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Biodiesel Industry Honors Champions The biodiesel industry saw record market growth last year and the NaƟonal Biodiesel Board (NBB) “Eye on Biodiesel” awards for 2017 highlight champions who have had major impacts on the use of biodiesel. All were honored in mid-January during the NaƟonal Biodiesel Conference and Expo in San Diego, California. Climate Leader Award – Costa ConstanƟnides, New York City Council member New York City has been a leader on biodiesel and clean air issues, taking a giant leap forward in 2016. In September, the New York City Council overwhelmingly passed a bill introduced by ConstanƟnides creaƟng a fuel standard for heaƟng oil that includes increasing amounts of biodiesel over Ɵme. The measure grows the amount of biodiesel in heaƟng oil in the city from the current 2 percent to 5 percent on October 1, 2017. The blend then moves to 10 percent in 2025, 15 percent in 2030, and 20 percent in 2034. Costa Constantinides shares his passion and work toward using biodiesel to help improve New York City’s air quality after receiving his NBB award. ConstanƟnides has long been a champion of improving air quality in the city and recognizes policies that reduce the fossil fuel content of heaƟng oil and increase the use of cleanerburning, renewable energy that pay dividends from a health perspecƟve. He represents the New York City Council’s 22nd District and serves as the chair of the council’s Environmental ProtecƟon CommiƩee. It is esƟmated that the increase from a 2 percent biodiesel blend to a 5 percent blend in the city would reduce the emissions equivalent to taking 45,000 cars off the road with the increase to 20 percent the equivalent of removing more than a quarter of a million cars. National Energy Leadership Award – Iowa Governor Terry Branstad The state of Iowa is the number one biodiesel producing state in the country with 13 plants thanks in large part to strong leadership within the state. In 2016, Branstad rallied support for and signed legislaƟon that extended the Biodiesel ProducƟon Credit through 2024, extended and expanded the Biodiesel PromoƟon Retail Tax Credit also through 2024, and secured another year of funding for the state’s successful biodiesel and ethanol blender pump program, the Renewable Fuels Infrastructure Program.   Additionally, the governor has provided critical national leadership through his service on the Governors’ Biofuels CoaliƟon. These efforts have a major impact on the naƟonal energy landscape as more American-made, environmentally-friendly, advanced biofuels like biodiesel make their way into the marketplace. Industry Partnership Award – The Illinois Soybean AssociaƟon Checkoff Program and the American Lung AssociaƟon in Illinois for the B20 Club   Together, the two organizations have created a unique and impacƞul program in Illinois called the B20 Club. This program is focused on raising the profile of exemplary fleets that use a blend of 20 percent biodiesel, or B20, in any type of diesel engine. Members range from municipaliƟes to school buses to over-the-road trucking companies. Sharing their success stories with other fleet managers and decision makers has had a significant impact on those who have been hesitant to use B20 for reasons ranging from economics to engine warranty quesƟons. The B20 Club showcases real stories of how, when, and why members began using B20, what their experiences have been since the switch, and provides peer support for fleet managers and other decision makers who are considering B20 for their own fleets. Influence Award – Ron Flowers, Greater Washington, DC, Clean CiƟes Ronald “Ron” Flowers is the execuƟve director of the Greater Washington, DC, Region Clean CiƟes CoaliƟon, a post he has held since 2010. He has more than 45 years of service in the public and private sector and has worked closely with NBB as well as the NaƟonal Biodiesel FoundaƟon, resulƟng in the use of thousands of gallons of B20 blends. Flowers’ knowledge of fuels and fleets was instrumental in transforming the naƟon’s capital region from a community of biodiesel naysayers to biodiesel believers and in geƫng the DC government, Smithsonian InsƟtuƟon, American University, and others to switch to biodiesel. Many of these fleet staff not only converted their own fleets but became champions of biodiesel who mentor their peers to join them in using biodiesel to improve air quality and reduce American’s dependence on foreign oil. R www.rendermagazine.com Render February 2017 13


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