Distinguished Sustainability

Taylor Biomass Energy satisfies Greenopia’s rigorous review to distinguish it as a sustainable business.
By Matt Soberg | September 20, 2011

Taylor Biomass Energy has been recognized as a Greenopia Distinguished Business, substantiating the company’s level of commitment to the environment. Taylor Biomass is the first business bestowed with the honor from Orange County, N.Y.

Taylor Biomass is a family-owned business specializing in technology that transforms waste into energy. President and CEO James W. Taylor Jr. is well-known for developing innovative green renewable energy solutions and maintaining a high environmental integrity. 

“I am honored to have earned this designation for being ‘green’ and aimed at sustainability in all aspects of conducting business,” Taylor says. “You are never done. It is something that is extremely fluid and you are constantly moving forward to make your business a better neighbor.” 

Greenopia is the green seal of sustainability for the business community, and is one of the highest sustainability designations for any business to pursue and receive, Taylor adds. With the energy industry being under a public perception microscope, Greenopia is a tool that can support businesses that are good neighbors in their communities.

Greenopia is a California-based company that provides reviews of business and industry to determine organizations that maintain high ecofriendly standards. The company strives to be the most comprehensive resource for those who want to live green every day. The directory and review include everything from restaurants and transportation to alternative energy companies such as Taylor Biomass.

A business does not become Greenopia distinguished just by saying it is “green.”  The review system is a selective, multileveled qualification process and environmental criteria are unique for every type of business. 

The process includes weighted questions and algorithm-driven mathematics to develop a computed score of ecofriendliness. Greenopia conducts lengthy investigation, due diligence and oftentimes field research to determine sustainability.

“Taylor Biomass Energy is so innovative and detail-oriented, it is certainly qualified for the Greenopia distinction,” according to Doug Mazeffa, Greenopia’s research director.  

Taylor Biomass Energy is in the process of building a 20-megawatt plant in Montgomery, N.Y., that will transform waste into energy through biomass gasification. The company has developed the Taylor Gasification Process, which is a new technology to convert biomass energy for commercial use. This process can provide overall power generation efficiency of more than 40 percent, which is double the increase in power when compared to current recognized combustion technologies. 

 There is no one thing the business did to become sustainable, Taylor says. “Our biomass gasification technology for transforming organic wastes into renewable electricity will add even more points to our sustainability scorecard,” he adds. 

“Taylor Biomass Energy is head and shoulders above others in its attempt to utilize biomass as an alternative fuel while also encouraging recycling to protect the environment,” Mazeffa says.

—Matt Soberg