Welcome to the November Newsletter from Blue Ridge Biofuels.
We hope this email finds you warm and well during this time of thanksgiving. Having a local focus is definitely the right choice for this time of year – local food, local crafts, and local fuel! As your community fuel provider, we want to give thanks back to you for your support of locally-made, clean-burning biodiesel. Since 2005, we have sold over 1.27 MILLION gallons of 100% biodiesel. That has kept 11,127 tons (yes, tons!) of CO2 out of our region's atmosphere. If you could take a moment to give thanks for cleaner air in Western North Carolina, we ask that you take a few minutes to contact your elected officials and ask them to reinstate the federal biodiesel tax credit. Without any federal tax credits, competing with the heavily-subsidized petroleum industry is a gargantuan task and we need your help! See below for details.
On a yummier note: deep fried turkey, anyone? Even if you don't drive a diesel or have an oil furnace, you can still participate in the local fuel economy by recycling your used cooking oil this holiday season – any oil or fat can be processed into biodiesel. Check out the Cooking Oil Recycling website for more information and a map of all our bins in seven counties across WNC. In the last year, we've collected over 4,000 of used cooking oil from our public bins!
And of course with the chill in the air, Bioheat season is definitely upon us. As a direct replacement for #2 heating oil, Bioheat is the right choice for your heating needs. We're offering a coupon to our local customers as a big Thank You for supporting local fuel!
We give a big round of congratulations to some of our amazing restaurant clients as well as welcome some new restaurants to our services. We also have an update on recent thefts of oil we have been experiencing. It's tough times, folks, when people steal grease.
We have joined up with Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project to share postings on their FromHere.org website about the local farm-food-fuel connection. And don't forget to like us on Facebook where you can read our postings and updates on biodiesel, recycling, and local fuel issues. Come join us to learn about and celebrate all things sustainable!
Help Blue Ridge Biofuels Compete with the Petroleum Industry!
The biodiesel tax incentive expired on Dec. 31, 2011, disrupting the momentum our industry generated last year in producing a record of over 1 billion gallons of biodiesel. We believe we have an immediate but narrow window of opportunity to restore the tax incentive this year. To win this battle, we need you to make your voice heard. Retroactively reinstating the tax credit would revive the national biodiesel industry and allow Blue Ridge Biofuels to invest in improved technology, increase production, and create more jobs in our community.
Please act now! Call your representatives and let them know how you feel.
NC Senator Kay Hagan (DC office) 202-224-6342 (Asheville office) 828-257-6510
NC Senator Richard Burr (DC office) 202-224-3154 (Asheville office) 828-350-2437
NC 11th District Heath Shuler (DC office) 202-225-6401 (Asheville office) 828-252-1615
To reach another member of Congress, call the congressional switchboard 202-224-3121
Visit the National Biodiesel Board's Fueling Action Center for more information.
Don't be a Turkey — Recycle Your Cooking Oil This Holiday Season
Not that you needed another reason to love deep-fried foods, but did you know eating fried turkey on Thanksgiving can help create jobs and keep our mountain air clean? The Cooking Oil Recycling (COR) Program provides a sustainable method for residents of Asheville and greater Western North Carolina to dispose of used cooking oil this holiday season.
We have partnered with multiple businesses and organizations, including area markets and fire stations, to bring this service to our region. The more oil we collect, the more fuel we can produce, and the cleaner our air will become. Used oil kept out of the sewers and landfills also reduces public works costs.
The COR Program accepts every form of used animal and vegetable cooking oil. There are now 44 locally-made recycling bins in 6 WNC counties. The Cooking Oil Recycling Program website has a map of all the area bins along with a list of all its regional partners. Visit www.CookingOilRecycling.org to learn more.
Backed by the Biofuels Center of North Carolina, this campaign is the first of its kind in the nation. During its first year, Blue Ridge Biofuels collected over 4,000 gallons of used cooking oil recycled by residents of seven counties in WNC. The success of the program has led to other places, including New York City, to start their own recycling programs. If you have a suggestion for a bin location or have any questions, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or contact us on our Facebook Page at Facebook.com/CookingOilRecycling.
Bioheat Season is Here!
It's that time of year again to fill your tank up on Bioheat to stay cozy and warm. Bioheat can be used in any #2 oil furnace without modifications, it's the same price as regular heating oil, and it helps your furnace run better. Mention this newsletter for $5 off your next purchase of Bioheat. Visit the Bioheat page of our website for more information.
If your furnace is in need of an annual tune-up, please call your local Bioheat furnace technicians at Affordable Furnace Service at 828-254-3141. We are also working with the folks at AFS to switch eligible customers to B50 and even B100 Bioheat. If you have an underground or basement tank and want to use high blends of Bioheat, call AFS to set up a consultation today!
Kitchens are the Foundation of our Business
Did you know that Blue Ridge Biofuels collected over 70,000 gallons of used cooking oil from our restaurant clients last quarter? Thanks so much to all of our valued clients for helping us to produce over 60,000 gallons of sustainable biodiesel, which has kept 525 tons of CO2 out our region's atmosphere. This would never have been possible without the continued support of our community's restaurants, kitchens, schools, churches, and community centers. Keep on frying!
