Sustainability Task Force Update

Cindy Zimmerman2009 Conference, Audio

NBB 09 EmilyThis time last year, Emily Bockian Landsburg with Philadelphia Fry-o-Diesel was just appointed as chairman of the newly-approved Sustainability Task Force for the biodiesel industry. There were no other members and just a vague idea of what they hoped to accomplish.

This year, Emily stood before the conference to provide an update on what the task force has accomplished in the past year – and it was pretty significant. The task force, which represents a cross-section of the industry, has held a conference call every Wednesday afternoon since they were assembled in April. “The task force undertook many initiatives,” said Emily. “We launched websites, started a coalition with strategic non-profits and academics, we created an on-line sustainability discussion group.”

The first order of business was a definition of sustainability, which Emily outlined as having three components – environmental stewardship, economic prosperity, and quality of life – “this is sometimes called the triple bottom line,” she said. “People, Planet and Profit.”

Listen to Emily’s presentation here: [audio:]

2009 National Biodiesel Conference Photo Album