Happy Earth Day. Most followers of this blog know of our work in Haiti focused on building sustainable communities, but may know little about what we do for our community in the San Francisco Bay Area. Sirona Cares is the sister to Sirona Fuels, a for-profit biofuel company. My husband Paul and I created both because we are convinced that alternative energy is the key to change, both environmental and economic.
Both organizations share the same vision and together we accomplish more than a for-profit or non-profit could not do on it's own. In Haiti we are putting biofuel into rural communities and deploying the IEEE/Sirona Haiti Rural Electricity Project to light homes and start businesses. Here we are supporting businesses/individuals who use diesel fuel and public schools. Starting today Sirona Fuels is selling biofuel from the refinery in Oakland directly to customers at $.25/gallon less than the price at the pump. Current fuel prices are crippling, and this is a way we can respond to support our community. The quality of Sirona's fuel is so high that it is a drop-in replacement for diesel fuel and requires no modification to the vehicle. For every gallon of biofuel used, 20 lbs of carbon is offset. The Sirona Fuels company donates a percentage of it's profits to the Sirona Cares Foundation allowing us to focus donor support on our programs.
I am thrilled to announce that our Sirona Cares for Schools Program is now being supported by Whole Foods, Cisco and Oracle, in addition to many local restaurants. This bio-recycling program allows restaurants to donate their waste kitchen oil to Sirona for refining, and then 20% of the sale price of the biodiesel is given to public schools through grants. In addition to providing a free service, we offer tax donation receipts to participating restaurants.
Today and every day we are committed to finding ways to support our communities here and in Haiti. From the Sirona Team, have a happy Earth Day.