The Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance (SBA) recognized the visionary accomplishments of both the City of Portland and Commissioner Randy Leonard at the 16th annual Best Awards. SBA co-founder and actress Darryl Hannah presented Commissioner Leonard with the first Visionary Award, acknowledging Commissioner Leonard as the architect and champion of a model program supporting community based biodiesel production in the State of Oregon.
In recognizing the City of Portland's forward looking efforts, the SBA presentation highlighted the Portland Renewable Fuels Standards (RFS) that mandates biofuel content in each gallon of fuel sold in the City Limits and the municipal fleet contract stipulating preferences for locally grown, processed, and distributed biofuel. SBA noted that the transparency of the City of Portland's pricing agreements serves as a model for other municipalities, while encouraging local businesses, including agriculture.
Kelly King, of Pacific Biodiesel, also an SBA co-founder, stated that " we believe that biodiesel produced and used locally can benefit the community in many ways. Now more than ever it is important to focus on the benefits of a sustainable, local model for biodiesel in the United States in order to maintain local energy and economic security."