Foundation Focused on Industry Advancement

By Tom Verry | November 17, 2010
As the executive director of the National Biodiesel Foundation, I have the privilege to work alongside a dedicated, hardworking board of directors: Darryl Brinkman, John Heisdorffer, David Womack, and Beth Calabotta. This board, on behalf of the NBF, strives to accomplish outreach, education, research and demonstration activities for the advancement of biodiesel and its coproducts to improve rural economic development, national security, air quality and the environment.

Established in 1994, the NBF is a national organization working to support the expansion of biodiesel in the marketplace. As such, over the past several years, we have been successful in many educational and promotional events. For example, in 2009, NBF partnered with the state of Arizona to promote biodiesel through the Capital Christmas Tree Campaign. This project funded the fuel for the vehicles transporting the Christmas tree from Arizona to the city of Washington. This was the first year the tree was transported using an alternative fuel and was an excellent opportunity to promote and educate the general public on the benefits of biodiesel.

In addition, we have worked with Clean Cities coalitions across the nation to host fuel quality workshops. We have also received two U.S. DOE Clean Cities grants to promote renewable fuel education and develop biodiesel infrastructure.

Plans for 2011 include working with the National Biodiesel Board on water and greenhouse gas life cycle analysis for biofuels, increasing awareness of Bioheat through educational programs, and continuing to develop biodiesel infrastructure projects. These projects as well as others could not have been accomplished without tax-free contributions from individuals and organizations like yours.

Get Involved

As 2011 approaches, we are preparing our annual silent auction that will be showcased during the 2011 National Biodiesel Conference & Expo in Phoenix. We are requesting tax-deductible donations (cash, goods or services) to be combined into auction packages or to stand alone. Funds raised by this event will support our industry priorities. This is a unique opportunity to gain visibility during the conference while supporting this great cause. If you would like to donate a service or item, please contact me. General donations can be made through our website at or by mailing checks to:

The National Biodiesel Foundation
PO Box 104898
Jefferson City, MO 65110-4898

The NBF staff and directors work closely with the NBB as we support educational and research projects consistent with the needs of the industry. The NBF is a 501 c (3) nonprofit and accepts tax-free contributions from individuals and organizations. With your tax-deductible donation, we can continue our important work with biodiesel-the domestically-produced, renewable and sustainable energy source that moves our country one large step closer to energy independence.

If you would like more information on the NBF, its auction, or its 2011 open solicitations, please contact me at (800) 841-5849. I welcome the opportunity to talk with you. Remember, your active support is essential to the biodiesel industry.

Tom Verry, National Biodiesel Foundation
Executive Director
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