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
broadcasted live. It was phenomenal. The four-day conference at the Moscone
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
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
What impressed me most was 2008’s
700 million gallon production of this fuel which reduced greenhouse
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/