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Automobiles -- Maintenance and repair -- Oregon -- Portland, Sustainability


Interview of Farhad Ghafarzade by Jeff Howard in SE Portland, Oregon on August 6th, 2010.

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Farhad Ghafarzade is the owner of Green Drop Garage in Southeast Portland. The garage opened in 2009, and specializes in converting cars to run on recycled vegetable oil as well as providing more environmentally sustainable options to car owners.


Farhad Ghafarzade is the owner and head mechanic at Green Drop Garage. He moved to Portland because of its sustainability goals. After purchasing a vehicle powered by biodiesel, Ghafarzade became interested in the business of selling cars that were more sustainable. He defines sustainability as using resources in an efficient way, while also including the needs of the environment. Gharfarzade believes that by making sustainable vehicles more available to the public, we can help to reduce the overall impact of using personal automobiles. He is also beginning to include more types of renewable energy in his business, from wind power to Eco-friendly fluids.

This interview is part of “The Sustainability History Project: Documenting Sustainable Development and Practice in the Pacific Northwest” at Portland State University.


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