Biodiesel in Our Buses

2 Dec
Mark Strazzer and Mary Beth Herman the YWCA with Rick Perkins of Biltmore Oil/Eblen Short Stop Stores

Mark Strazzer and Mary Beth Herman from the YWCA and Rick Perkins from Biltmore Oil/Eblen Short Stop Stores

Today representatives from the YWCA attended the grand opening of a new biodiesel pump at the Eblen Short Stop Store on Amboy Road. As part of our commitment to environmental sustainability, the YWCA will be using biodiesel from this pump in the 4 buses we use to transport children in our programs.

The New Pump

The New Pump

Here is an excerpt from the press release about the grand opening of the new pump: “Blue Ridge Biofuels and Biltmore Oil/Eblen Short Stop Stores are proud to partner with Progress Energy in increasing the availability of alternative fuels in Western North Carolina. This station is funded in part by Progress Energy, the US Department of Energy Southeast Ethanol and Biodiesel Infrastructure Corridor Project, the NC Division of Air Quality Mobile Source Emissions Reduction Project, and the Biofuels Center of North Carolina.”

Martha Thompson of Progress Energy, Susan Fisher and YWCA Executive Director Holly Jones

Martha Thompson of Progress Energy, Susan Fisher and YWCA Executive Director Holly Jones

“Biodiesel is a clean-burning renewable alternative to petroleum diesel fuel. It can be used in any diesel engine, including on road vehicles, off road equipment, and #2 home heating oil furnaces. No modifications are necessary to use biodiesel, which is often sold blended with petroleum diesel. Biodiesel is better for the environment because it has lower green house gas emissions than coventional petroleum diesel. It also provides superior mechanical benefits for most applications due to its higher lubricity and deposit solvent properties when compared to petroleum based diesel.”
(From the Blue Ridge Biofuels website.) 

It was a nice event despite the rain and we are glad to show our support for alternative fuels.

3 Responses to “Biodiesel in Our Buses”

  1. Scott Barnwell December 3, 2009 at 1:35 am #

    It was great to have the YWCA at the opening of the new biodiesel pump on Amboy Road (particularly given the rain and cold weather). We at Blue Ridge Biofuels really appreciate the YWCA’s commitment to using locally produced biodiesel.

  2. YWCA of Asheville December 7, 2009 at 11:26 pm #

    We appreciate Blue Ridge Biofuels!

  3. Douglas Blackwell January 6, 2010 at 10:38 am #

    Quality Information Thanks!

    I have bookmarked your site, if you get a chance please take a look at our site http://www.bio-partners.co.uk there is some more information you may find useful in our members area!

    Warm Regards,

    Dougie

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