Archive for the ‘Sustainable BIodiesel Alliance’ Category

Willie Nelson will be honored, and perform to support the SBA and Amazon in San Francisco (7/22/2011)

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

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On July 22nd the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance is teaming up with the Amazon Watch for a ‘first of it’s kind’ fundraiser event at the beautiful Bently Reserve building in Downtown San Francisco to raise money for the work of both groups. This amazing evening will include musical performances by American Icon Willie Nelson, Sara Wasserman and an All-Star cast of muciscians, and a locally sourced dinner and cocktails. The evening’s program will also include a very special charity auction and an awards presentation to 2011 SBA Visionary Award Winner Willie Nelson.

An exclusive meet and greet cocktail hour with the performers and members of the organizations is available for VIP ticket holders at 7pm, with the program to begin at 8pm.

In the past biofuels, including biodiesel have been connected to deforestation and rain forest endangerment through massive scale palm oil and soy production. This event will help educate the public on how supporting local, sustainable biodiesel production and using local renewable resources instead of feedstocks like international soy and palm can protect our planet’s precious rain forests.

Both organizations are very excited about the educational potential for this event as it will mark the first time ever a rain forest protection group and a biofuels organization have worked together for a common cause.

The SBA and the Amazon Watch are confident that this event will:

  • Draw national exposure from both entertainment and environmental media outlets
  • Raise local and national awareness on the benefits of local, sustainable biodiesel
  • Help illustrate a positive connection between community-based renewable energy and rainforest-ecosystem protection.
  • Be attended by celebrity (Film, Music, TV, Sports) environmentalist and social activist supporters of the SBA and the Amazon Watch.
  • Raise crucial funds for the important work of the Amazon Watch and SBA.

This important event will not only showcase the community and global benefits of community-based sustainable biodiesel, but more importantly will give supporters of both causes a chance to discuss the important issues and enjoy and amazing evening of music, awareness and giving.

2011 Visionary Award Presentation – Willie Nelson

Every year the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance honors an individual or an organization for championing the cause of the environment, and for challenging the status quo in order to bring about real change. This year the SBA honors Music Legend Willie Nelson for his continued support of environmental and social causes through his work, his music and his life. The Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance and Amazon Watch are honored to have Willie Nelson as our guest of honor at the upcoming event. The organizations will present him with the award during the evenings festivities.

The Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance has been dedicated to supporting sustainable, community-based biodiesel programs since 2006 and works closely with artists like Willie Nelson, Jack Johnson and Guster, educating fans and sourcing locally produced biodiesel and blends for tours, festivals and large scale fleets. The organization is also focused on creating transparency for the consumer through the development of a certification system for local, sustainable biodiesel in the United States. I encourage you to learn more about the SBA and our work by contacting me directly or visiting www.fuelresponsibly.org

Amazon Watch partners with indigenous and environmental organizations campaigning for human rights, corporate accountability and the preservation of the Amazon’s fragile and priceless ecological systems. Amazon Watch is a known leader in protecting the rainforest and advancing the rights of indigenous peoples in the Amazon Basin. To learn more about the great work of Amazon Watch check out their website at www.amazonwatch.org

This amazing evening will be held at the elegant Bently Reserve in Downtown San Francisco on July 22nd, 2011. For directions or more information on the Bently Reserve go HERE. 

Willie Nelson will be honored with Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance Visionary Award (7/22/2011)

Saturday, July 16th, 2011

Willie Nelson will be honored and presented with the 2011 Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance Visionary Award on Friday, July 22, 2011, at the first ever joint fundraiser with Amazon Watch and Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance at the Bentley Reserve in San Francisco.   Past honorees have included Jack Johnson, and the non-profit Reverb.  The Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance and Amazon Watch work to raise awareness about biodiesel and it’s benefits.

“Coming together with Amazon Watch is an important partnership to educate folks on the benefit of non-commodity fuel that we can produce from our own community resources,” Jeff Plowman, Executive Director of the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance, said in a statement.

The fundraiser will include a musical performance by Sara Wasserman and friends, a charity auction, and a locally grown dinner. For this show, Wasserman’s “friends” will include Dan Hicks, Narada Michael Walden, Tommy Castro and RatDog bassist Robin Sylvester, among others. Sylvester replaced Sara Wasserman’s father in RatDog but the two bassists have performed together at a few recent Bob Weir events.

