City College of San Francisco awarded $200,000
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a $200,000 grant award to City College of San Francisco to fund improved access to biodiesel for public and private diesel powered fleets.
The grant funds will be used to bring together a consortium of bio-diesel advocates to help develop distribution and fueling infrastructure and provide classroom training to fuel distributors, mechanics and users.
Ultimately, the project will transform biodiesel from a “boutique” fuel into a mainstream fuel option, making it readily available throughout the Bay Area, and eventually, throughout the West Coast.
This project, part of the larger, West Coast Collaborative, brings in Bay Area biodiesel experts and projects, including: Community Fuels, Peoples’ Fuel, BioSolar, and CytoCulture International, Inc.
The team also includes the City’s environmental justice program, which focuses on the air pollution and energy concerns in Bayview-Hunters Point. City College will establish two distribution services and use biodiesel blends on eight Bay Area fleets.
Additionally, City College will share the biodiesel training curriculum with other Alternative Transportation Technology Institutes, state-wide. Though not a distributor, City College uses waste oil to produce and test biodiesel.
The EPA launched a website dedicated to showcasing various entities committed to biodiesel use and to inform the public about the benefits of biodiesel, particularly waste-oil derived biodiesel.
For more information on biodiesel throughout the Pacific Southwest, visit www.epa.gov/region9/biodiesel.