Greetings from Blue Ridge Biofuels!
This summer has been hot and we have been rocking it out as your local community fuel provider. The Food to Fuel to the Fuel Tank (F3) project received funding from the Biofuels Center of North Carolina and we’re excited to begin this agricultural commodity project with our amazing partners. Stay tuned for updates!
We successfully wrapped up the first year of the Cooking Oil Recycling Program and had a great party to thank all our community partners. Success is sweet (and kinda greasy).
We have two wonderful and enthusiastic interns who started with us in July: Pat Keller in Production and Marielle Angel in Public Relations. We also hired a delightful new restaurant client representative, MJ Chen.
The biodiesel station in Sylva has finally reopened after a long rebuilding process and biodiesel is flowing there once again! We are also repairing the pump in Black Mountain – parts are on order and it should be fixed soon.
We’ve been working hard on getting new restaurant clients and expanding our relationships. We have new bulk customers and we are taking applications for two positions at our company.
So to all our friends in the Carolinas, old and new: we salute you! We wouldn’t be here without you.
– Melita and Woody
BRB Voted 3rd Best Biodiesel Distribution & Marketing Partner in the US
What makes a great partner? According to the readers of Biofuels Digest it includes validation – partners that can add credibility (via their brands) to a business’s efforts. The readers of Biofuels Digest voted Blue Ridge Biofuels as the third Hottest Partner in Bioenergy and Bio-Based Materials in the US.
Biodiesel Pumps Reopen In Sylva
We are proud to announce that the Catamount Pump & Go in Sylva, NC is now offering biodiesel for use in vehicles. Catamount Pump & Go is located at 21 Steeple Road in Sylva, adjacent to Highway 23/74. Catamount Pump & Go re-opened the former Aztex BP station which experienced a fire that closed the station in mid-2011, and it is the only public fueling station with biodiesel in Jackson County, NC.
Dr. David Dorondo, a Professor at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, has been waiting patiently for the station to reopen. He runs his 1983 Mercedes Benz 300SD Turbo on biodiesel. “My car loves that stuff and runs a lot better on biodiesel than on regular diesel fuel. My car runs much more smoothly and the fuel smells better – kind of like French fries.”
Catamount Pump and Go offers a high-blend of biodiesel (B99 in summer, B50 in winter) for on-road vehicles as well as B20 on road year round. The biodiesel pump is located next to a petroleum diesel pump allowing customers to create any custom blend directly in their vehicle’s fuel tank.
As you may have heard, the F3 Project – from the Field to the Fryer to the Fuel Tank – has received funding from the Biofuels Center of NC! The grant funds will enable Blue Ridge Biofuels, supported by AdvantageWest and Blue Ridge Food Ventures, to test and analyze the potential market for locally-grown cooking oil in Western North Carolina.
Besides the grant recipients, there are a lot of partners involved in making this project a success. Deeply committed to sustainability, The Biltmore Estate will be growing test plots of canola for consumption in their restaurants. Appalachian State will be helping with seed-crushing and logistics. The list goes on and on.
We will be posting updates on the F3 project on Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project’s FromHere.org website. Check out this recent article in the Asheville Citizen Times and stay tuned for future developments.
Cooking Oil Recycling Program Update
The Cooking Oil Recycling (COR) Program has proven to be a tremendous success over the course of the past year. Although the pilot project officially ended June 30th, the COR Program will continue indefinitely as a service of Blue Ridge Biofuels – we now have 44 public bins placed across Western North Carolina and plan on placing more bins within the next year. If you have an idea for a location. Visit our website for more information: www.CookingOilRecycling.org.
The COR Program would have never been possible without our community’s support! To thank all of our community partners for their support (especially the Metropolitan Sewerage District and Green Opportunities), Blue Ridge Biofuels hosted a COR Program Finale Event on June 25th in the Flood Gallery. Everyone enjoyed the tacos from Mamacitas, the beer from Holy City Brewing, as well as live performances from Clan Destiny Circus and The Slow Jam Berry Pickers!
