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NW Biodiesel Network Monthly Meeting

Event Date: 
Tuesday, February 22, 2011 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Event Location: 
Seattle Phinney Center
6532 Phinney Ave. N
Seattle, WA 98103
United States

Forming & Running a Successful Biodiesel Co-op

Learn what you need to know to get started forming either a biodiesel buying or production co-op. What are the challenges in setting up and running a successful co-op? Do you need bylaws and other working papers? How do you govern the co-op? What are the advantages and drawbacks to different models for a fuel co-op?" What would current co-ops do differently if they were starting over? What advice do these co-op veterans have for new co-ops?

The NW Biodiesel Network is pleased to present a panel discussion of co-op veterans to answer these and other questions and share their insights. Our panel will consist of Rick Riehle with Pangaea Cooperative (food cooperative), and Local Work/Equity Fuel Cooperative model participants Bill Aston and Lyle Rudensey (BioLyle). The moderator for this panel discussion is David Wiegand, NW Biodiesel Network Board member and a co-op veteran.

Get your questions answered! 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm, Seattle Phinney Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N, Seattle WA 98103. Cost is Free. Information at www.nwbiodiesel.org/.

About Our Panel
Bill Aston
Bill is a member of the Dr Fuel Goods Biodiesel Coop, the vested interest of 6 individuals that provide B100 mainly for themselves. They use a BioPro190 processor that has been running consistently without much down time for 3 years. They all have equal shares in the operation and share in the fuel we produce along with expenses.

They are not a 501(c)3 non-profit but run the operation more or less as a hobby that is committed by all it's members to creating a smaller environmental footprint in our driving habits and home heating oil consumption. The co-op members do pay dues, that well offsets the dirty stuff that they would get at the pump. The members are responsible for their own waste vegetable (WVO) routes or equivalent labor to keep the operation going. Last Summer they moved the operation from a concrete garage into a commercial space that amply provides for feedstock, equipment, and larger capacity for product.

Rick Riehle
Rick has a wealth of experience in the formation and operations of Cooperatives. Rick is the Chief Coffee Freak at Pangæa Organica, an Organic, Fair Trade, Cooperative coffee roasting company. He is a member of the Web Collective where his title and primary role is Free Range Project Coordinator. Rick is the founding member of the Northwest Triple Bottom Line Chamber of Commerce, a producer owned cooperative dedicated to the development of businesses in the Northwest with a triple bottom line outlook. In addition, Rick serves on the Nominating Committee for the Board of Trustees of PCC Natural Markets in Seattle.

Rick also crews for the Sailish Sea Trading Cooperative whenever he has the time. When not building a business, developing a not-for-profit organization or promoting cooperatives, Rick can be found practicing piano or outdoors giving sailing lessons or indoors catching up on sleep.

Lyle Rudensey
Lyle Rudensey, aka "BioLyle," is the owner of BioLyle's Biodiesel Workshop, LLC, and has given presentations on biodiesel processing to students of all ages, businesses, and community organizations throughout the Puget Sound region. His popular homebrewing workshop is now available on DVD. He is also an authorized dealer for BioPro automated processors and dry wash systems. For more information go to: www.biolyle.com or www.biolyle.blogspot.com

David Wiegand
David Wiegand has been using biodiesel since 1994, and was a founding member of the Ventura County Biodiesel Co-op (of which Larry Hagman was a member!). He is a longstanding Biodiesel advocate, and sits on the board of the NWBN.


Seattle Phinney Center
6532 Phinney Ave. N
Seattle, WA 98103
United States