Restaurant Spotlight on Strada Italiano
Strada Italiano features truly remarkable food made by genuinely wonderful people. Using local ingredients, they create traditional recipes from all regions of Italy, including hand-tossed pizzas, savory pastas, and house-made desserts along with gluten-free and vegetarian options. Strada also offers biodynamic and organic wine selections along with a full service catering on or off site. This all comes together to make one superb Certified Green Restaurant. Check out the amazing food and wines offered at Strada and thank them for their support of local food and fuel!
Welcome New Clients to our Oil Collection Service
Please patronize these local establishments and thank them for supporting the local fuel economy in the Carolinas!
Southern Culture Kitchen — Greenville, SC
Barberitos — South Asheville
Chestnut — Downtown Asheville
Correction: Brioso Fresh Pasta, highlighted in our last newsletter, is located in Biltmore Town Square (not Biltmore Village). Thanks so much again to Brioso for their continuous support of local, sustainable energy.
$50 Referral Bonus
Blue Ridge Biofuels is now offering $50 referral bonuses for restaurants. If your restaurant currently uses our Used Cooking Oil Collection Service and you refer us a new client, we will include a $50 bonus on your next payment. Contact Alisha Goodman, our Client Services Coordinator, at 828-253-1034 x3 or Alisha@blueridgebiofuels.com.
Grease Theft Continues in the Carolinas
You may have seen us in the news lately concerning theft of our clients' used cooking oil. The losses have been costly for us, as well as our valued clients who have been long-term supporters of Blue Ridge Biofuels. If you see any suspicious activity, please contact your local authorities. We are offering rewards for any information leading to the arrest of individuals that are damaging our property and stealing from our clients. According to local authorities, some arrests have been made and other local rendering companies are now hiring private investigators.
Best of WNC
We know our clientss are the best, and after WNC voted Mountain Xpress confirmed it in their Best of WNC 2012. Congratulations to all our winning clients!
51 Grill, The Admiral & Top Chef Elliot Moss, Asheville Pizza and Brewing Company, Bier Garden & Bartender Jackson Zoeller, Biltmore Estate, Bogart's, Bonefish Grill, Bouchon, Burgermeister's, Chai Pani, Chorizo, Circle in the Square, Corner Kitchen, Cucina 24, Curate & Top Chef Katie Button, Doc Chey's Noodle House, Early Girl Eatery, Earth Fare, Green Tea Sushi, Grove Park Inn, Guadalupe Café, Gypsy Queen Cuisine, Hobnob, HomeGrown, India Garden, Iron Horse Station, Jack of the Wood, The Junction, Laughing Seed Café, Laurey's Gourmet Comfort Food, Lexington Ave Brewery, Luella's Bar-B-Que, Marco's Pizza, The Market Place & Top, Chef William Dissen, Mayfel's, Mela Indian Restaurant, Moe's Original BBQ, Nick and Nate's, Nona Mia Ritrovo, Ole's Guacamoles, Oriental Pavilion, Papa's and Beer, The Pizza Shop and Dry County Brewing Company, Plant & Top Chef Jason Sellers, Pomodoros Greek and Italian Café, Posana Café, Red Radish, Rezaz & Top Chef Rezaz Setayesh, Ruth's Chris Steakhouse, Square Root, Storm Rhum Bar, Strada, Sunny Point Café, Sweet Onion, Thai Basil, Tomato Cucina Latina, Universal Joint, Vinnie's Neighborhood Italian, Wasabi, West Asheville Lounge and Kitchen, White Duck Taco Shop, Wild Wing Café, Zambra, Zen Sushi. Whew!
Thurs., Nov. 29 National Biodiesel Board DC Fly-In
Our General Manager Woody Eaton, along with our partners from the NC Biodiesel Association, will be participating in the National Biodiesel Board's Washington, DC fly-in for a day of advocacy on Capitol Hill. We are cautiously optimistic that a tax extenders package that includes the biodiesel tax incentive could be among the items that Congress passes before year's end. Please remember to contact your elected representatives today.
Thurs., Nov. 29 Just Economics Annual Celebration
Every year Just Economics sets aside time to celebrate the work they have accomplished with their partners and to plan ahead for the coming year. Please join us for this year's celebration from 6-9pm at Jubilee with food, music, and a unique performance you won't want to miss. Free to Attend!
Just Economics of Western North Carolina (JE) is a regional, membership organization based in Asheville, NC. Their mission is to educate, advocate, and organize for a just and sustainable economy that works for all in Western North Carolina. Blue Ridge Biofuels is a Living Wage Certified employer through Just Economics.
Mon. – Thurs., Dec. 3-6 Overview of Biodiesel Training Class
Blue Ridge Biofuels staff member Kymber Owens is helping Blue Ridge Community College write their curriculum for their very first biodiesel continuing education class for local automotive technicians. This course will be held at Blue Ridge Community College in Flat Rock from 5-9pm The cost is $66 and will provide 16 continuing education hours for automotive technicians. For more information, contact Matt Reiger at email@example.com or 828-694-1686.
Fri., Dec. 7 Venture Local
Join us for the second annual Venture Local, a Blue Ridge Entrepreneurial Council Forum focused on local, sustainable and social entrepreneurship opportunities across Western North Carolina. From food to fiber, energy to technology, and beyond, the WNC region is making great strides in cultivating thriving local businesses that create quality jobs. Featuring new ways to finance companies, the latest market research on emerging supply chain opportunities, and presentations from emerging entrepreneurs in these sectors, there will also be networking opportunities as well. 8am-6:30pm at the Asheville Renaissance (8am-5pm program followed by a 5-6:30pm farm-to-table networking reception).