The second Los Angeles Biodiesel Community Conference will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, August 1st, at Mt. Olive Church, 1343 Ocean Park Blvd., Santa Monica.

The conference is open to the general public and will feature discussions on biodiesel basics, legislation, local distribution, school bus and other fleet usage, biodiesel education and more.

Biodiesel is diesel fuel made from natural, renewable sources such as vegetable oils.

The event is being sponsored by Southern California Disposal and Recycling and will be hosted by The Los Angeles Biodiesel Working Group, the LA Biodiesel Co-op, Socalbug (the Southern California Biodiesel Users Group) and Josh Tickell, author of From the Fryer to the Fuel Tank and Biodiesel America.

The purpose of the conference is to empower and educate the public, local businesses and community leaders in their efforts to make biodiesel a viable fuel option for Southern California, according to officials.

Attendees, collectively, will establish a groundbreaking action plan that will provide the steps to expand biodiesel distribution in Southern California and establish new legislation that promotes sustainable fuel options, conference officials said.

Information, www.socalbug .org/.