Who’s benefiting from the National Biodiesel Foundation—is it you?
The short answer is all of us. The National Biodiesel Foundation manages or contributes to multiple projects directly benefiting the entire biodiesel industry.
For starters, the foundation is funding critical land use modeling research at Purdue University. The results of this work will better position biodiesel to compete in California’s low carbon fuels market. Findings are expected to be published this fall.
Earlier this year, the foundation supported the Sustainability Symposium held at the 2012 National Biodiesel Conference and the 4th Annual Biofuels: Science and Sustainability Congressional Tour. While the Sustainability Symposium provided academics and experts an opportunity to exchange information with each other and attendees, the congressional tour helped spread the word about the positive attributes of biodiesel to congressional members and their staff, the Congressional Research Service and other key individuals.
With a grant from the U.S. DOE, the foundation continued to fund fuel distributors to install biodiesel terminals. These terminals are expanding distribution nationwide making this advanced biofuel more readily available.
Foundation efforts in education, research and infrastructure development are drawing the attention of private businesses. Last spring, US Coachways, a charter bus company, began making regular contributions. According to NBF Executive Director Tom Verry, “Coachways’ monthly contributions are mutually beneficial. Their support of the foundation helps Coachways meet their desire to go green, while we enjoy the needed flexible revenue for critical biodiesel research and education.”
Verry added, “We want to encourage more companies to do the same—to get involved with the NBF to support the advancement of the biodiesel industry.” US Coachways and other corporate donors have been featured on NBF’s website leader boards, in press articles and in other announcements.
This year, the foundation plans to fund a large multifuel study necessary to help defend the RFS. Without additional funding, this work cannot move forward. To contribute to the NBF or learn more about its activities, visit them at www.biodieselfoundation.org.