Springboard Biodiesel's BioPro endorsed by Green Restaurant Ass'n

By Ron Kotrba | December 11, 2012

Chico, Calif.-based Springboard Biodiesel announced that its trademarked BioPro EX has met the Green Restaurant Association’s rigorous endorsement standards for alternative fuel refueling stations. By using the BioPro EX, restaurants can make biodiesel that meets ASTM specifications for 95 cents a gallon, according to Springboard Biodiesel. In addition to saving costs on fuel, restaurants that use the GRA-endorsed BioPro EX can stay ahead of legislation and significantly reduce CO2 and particulate emissions.

Restaurants will earn 2.5 GreenPoints towards becoming a Certified Green Restaurant based on the GRA’s certification standards in the environmental category of eliminating waste. Furthermore, the GRA requires Certified Green Restaurants in the following locations to convert their grease to biodiesel or energy: Asheville, N.C., Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, southern and central Connecticut, Washington, D.C., Idaho, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, Portland, Ore., San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Spokane, Wash., and Wyoming.

“Innovative technology such as the BioPro EX has made it possible for restaurants to recycle their grease in a simple, cost-efficient manner,” said Michael Oshman, founder and CEO of the Green Restaurant Association. “While the average restaurant washes about 15 pounds of grease down the drain for every 150 meals served, restaurants that use the BioPro EX device help both the environment and their budgets.”

“We’re delighted by this endorsement,” said Springboard Biodiesel’s CEO Mark Roberts. “Making a clean-burning fuel in an automated appliance and saving money at the same time is a truly great combination of benefits. The BioPro enables restaurant owners to both save money and differentiate themselves in the eyes of their customers, who are increasingly valuing green initiatives.”

Today, when seemingly everything is made in China, another aspect of the BioPro EX equipment that Springboard Biodiesel is proud of is it’s entirely made in the U.S.

Springboard Biodiesel is a biodiesel equipment manufacturer located in Chico, Calif., which manufactures processors, dry-wash systems, glycerin demethylators, methanol purifiers, and other ancillary equipment used in the small-scale production of biodiesel from waste streams. Springboard is best known for its BioPro line of biodiesel processors, automated machines that convert used cooking oils (any vegetable or animal oil) into premium-grade biodiesel for 95 cents per gallon (if an operator can collect cooking oil for free).

The GRA is the only official certifier of Green Restaurants in the U.S. The national nonprofit organization was founded in 1990 to shift the restaurant industry toward ecological sustainability. For 20 years, the GRA has pioneered the Green Restaurant movement and currently works with more than 850 restaurants throughout the U.S. and Canada. With a transparent and turnkey certification system, the GRA has made it easy for thousands of restaurants to profit and become more environmentally sustainable.  As the industry standard for Greening restaurants, the GRA has the world’s largest database of environmental solutions for the foodservice industry. In 2009, the New York State Restaurant Association announced its official endorsement of the GRA, joining EPA Energy Star for Small Business, and several other national environmental groups. The GRA has been featured on CNN, NBC Nightly News, NPR, and in The New York Times and The Washington Post.

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