Thursday, April 24, 2014

Get Involved




Capital One Bank
Honest Tea
Whole Foods

Bethesda Systems
Chevy Chase Acura Nissan

Consultance Accounting Services
Federal Realty Investment Trust
LetterSpace Creative
MOM's Organic Market
The Bernstein Companies

Capitol Office Solutions
Clark Construction
Montgomery Community Media
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman
Sandy Spring Builders
The Tower Companies
   Small Business
   All Eco Design Center
   Electric Advisors
   IMC Water Coolers
   Randall Consulting
    Team Media

See complete list of sponsors >>


Case Study- Biodiesel

Case Study - Biodiesel


Fats, oils, and grease (“FOG”) are produced by restaurants in large quantities and can cause problems for plumbing and sewers. FOG can also be turned into biodiesel fuel. Biodiesel is registered with the Environmental Protection Agency as a legal fuel and is better for the environment than petroleum based diesel fuel.

Why Biodiesel?

A local biodiesel initiative utilizing waste vegetable oil could help restaurants be environmental leaders while also lowering disposal costs for restaurants. The grease from Bethesda’s restaurants could one day be used to run the Bethesda circulator, as well as other vehicles in the county fleet.

Bethesda Green, in partnership with Montgomery County, is conducting a study of restaurants in the Bethesda Central Business District to learn about vegetable oil use and disposal and how we might help restaurants be more profitable as well as more environmentally friendly. The objective is to estimate the total amount of vegetable oil that is disposed of in the Bethesda Central Business District. This information is important for understanding the potential for generating biodiesel in Montgomery County and for improving the environmental choices restaurants have regarding the disposal of their waste vegetable oil.

Bethesda has more restaurants than any other community of its size in the United States, which could produce a lot of biodiesel! The first step in this program is surveying these restaurants to find out just how much biodiesel Bethesda has the potential of producing.



Copyright 2013 by Bethesda Green