event was concluded with a tour of the University of Florida’s experimental oilseed project. Canola, Camolina and Salvia plots using different fertilizer mixes and farming techniques are being tested in the high-sand content soil in order to determine the most effective and profitable feedstocks for the local Florida ag-community.

The Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance was excited to be one of the principal sponsors of the event. “Events like this connect the local biodiesel community. The SBA will continue to promote regional efforts like this in order to empower the local biodiesel community.” Said Jeff Plowman, Executive Director of the SBA. For more information on the efforts of the USDA Extension and the University of Florida click HERE or visit the SBA at www.fuelresponsibly.org

SUSTAINABLE RETAIL BIODIESEL IS HERE!

Austin, TX – The Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance, alongside SBA Business Member companies in three states unveiled the first retail locations scored through the Sustainability Report Card for biodiesel at the nozzle.   SBA Business members participated in t his new system that scores biodiesel based on a host of requirements including: biodiesel feedstock type, feedstock origin, how the fuel was produced and how far it travelled to point of sale.  These questions and many others determine a numeric score for the fuel that translates into a Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum rating for the biodiesel. This marks the first time a ‘Sustainability’ assurance program has been used for an alternative fuel at the retail level in the United States. Piedmont Biofuels of Pittsboro North Carolina, Pacific Biodiesel Hawaii and Sequential Biofuels Oregon will offer SBA scored sustainable biodiesel at a total of 8 retail pumps in three states, beginning August 1st, 2011. In addition to these 8 locations, the SBA plans on announcing more retail sites across the country throughout the rest of 2011.

The SBA was founded in 2006 to create an independent certification system for sustainable biodiesel sold in this country” said SBA Executive Director, Jeff Plowman “these are the first of many stations to be scored nation-wide in the coming months.” The SBA teamed up with business members Piedmont Biofuels, Pacific Biodiesel and Sequential Biofuels for the first set of retail locations. "We've been waiting for a sustainability labeling system for years,  and we are delighted that our fuel scored at the top.  Not all  biodiesel is created equal.  Thanks to the SBA the driving public now  has a way to discern the difference between one biodiesel and  another," said Lyle Estill president of Piedmont Biofuels.  “Piedmont is proud to be a member of the SBA and one of the first sites for labeled biodiesel in the U.S.”.
“Transparency is key to making informed decisions” said Jeff Plowman “this scoring tool will help American consumers make informed decisions about their fuel choice and I am confident we will see people choosing a more sustainable product.” While the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance is still working on an independent third party certification system, the retail biodiesel scoring system is clearly the first step toward accomplishing this goal. American consumers have seen successful programs like the Organic Food Certification and Free Trade Certifications take hold with certified retail products in every sector of consumerism. Sustainable, locally produced fuel is a natural next step in efforts to drive purchasing decisions toward local, environmentally and socially friendly products.

TIR 2013 - Featuring Article by the SBA's Kelly King

July 30, 2013 –The Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance's own Kelly King is featured in the new 2013 Transportation Industry Review.

To read the article CLICK HERE.

To view the entire 2013 TRI document CLICK HERE.

Refinery Boosts Economy and Environment in Hawaii

July 2, 2012 – Big Island Biodiesel, an advanced biodiesel production facility, was opened this week on the island of Hawaii by SBA business member Pacific Biodiesel Technologies. The third biodiesel refinery to be built in the state, the project was the brainchild of Robert King, President of Pacific Biodiesel Technologies and was 100% funded by individuals and businesses based in Hawaii.

At a reception held on the Keaau site of the new plant, Hawaii State Governor Neil Abercrombie praised the investment by Pacific Biodiesel, saying, “This is a commitment to renewable, alternative energy and its role as a central feature of whether we can survive as a democracy in these Hawaiian Islands.” Other speakers included U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye and officials from the U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. State Representative Denny Coffman, and State Senators Mike Gabbard and Gilbert Kahele, presented Pacific Biodiesel founders Bob and Kelly King with a proclamation from the State Legislature honoring Big Island Biodiesel for its mission and green jobs creation. Kahu Kimo Pihana led a traditional Hawaiian blessing for the new facility.