For tickets:
http://sustainablebiodieselalliance.com/dev/sf2011.shtml

Willie Nelson special guest at Sustainable Biodiesal Alliance and Amazon Watch benefit, in San Francisco (7/22/2011)

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

Willie Nelson will be a special guest at this charity event, featuring Dan Hicks, Tommy Castro, Randy Emata,   Aaron Neville, Robin Sylvester, Narada Michael Walden,  Jaz Sawyer, and more.  For more information, and tickets:   www.Fuelresponsibly.org.

Willie Nelson’s buses fueled up with Boulder’s recycOil biodiesel

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

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BOULDER, CO, Jun 22, 2011  — RecycOil LLC, a Colorado clean energy company, and the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance (SBA) teamed up to fuel country music superstar Willie Nelson’s Country Throwdown as it made a stop at Red Rocks Amphitheater.

Nelson’s crew fueled up with the recycOil biodiesel the morning of the Red Rocks show, which featured eight top country acts and six emerging singer/songwriters.

“It is a terrific honor to fuel up Willie Nelson’s tour as he is an artist that has fueled up country music fans across the USA,” said Aaron W. Perry, CEO of recycOil. “His support of farmers and the biodiesel industry are testament to his commitment to rural communities and the production of sustainable, American-made biofuels.”

Willie Nelson continues to practice what he preaches about the clean, domestic, job creating advantages of biodiesel as he fuels his tour vehicles with the environmentally friendly fuel.

“One of our goals as an organization is to connect biodiesel users like Willie Nelson and the Throwdown tour with local biodiesel providers,” said Tanner Watt, Associate Director of the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance. “It’s about educating consumers and giving them options, so they can make purchasing decisions that benefit their communities and the environment.”

In 2010, the SBA introduced its Sustainability Report Card during national summer music tours. Over 90,000 gallons of fuel were tracked, evaluated and scored and over 600,000 concert goers had the chance to learn a little about locally produced, sustainable biodiesel.

The SBA will be taking its Sustainability Report Card on the road again with The Willie Nelson Country Throwdown Festival, as well as Sheryl Crow’s 100 Miles From Memphis tour and the 2011 PHISH Summer tour experience. These artists will use SBA tools to help source and evaluate biodiesel and biodiesel blends on their national tours in order to purchase and use the most sustainably produced fuel available in every market they visit.

About The Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance

The Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance was founded in December 2006 by biodiesel pioneer Kelly King, activist Annie Nelson and film maker Daryl Hannah. Since then, the SBA has grown to include family farmers and farm organizations such as Farm Aid, the Institute for Agriculture Trade and Policy (IATP), members of the 25 x 25 coalition, environmental organizations including the EPA and NREL, renewable energy experts and NGOs and university programs across the country.

About recycOil, LLC

Boulder-based recycOil, LLC recycles waste cooking oil from more than 1,600 restaurants, businesses and sporting and cultural venues in Colorado and Southern Wyoming, including Red Rocks Amphitheater, the University of Colorado-Boulder, INVESCO at Mile High, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Taco Bell and hundreds of independent restaurants. The company supplies some of the nation’s best biodiesel producers with high-quality recycled cooking oil and partners with fuel distributors to provide a competitively-priced, high-performance biofuel to Colorado consumers. For more information, visit www.recycoil.com.

Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance and Amazon Watch host fundraiser with performance by Sara Wasserman (San Francisco 7/22/2011)

Saturday, June 18th, 2011

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SF Event

On July 22nd the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance is teaming up with the Amazon Watch for a ‘first of it’s kind’ fundraiser event at the beautiful Bently Reserve building in Downtown San Francisco to raise money for the work of both groups. In the past biofuels, including biodiesel have been connected to deforestation and rain forest endangerment through massive scale palm oil and soy production. This event will help educate the public on how supporting local, sustainable biodiesel production and using local renewable resources instead of feedstocks like international soy and palm can protect our planet’s precious rain forests.  Both organizations are very excited about the educational potential for this event as it will mark the first time ever a rain forest protection group and a biofuels organization have worked together for a common cause.

