In a supposed progressive green city, it won’t be until today that San Francisco finally gets its own biodiesel station – Dogpatch Biofuels. It’s been a long time in the making with permits, and inspections and the like. Hasn’t San Francisco seen biodiesel before? You’d think that they were dispensing nitroglycerin the way the approval process worked like molasses.
We’re not counting the Olympic Station that sells B20 to mostly fleet vehicles and trucks or the op-op that used to operate in SoMa. Here, we have an honest to goodness B100 (or rather B99.99999) biodiesel station for autos. All the Mercedes and converted vehicle owners can rejoice at not having to drive to the East Bay or San Mateo to fill up their tanks. Even better, we can all rejoice at the fact that the station owners get their fuel not from GMO corn or switchgrass or any food but rather from San Francisco’s own waste grease program, so we can all be proud when consuming those greasy fries.
Besides purchasing locally made fuel, the owners painted the office using mostly zero-voc paint, and set up and eco-shop using reused desks, cabinets and shelves. The few products they sell (more to come) either fall into the organic, natural or non-toxic categories. They tell us that when things get up and running, that they will offer green auto/hybrid/bio-fuel educational classes to bring a community spirit to the station. Try getting that at your local Exxon station.