The Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance

On September 10th at the Time’s Square Hard Rock Cafe, Willie Nelson and Family and Friends put on a concert to benefit the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance, as part of the Cafe’s Ambassador’s of Rock concert series.  The concert raised $115,000 to support the cause.  For more information on the Hard Rock Cafe’s Ambassador’s of Rock concert series visit

Willie Nelson never talks about biodiesel fuel without first crediting wife Annie for first telling him about the Volkswagon she wanted to buy that would run on vegetable oil.  He ended up buying a Mercedes and ran it on the biodiesel, and he hasn’t stopped promoting it since, as he and Annie continue to spread the word about farmers growing crops that will fuel our nation.  

Annie Nelson took the campaign further last year when she founded the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance (SBA), with biodiesel advocates Daryl Hanna and Kelly King, and other members of the sustainable biodiesel community.  Now, their web site tells that the Alliance has grown to include family farmers and farm organizations such as Farm Aid, the Institute for Agriculture Trade and Policy, members of the 25 x 25 coalition, environmental organizations, renewable energy experts and a wide array of groups.  

“To create a better world through sustainable, community-based biodiesel”

The Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance (SBA) is a non-profit organization created to promote sustainable biodiesel practices, including the harvesting, production and distribution of biodiesel fuels.  The ultimate goal is to create best practice standards for verifying that all points in the production and distribution chain are in compliance with the SBA’s certification standards. 

To learn more about SBA, or to make a tax-deductible donation, visit their website

The Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance focuses on educating the public about how sustainable biodiesel can help the U.S. move towards a sustainable energy future. In addition, the SBA is facilitating a multi-stakeholder dialogue involving family farmers, environmental groups, biofuels experts, urban communities and others in order to create a seal that will certify sustainably produced biodiesel.

By working with the farmer who grows the feedstock, the producers who process biodiesel and communities seeking cleaner air, green jobs and energy security, SBA is bringing people together to build a sustainable energy future that benefits all sectors of society.

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