The SBA and the Amazon Watch are confident that this event will:

  • Draw national exposure from both entertainment and environmental media outlets
  • Raise local and national awareness on the benefits of local, sustainable biodiesel
  • Help illustrate a positive connection between community-based renewable energy and rainforest-ecosystem protection.
  • Be attended by celebrity (Film, Music, TV, Sports) environmentalist and social activist supporters of the SBA and the Amazon Watch.
  • Raise crucial funds for the important work of the Amazon Watch and SBA.

The Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance has been dedicated to supporting sustainable, community-based biodiesel programs since 2006 and works closely with artists like Willie Nelson, Jack Johnson and Guster, educating fans and sourcing locally produced biodiesel and blends for tours, festivals and large scale fleets. The organization is also focused on creating transparency for the consumer through the development of a certification system for local, sustainable biodiesel in the United States. I encourage you to learn more about the SBA and our work by contacting me directly or visiting www.fuelresponsibly.org

Amazon Watch partners with indigenous and environmental organizations campaigning for human rights, corporate accountability and the preservation of the Amazon’s fragile and priceless ecological systems. Amazon Watch is a known leader in protecting the rainforest and advancing the rights of indigenous peoples in the Amazon Basin. To learn more about the great work of Amazon Watch check out their website at www.amazonwatch.org

This amazing evening will be held at the elegant Bently Reserve in Downtown San Francisco on July 22nd, 2011. For directions or more information on the Bently Reserve visit HERE.

Annie Nelson speaks out for sustainable biodiesel fuel at Farm Aid 2010

Sunday, October 17th, 2010

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Annie Nelson made a strong appeal for the support of biodiesel fuels, as a way to help America and the family farmers at the Press Conference, before the Farm Aid 26 concert in Milwaukee on October 2, 2010. 

She joined arm Aid Board Members, farmers, advocates, Wisconsin Senator Feinstein, and others, onstage, and talked about the importance of community-scale biodiesel production.   Annie talked not only about  the environmental benefits of sustainablie biodiesel fuels, but also the crucial local economic benefits of such systems for farmers and Americans everywhere. 

Annie Nelson is a founding boardmember of the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance, and you can learn more at:
www.SustainableBiodieselAlliance.com

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The Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance  Mobile were at Farm Aid, and featured a seed press for the live oil extraction demonstrations and examples of biodiesel feedstocks and co-products.

From www.SustainableBiodieselAlliance.com:

The Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance (SBA) was founded in December 2006 by biodiesel pioneer Kelly King, activist Annie Nelson and film maker Daryl Hannah.   Since then, the SBA has grown to include family farmers and farm organizations such as Farm Aid, the Institute for Agriculture Trade and Policy (IATP), members of the 25 x 25 coalition, environmental organizations including the EPA and NREL, renewable energy experts and NGO’s and university programs across the country. The SBA addresses issues concerning the sustainability of the U.S. biodiesel Industry through three initiatives. The primary mission of the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance is the completion of an independent sustainability certification system for U.S. Biodiesel Feedstock, Production, Distribution and end use fuel.

SBA programs also focus on educating the public on the values of community-based biodiesel systems and how local, sustainable biodiesel can help the U.S. move towards energy, economic and environmental security.

Third, the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance provides tools for sustainability to biodiesel consumers and the biodiesel industry through our website and membership. By working with biodiesel consumers and the biodiesel industry, and promoting the value of sustainable community-based systems,the SBA is bringing people together to build a sustainable energy future that benefits all sectors of society.

Willie Nelson & Woody Harrelson help raise funds for Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance (9/26/10)

Sunday, October 17th, 2010

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“The Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance is proud to thank all of our spectators and players from the first annual Willie and Woody’s All-Star Texas Hold’em Tournament. Thanks to their generosity and the generosity of our sponsors the SBA was able to raise important funds for the continued work of the organization.”

(Gardena, CA) — “I might be a loser, but I’m a WINNER…we’re all winners!” exclaimed David Arquette at the first annual charity poker tournament to benefit the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance.  Players from around the country converged on the Hustler Casino Los Angeles for Willie and Woody’s All Star Texas Hold’em Tournament.

Celebrities including Larry Flynt, Hank Azaria, Peter Farrelly, Mila Kunis, Anne Heche and David Arquette joined tournament headliners Willie Nelson and Woody Harrelson for an evening of fun at the Hustler Casino Los Angeles on September 26th, 2010.

