Posts Tagged ‘community’

Industry Spotlight: Piedmont Biofuels

As a community scale biodiesel cooperative we rely a lot on advice and support from similar businesses in the industry. Some biodiesel companies are worker owned, some are consumer owned, some are neither, some are large scale, some are small scale, all of them are paving the way for a renewable fuel. Among these companies we’ve been very impressed with Piedmont Biofuels in Pittsboro, North Carolina. Not only are they running a smooth operation, but their customer service is impecable and we’ve had very helpful and friendly conversations with their guy who knows a lot about biodiesel and lunch. They’ve also made great strides to improve the production process by using enzymes to cut down on required chemicals. We hope to live up to Piedmont Biofuels’ standards at our new facility. Thanks for giving grease a good name!


06 2012

Celebrating Community Capital

We had a great time at Alternatives Federal Credit Union’s annual meeting. There’s a lovely¬†article in this week’s Tompkins Weekly about Ithaca Biodiesel Cooperative’s role in celebrating community capital. Thanks to Eric Banford for spreading the word about the events surrounding Community Capital Week in Ithaca!

Don’t forget to learn about how cooperatives like Ithaca Biodiesel are making a difference at our next community capital appearance:

The SEEN Presents Co-ops: Power to the People
Thursday, June 7, 5:30 pm, La Tourelle Resort & Spa


06 2012

Community Capital Week

Join us for two enlightening events during Community Capital Week!

The Annual Meeting of Alternatives Federal Credit Union
Tuesday, June 5, 5:30 pm, Hangar Theatre

The SEEN Presents Co-ops: Power to the People
Thursday, June 7, 5:30 pm, La Tourelle Resort & Spa


06 2012

Time is Running Out

Although we’re big fans of Muse, this isn’t about the song. What we’re mostly referring to is Membership Month, of course! There are only a few days left to purchase your membership in the cooperative for a discounted rate. In April the prices will double, so there’s no time to waste.

While we’re on the topic of time running out, every now and then we do get the feeling that we’re working under some greater pressure to produce biodiesel again very quickly. What pressure, you ask? Well, climate change, competitors, big oil, hydraulic fracturing, our health, our future, our children…the list goes on and on.

The real question is why wouldn’t we want to provide our area with a local and sustainable fuel as soon as possible? If you think that you want to live in a beautiful place where the community owns its own future, then you have every reason to support us. If you don’t think that it matters where your fuel comes from, then you have even more reasons to support us because we need to teach you a lesson. Home is important and we’re not willing to risk it by giving it over to the richest, most powerful and least scrupulous companies in existence. There’s just too much at stake.

Let’s make biodiesel today for a cleaner tomorrow.

Now’s your chance to prove you care.


03 2012