The COR Program Finale also hosted the Big Green Bus from Dartmouth College, a group of thirteen students traveling the nation in a coach bus converted to run on waste vegetable oil. The bus also had solar-powered appliances and recycling and composting facilities! The students gave tours of this amazing bus all throughout the evening.
Thank you Buncombe County and WNC once again for all of your support in making the Cooking Oil Recycling Program a huge success!
Welcome to Our New Restaurant Clients
Please patronize these local establishments and thank them for supporting the local fuel economy in the Carolinas!
We also recently partnered with EIGHT Buncombe County Schools to collect their used cooking oil and turn it into clean-burning biodiesel. Thank you Buncombe County Schools!
Restaurant Client Spotlight – Doc Chey’s Noodle House
Doc Chey’s Noodle House has been a client of our oil collection service for several years. We thank them for choosing our services and for helping to create local energy and of course for providing our community with delicious, quality food. Their approach to food is simple – Prepare it fresh; make it from scratch; and only use the freshest, finest ingredients. We love their noodle bowls and stir-fries, prepared from a variety of fresh and local meats and veggies, then topped with made-from-scratch sauces.
Refer a Friend Bonus
One of our biodiesel customers recently contacted Alisha Goodman, our Client Services Coordinator, wanting to help a neighboring restaurant get signed up with our used cooking oil collection services. We want to reward this kind of enthusiasm and contribution to our local sustainability efforts. Blue Ridge Biofuels is now offering a $50 referral bonus for anyone who helps us sign up a new restaurant client with our oil collections service. We will provide the restaurant with a bin and professional services that support clean energy in WNC and give youa gift card as a big thank you all for helping us grow! Just give us a call at 828-253-1034 x3 or contact Alisha.
Mountain Area Restaurant Vendors
Blue Ridge Biofuels is now a proud member of the Mountain Area Restaurant Vendors. Each member is dedicated to providing restaurants in Western North Carolina with the quality services they need to thrive. This group exemplifies our area’s commitment to community support. Please consider our partners for your professional service needs.
Green Restaurant Certification Now Requires Recycling with Biofuels Producers in Asheville
Restaurants in Asheville, NC are now required to recycle used cooking oil through a biofuels producer in order to receive Green Restaurant Association (GRA) certification. Prior to the decision, restaurants in Asheville receiving certification were permitted to use any service provider, the majority of which are based outside of NC. These service providers take the valuable resource of used cooking oil away from the local economy and from biofuels production, thus adding to a restaurant’s carbon footprint instead of improving it. The requirement that restaurants seeking Green Restaurant Certification must now use a biofuels producer as their oil collection service provider ensures that the restaurants are fulfilling their mission to be truly sustainable establishments. You can read the full press release on our website.
Sundance Power Systems – Partner in Sustainability
Dedicated to facilitating the transition to clean energy, Sundance Power Systems has installed hundreds of renewable energy systems throughout the region since 1995. Founded upon a strong mission to offer solutions that reduce the environmental impacts of our society’s energy use, Sundance empowers people with the knowledge and technology to utilize the sun’s free and clean energy, as well as that from small wind and micro-hydro systems. A local company committed to the community and the regional economy, Sundance is proud to be a Living Wage Certified employer. For more information, contact Erika Schneider at 828.645.2080 or visit www.sundancepower.com.
Blue Ridge Biofuels is Hiring!
We are continuing to grow and we are seeking a Fleet Manager/Truck Driver for our expanding posse of trucks. You can view the full job description on our website. We are also taking applications for a truck driver – you must have had a CDL for at least two years. Call, email, or come by for an application.
Join BRB at These Upcoming Events
Clean Energy in the Mountains: Bluegrass, Brews and the Latest News hosted by NC Sustainable Energy Association
Thurs., September 6th
Pisgah Brewing Company – 150 Eastside Dr. Black Mountain, NC
Southern Green Living Expo
Fri. – Sun. September 14th-16th
US Cellular Center in Downtown Asheville
Visit our booth or join us at our Saturday Seminar “Community Powered
As always, thank you for supporting locally-made energy. We wouldn’t be here without you.
Love and biodiesel,
Blue Ridge Biofuels