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2.6.09 Leading. Change. Now.

2009 National Biodiesel Conference Wrap Up

I had the opportunity to attend the National Biodiesel Conference in San Francisco with GREAT Talk! Radio

where we broadcasted live. It was phenomenal. The four-day conference at the Moscone Center began

Superbowl Sunday and included addresses from News Correspondent Kiki McClain, Grammy and Academy

Award winning musician Melissa Etheridge and actress Daryl Hannah. San Francisco has really taken

initiative for a cleaner environment and the fuel they are using to get them there is biodiesel.

They have their 1500 city vehicles operating on B-20, including emergency vehicles, and even Ferries

running on this clean fuel.

Sustainability was a hot topic at the conference, where NBB unveiled a formalized list of

principles to guide the industry. The principles demonstrate the biodiesel industry’s continued

commitment to climate change mitigation, human rights, food security, and respect for natural

resources. In addition the conference featured an education track focused specifically on these

critical topics.

The NBB’s 2009 “Eye on Biodiesel Award” recognized Melissa Etheridge, Bryan Peterson and

Pete Bethune, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, Ronald Hayes/State of Missouri and Randy

Jennings/State of Tennessee, and Randall von Wedel. In addition NBB awarded Kenlon

Johannes the Pioneer Award

What impressed me most was 2008’s 700 million gallon production of this fuel which reduced greenhouse

gas emissions the equivalent of removing 980,000 vehicles from U.S. roads.

The 2010 National Biodiesel Conference & Expo takes place Feb. 7 – 10 in Grapevine, Texas. We will be

in attendance to bring awareness to the public and bring you the latest information on Biodiesel and its growing future.

For more information, or if you would like to attend this event alongside us, please visit http://www.biodieselconference.org/2010/default.asp

** For more 2009 post conference updates and photos, please visit NBB's website at:  http://www.biodieselconference.org/2009/