Disneyland, Ford Among Biodiesel Award Honorees

In March 2007, the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, CA, was faced with a harsh reality that the 56-year-old diesel-powered steam trains would not meet ever-tightening California environmental regulations. So the staff at the resort began to transition the trains to a blend of 98 percent biodiesel and two percent petroleum diesel. Now, most of the biodiesel used is made from recycled cooking oil from the resort’s own kitchens, and accounts for nearly 75 percent of the park’s diesel consumption, displacing 200,000 gallons a year of petroleum diesel.

It was this move that earned the Disneyland Resort a National Biodiesel Board (NBB) “Eye on Biodiesel” award for innovation. Other biodiesel champions recognized by NBB at its annual conference in early February include:

• Impact – Ford Motor Company recently designed, engineered, and manufactured its entire lineup of Ford F-Series Super Duty trucks with the specific goal of supporting the use of 20 percent biodiesel blends (B20) beginning in 2011 and beyond. Ford’s investment into the research, development, and testing that led to that support is now signified by a silver B20 emblem displayed on the side of every new Ford Super Duty diesel truck.

• Inspiration – Deer Valley Unified School District in Arizona began its biodiesel program in 1999, and now uses biodiesel blends from five percent to 50 percent in all 236 school buses. Transportation director Nick Portonova routinely takes calls from across the nation, helping answer questions from other fleets.

• Influence – City of New York, New York City Department of Sanitation, and New York City Department of Parks and Recreation have all been instrumental in the increased use of biodiesel. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed landmark air quality legislation that includes a provision requiring all heating oil sold within New York City to contain at least two percent biodiesel by October 1, 2012, which will annually replace approximately 20 million gallons of petroleum-based heating fuel. The New York City Department of Sanitation uses biodiesel blends of five percent to B20 in its 4,000 diesel vehicles. The New York City Department of Parks and Recreation has operated its diverse fleet of vehicles as well as more than 130 buildings on a range of B20 to 100 percent biodiesel since 2006. Because of these two departments’ commitment, New York City is the country’s largest municipal user of biodiesel.

• Industry Partnership – The Nebraska Soybean Board has been a leader among state soybean organizations in its support of biodiesel. Staff and farmer leaders regularly support and participate in biodiesel projects and events.

• Initiative – NBB grassroots team captains have, since July 2009, rallied contacts in key states to support a positive legislative framework for biodiesel. In just six weeks, the team captains generated 8,000 comments on pending federal legislation. Their volunteer efforts have also led to media placements, successful site visits, and thousands of calls and letters to elected leaders.

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