Ray Newkirk is co-founder and President of Pacific Biofuel, Inc. Ray is a licensed California building contractor and owner of Building Alternatives. His focus for many years has been on "green" building encompassing everything from passive solar building design and construction to alternative building materials from straw bale to bamboo. His extensive research into new alternatives that are healthier for humans and our environment led to his discovery of other problems associated with petroleum products, namely air pollution and associated health risks to humans through burning fossil fuels.
His studies and field applications of many renewable energies have helped drive the honest progression of sustainable building and energy production toward mainstream acceptance. Mr. Newkirkís commitment to the health of humanity and our planet has guided his vision to serve as a conduit between investors, producers, distributors and end users of biofuels by founding Pacific Biofuel, Inc. Mr. Newkirk is currently seated on the Santa Cruz Planning Departmentís Green Building Working Group charged with revising and improving current building codes and conducts with an eye toward a more livable future. He has appeared in numerous radio, television and live events promoting the use of biodiesel.