Biodiesel awards recognize Neil Young, industry leaders

By | March 01, 2005
An automobile manufacturer, school bus fleet manager, soybean organization, federal energy program and musician took home awards from the 2nd annual "Eye on Biodiesel" awards ceremony. NBB also presented a National Energy Leadership Award to Ohio Democratic Rep. Marcy Kaptur.

NBB designed the Eye on Biodiesel awards program to recognize individuals and groups who have significantly advanced the board's mission of public education and industry growth. The award categories and winners are:

DaimlerChrysler has taken the important initiative of fueling its new diesel Jeep Liberty CRD with B5 at the Jeep factory. Not only is DaimlerChrysler providing more vehicles that run on biodiesel, but it has also taken the strong step of filling them up with the blended fuel at the factory. DaimlerChrysler is the first automaker to show this level of support to biodiesel blends and promoting it to customers.

-Impact-American Soybean Association (ASA)
The ASA is a membership-driven, grassroots policy organization that represents U.S. soybean farmers. ASA implements activities designed to increase demand for U.S. soybeans, and to educate and train producers to represent U.S. agriculture in Washington, D.C., and around the world, with biodiesel as a top priority. The ASA was instrumental in leading the campaign to pass the biodiesel tax incentive.

-Inspiration-Joe Biluck Jr.
The director of Operations and Technology at New Jersey's Medford School District recognized the benefits of biodiesel seven years ago, when he led Medford to become the first school district to use biodiesel. Since then, Biluck has used B20 in his fleet of 65 buses and trucks. He often notes that drivers driving handicapped students found a noticeable difference in biodiesel fumes, as students are exposed for longer periods of time while loading and unloading near the tailpipe. Biluck spends his personal time educating other fleet managers
about biodiesel and champions the fuel to all.

-Industry Partnership-National Clean Cities Program
The U.S. DOE's National Clean Cities Program has taken the word of biodiesel to energy decision-makers and promoted it in its network of more than 80 volunteer coalitions. It is unlike any other government program in its ability to disseminate biodiesel information in local communities, increasing biodiesel use and generating publicity for the fuel. The highly driven and dedicated Clean Cities' staff and coordinators develop public/private partnerships to promote alternative fuels and vehicles, fuel blends, fuel economy, hybrid vehicles
and idle reduction. Its overriding goal is to reduce petroleum consumption in the United States, and the group sees biodiesel as a critical component of success. The Clean Cities Program is within DOE's Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy department. Shelley Launey, who has provided strong leadership for the organization for nearly five years, accepted the award.

-Influencer-Neil Young
The legendary singer/songwriter has shown outspoken sup-port for biodiesel and the family farm, articulately sharing his knowledge of the benefits of biodiesel with millions of Americans. Young used biodiesel during his Greenville tour and was instrumental in Farm Aid using the fuel in 2004, where he and Willie Nelson told thousands in attendance, It's clean. It's American grown fuel. It doesn't damage anything. This is so obvious." Young accepted the award by video.Last year's Influencer award winner, actress Daryl Hannah, announced this year's winner and introduced the video in person at the conference. "I'd like to thank the National Biodiesel Board for this great honor," Young said. "It's a way of life. It's a better way of moving around the planet."

NBB presented Kaptur with the National Energy Leadership Award for her commitment to renewable energy and domestic energy security. She played a key role in opening doors that have led to the increased use of biodiesel, including her support of DaimlerChrysler's decision to fill every new 2005 Jeep Liberty CRD leaving the factory with B5. "I would like to thank Joe Jobe and the members of the National Biodiesel Board for this award," Kaptur said. "Biodiesel and other alternative fuels should be a national commitment. They provide an economic opportunity for our farmers, as well as a new product for our auto industry."
NBB Executive Director Joe Jobe said, "I congratulate all of this year's winners and hope they are as honored by these awards as we are by their heartfelt commitment to biodiesel."
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