What We Do

NBF Supports Biodiesel Technical Training

NBF provided funding to the Marc-IV to support Biodiesel Training to Diesel Technician.  The one-day course is National Biodiesel Board-ASE accredited. With this education, diesel mechanics are able to better advice customers and other technicians about the true impacts of using biodiesel blends, as well as its beneficial impact on global warming and reduced dependence on foreign oil.  This training provides the technical background so biodiesel is encouraged by mechanics, rather than discouraged—as was experienced in the early days of the ethanol industry.

NBF Co-Sponsored Greater Washington Region Clean Cities (GWRCCC) Biodiesel Workshop
This workshop was designed to provide fleet managers with current state-of-the-art tools and information that enabled participants to manage more efficiently.  The event included responding to questions on biodiesel technical issues and fueling locations and updates on the Renewable Fuels Standard.

Through grant funding from the National Biodiesel Foundation, GWRCCC has been able to meet with location District of Columbia fleet managers, the Smithsonian Institute and Government Services Administration (GSA) to discuss biodiesel.  In addition, they participated and presented at the Washington Auto Show and other local fleet events.  At these meetings, GWRCCC demonstrated the value of utilizing biodiesel. The GWRCCC has been effective in helping a number of area fleets develop a plan to utilize biodiesel. For the complete report, click here

Annual Biofuels Science and Sustainability Tour
NBF supported the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) so they could host the 7th Annual Biofuels: Science and Sustainability Tour. The event brought decision makers to Iowa for a firsthand look at the Iowa renewable fuels industry and agricultural community in action. This year’s tour took a record amount of participants on an engaging biofuels journey, visiting an ethanol plant, biodiesel production facility, a cellulosic ethanol facility, a family farm, and so much more!

With debate and deliberation on the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) at fever pitch, and Iowa’s first in the nation status in regards to renewable fuels production, the tour allowed policy makers to discuss important issues facing the renewable fuels industry, including the RFS, tax policy, the Farm Bill, the Biofuels Infrastructure Partnership, and more.

Next Generation Scientist Scholarships
In honor of his commitment to mentoring young minds, NBF created a memorial fund to help perpetuate Dallas Hank’s vision and legacy. The Next Generation Scientists Dallas Hanks Memorial Fund supports initiatives and innovations the next generation can imagine.  In 2015, the fund provided travel scholarships for  students to attend the National Biodiesel Conference and Expo. To be eligible for this scholarship, join Next Generation Scientists for Biodiesel.

NBF Funds California’s Air Resources Board (CARB )
NBF provided funding to support a research study that proved biodiesel to be one of  the most efficient ways to cut carbon. Click here.  

Sustainability Workshop – ILUC at Monsanto
In 2014, NBF, with support from Monsanto, held the first Sustainability Indirect Land Use Change (ILUC) Workshop. The workshop brought together universities, industry members and scientists to discuss and prioritize ILUC projects to integrate better data and scientific understanding of the land use change impacts of biofuels, both ethanol and biodiesel.  By better quantifying the production capacity for corn, soybeans and other commodity crops on available land, future research project will show that the biofuels industries can grow in volume production without negative environmental consequences.   

The NBF started in 1995 and funds infrastructure, education, and sustainability research.  Its number one priority is sustainability.  As a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization, the Foundation is uniquely suited to support work in indirect land use change (ILUC).  See agenda.