The evening’s tournament and silent auction helped raise over $40,000 to support the work of the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance, a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to promoting community-based sustainable biodiesel in the United States. “Because of America’s reliance on imported oil, we simply have no adequate policy for the conservation, production or distribution of fuel and other petroleum products.  As a businessman and close friend of Harrelson and Nelson, I was happy to support their important work towards a more effective energy policy. The evening was a great success and Hustler was proud to take part.”  said Larry Flynt.

The tournament wound up at 3am Tuesday morning and when the dust cleared after 7 hours of play, Kelly King of Pacific Biodiesel won first place in the field of 59 players.  Terry Robert Doering, Jeff Scott, James “Butch” Worley and Rob Walker rounded out the top five places in the tournament.

Play Poker with Willie Nelson and Woody Harrelson tonight in LA (for a good cause)

Monday, September 27th, 2010

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www.hustlercasinola.com

Willie Nelson and Woody Harrelson are hosting Willie & Woody’s All Star Texas Hold’em Charity Tournament on September 27 at The Hustler Casino in Los Angeles.  They will be joined by celebrity friends, and other players, for the special no-limit hold’em event, featuring a $500 buy-in, with $200 re-buys and $100 for spectator seats.

Proceeds will go to the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance, a nonprofit organization that educates the public on the value of biodiesel in sustaining social, environmental, and economic health.

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Willie’s birthday party at Luck, Texas.

Willie Nelson & Woody Harrelson’s All Star Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament in LA to benefit Sustainable Biodiesal Alliance (9/27/10)

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

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www.hustlercasinola.com

Please join us for this once-in-a-lifetime experience. Try your luck with two American originals and a host of their celebrity friends. Space is limited to 200 players and 50 spectators in this no-limit Texas Hold ’Em tournament with proceeds to benefit the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance.

In the United States, we consume over 868 million gallons of petroleum EVERY DAY. Community-based, sustainable biodiesel is one solution to reducing this staggering statistic. The Sustainable Biodiesel Allianceis a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the public on the value of community-based biodiesel and quantifying the attributes of environmental and social sustainability.

Join us for drinks at 6pm followed by a buffet at 7pm and 8pm the tournament and silent auction.

www.sustainablebiodieselalliance.com

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Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance seeks reinstatement of Federal Biodiesel Producers Tax Credit

Monday, July 12th, 2010

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by Andrea Fox

Jack Johnson kicked off his To The Sea Tour July 9th at the Hartford, Conn. Comcast Center with biodiesel sourced from local processor BioPur and delivered by Hale Hill for his tour fleet of 12 tractor trailers and busses.

It’s enough fuel to get him through his stop in Mansfield, Mass. and points along the way to New York this week when he’ll refuel. At a cost of $3.30 per gallon with delivery, Johnson eliminates sulfur emissions and cuts the tour’s ozone forming potential in half.

While biodiesel has been challenged over the past year from campaigns like “Food Before Fuel,” according to Tanner Watt, assistant director of the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance (SBA), the crop land question doesn’t make sense. Biodiesel is made from waste cooking oil and co-product, such as leftover oil from soy processing, not corn or palm products, he said. The power of the Grocery Manufacturers’ Association-funded campaign is causing enough media confusion that the biodiesel industry and local businesses “get taken out of the game before we have a chance,” he said.

The SBA team talked with concert goers about the manufacture of biodiesel and many wrote personal handwritten letters to Senator Dodd asking for his support to reinstate the Federal Biodiesel Producers Tax Credit. Industry claims lack of the tax credit is quickly reversing success of the budding domestic fuel industry-which offers a fuel alternative with fewer emissions of many toxins, greenhouse gasses, and other pollutants.

While the public tries to make sense of it all, SBA members continue to serve clients like Phish, Willie Nelson, Woody Harrelson, Jack Johnson and others that have committed to lowering their organizations and personal carbon emissions in part through biodiesel.

When Johnson stopped by the SBA/BioPur booth to greet his guests before the gates opened to the public in Hartford, he casually summed up the biodiesel and biofuel sourcing debate in his very natural way.

“It’s all a long conversation,” he said to the dedicated team.

Johnson’s To the Sea Tour stops at the PNC Bank Arts Center tomorrow in Holmdel, New Jersey and plays Madison Square Garden on Wednesday, July 14th. To learn more about biodeisel, see the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance online or on Facebook.