Locally owned and operated, Big Island Biodiesel is another great example of community-based biodiesel production supporting energy security, a cleaner environment and local economic development! Congratulations Pacific Biodiesel!

Biodiesel Takes Two Big Steps Forward in Texas

May 13th, 2012 – Changes in regulations that will speed the growth of biodiesel blending have been announced by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), and a TCEQ grant program will encourage the development of new biodiesel fueling stations in Texas. These positive developments are the fruits of years of effort by the Biodiesel Coalition of Texas (BCOT) which was founded in 2005 by many of the current Board Members of the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance, including Kelly and Bob King, Annie and Willie Nelson, and Jeff Plowman.

On March 7, TCEQ proposed revisions to the Texas Low Emission Diesel (TxLED) Program rules. During the subsequent public comment period every comment letter received by TCEQ supported the proposed changes, and final approval is expected this summer.

Three significant changes will result from the TCEQ action:

1) The definition of "additive" is changed to conform the TxLED rules with federal law.
2) Performance testing requirements will avoid unintended barriers to biodiesel blending.
3) Biodiesel blends are deemed compliant with Texas standards if the diesel fuel used meets TxLED requirements, the biodiesel used complies with ASTM D6751, and the biodiesel contains no more than 15 ppm sulfur (a requirement that biodiesel easily meets).

On May 2, TCEQ issued a Request for Grant Applications under its Alternative Fueling Facilities Program, which specifically includes biodiesel fueling stations as one of the types of facilities eligible for funding under this Texas Emission Reduction Program (TERP) initiative.  Under this program, TCEQ expects to award roughly $2.4 million dollars in grants to increase the availability of alternative fuels like biodiesel, in order to reduce air pollution.  As the Texas Legislature continues to expand opportunities for alternative fuel infrastructure, biodiesel is now well-positioned to help Texans reduce vehicle emissions and our dependence on foreign oil.

With these two breakthroughs, TCEQ and the Texas biodiesel industry have made great strides, eliminating barriers and providing a program to incentivize alternative fuels infrastructure.  SBA applauds these efforts to reinvigorate a promising biodiesel fuel market in Texas, and we will continue to inform public officials about the significant operational and environmental benefits of biodiesel use.

Fill'er Up...With Hemp Biodiesel

October 8th, 2010 –Hemp could be on the verge of joining the growing number of weeds that could power your car. Researchers at the University of Connecticut have found that industrial hemp seeds could make an ideal feedstock for biofuel production. Slight hitch: growing hemp, industrial or otherwise, is still illegal in the U.S. However, given that medical marijuana is rapidly approaching mainstream status and some states are relaxing marijuana-related laws, the chances for an industrial hemp comeback look a little brighter. To read the complete article from CleanTechnica click HERE

On job creation—local fruits and vegetables vs. corn and soybeans

April 2nd, 2010 – It turns out that foods that are better for you may also be better for farmers and local job creation. A new study by the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University found that expanding fruit and vegetable production in the upper Midwest could bring significantly more economic benefits than conventional corn and soybean production on the same acreage.

The study, by Iowa State Research Scientist Dave Swenson, looked at the potential for fruit and vegetable production in Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin. It identified 28 kinds of fruits and vegetables that farmers are able to grow in the region. Currently, much of the fruits and vegetables in the region come from other parts of the country or even outside the country. Read the rest of this exciting article click HERE.

Alanis Morissette Performs to Benefit the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance

Los Angeles, California – The Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance hosted a fundraising concert and dinner on October 24th, to gather support for the cause of community-based, sustainable biodiesel. The evening’s festivities were held at the Elevate Films rooftop loft and included a breathtaking performance by seven-time Grammy Award winner Alanis Morissette.

“It is critical that we protect community-based biodiesel as a renewable energy alternative. Fundraisers like this allow us to do just that.” Said SBA Executive Director Jeff Plowman “We are very thankful to have the support of artists like Alanis to help us accomplish this important goal.”  The fundraiser did just that through ticket sales and a silent auction of donated memorabilia and products from supporting artists and companies. To read the full article click HERE.

Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance Launches Web Tools for a Sustainable Biodiesel Industry

Austin, Texas 12/18/09 -- Today the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance announced the launch of their new web based sustainability tools for the biodiesel industry. These tools include a sustainability survey and carbon calculators for the entire biodiesel value chain. This survey is the first of its kind to score sustainability metrics and quantify biodiesel’s environmental, social and economic benefit. These tools are the direct result of the Baseline Practices for Sustainability (BPS) document that was published last year and are the foundation of what is to become an independent sustainability certification.

“These tools are designed to help stakeholders evaluate their environmental impact while providing guidance for continued improvement,” said Jeff Plowman Executive Director of the SBA, “ultimately we hope that these tools will help create a value add for farmers and feedstock producers; create a better marketing position for biodiesel refiners and distributors, while reducing emissions and providing real energy security.”

The entire biodiesel industry is at risk today due to the potential impact of unsustainable production practices and is under increased pressure to prove the benefits of biodiesel over petroleum diesel. These tools are designed to help all those involved in the biodiesel value chain to evaluate their overall impact and establish goals for improvement to create a more sustainable biodiesel industry. Business members of the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance will have full access the entire suite of tools to evaluate their biodiesel enterprise.

“Our customers are asking for information regarding our products positive and negative impacts. The support and credibility that we get by being a member of the SBA provides confidence to our customers to continue choosing our products.” said Ian Hill CEO of SeQuential Biofuels. The SBA is working to create an inclusive framework to showcase the positive benefits of sustainable, community-based biodiesel. By participation in the program, member companies receive feedback and support for their enterprise model.

“Transparency is extremely important to Organic Valley. We want our commitment to producing and utilizing biodiesel to result in a positive impact on the environment and our bottom line” said Jennifer Harrison, Organic Valley’s Sustainability Program Manager and SBA business member. “The challenge we and many who have made a commitment to burning biodiesel have is the evaluation of the feedstock. It can be difficult to decipher the sustainability tradeoffs. This tool has helped us to look at the entire chain from cultivation to our tanks. We are not shying away from biodiesel, in fact we are looking to transition further into renewable fuels.”

The SBA will host a webinar to preview the tools to stakeholders and is seeking input from industry during this initial phase. For information regarding the webinar or to learn more about how to join the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance log on to www.fuelresponsibly.org. .

 

SBA Presents 2009 Visionary Awards

Rothbury, Michigan 07/05/2009 --- The SBA was on hand for the 2nd annual Rothbury Music Festival July 2nd-5th. Executive Director, Jeff Plowman and Associate Director Tanner Watt were guest speakers as part of the Environmental "Think Tank". Jeff was a panelist for the Sustainable Cities panel and Tanner was a part of the Clean Vehicles Town Hall Forum. During the weekend's festivities the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance took the opportunity to present the 2009 Visionary Awards to Lauren Sullivan and Adam Gardner, Founders of Reverb, and to www.nearbio.com for excellence and advancement in the field of sustainability. SBA Honorary Board of Directors Chariman, Willie Nelson presented the awards to the honorees with members of the SBA team and Board of Directors. Every year the Sustainable biodiesel Alliances honors at least one individual and one organization for advancements in the field of sustainabile biodiesel. This year the SBA honors the founders of Reverb, a non-profit greening organization that helps minimize the negative environmentl impact of music tours, concerts and events. The SBA also recognized www.nearbio.com this year, NearBio continues to develop the most in depth and accurate biodiesel locator engine available online today. For more information on the 2009 SBA Visionairesplease use the following links: For more information on Reverb click HERE. For more information on NearBio Click HERE.