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The 2012 Tour: A Vehicle for Inspiration
Thirteen Dartmouth College students are touring the nation on the 8th Annual Cross Country Road Trip via the Big Green Bus with the goal of building enthusiasm for community involvement through environmental action. The student-run initiative hit the road on June 13 and is traveling 12,000 miles through 30 states spending the summer engaging in dialogue, spreading innovation and inspiring community action-all on a waste vegetable oil (WVO)-powered coach bus. In partnership with Green Opportunities, they will conduct grassroots community service by volunteering in urban agriculture at Pisgah View Peace Garden on 1 Granada Street in West Asheville Monday, June 25th at 12:00 p.m.
The 2012 tour is focused explicitly on inspiring grassroots action to address environmental issues and encourage sustainability at the community level. Through collaborative community service events with local groups including Green Opportunities, the Big Green Bus fosters dialogue to connect environmentalism with community involvement, and show that people are part of the environment too. By becoming a vehicle for inspiration, the Big Green Bus aims to create a future that sustains people, the environment and the economy.
During the trip, the Bus will serve as an impetus for change. Complete with solar panel run appliances, a recycling and compost station and an engine converted to run on waste vegetable oil, the Bus exemplifies innovative ways to live sustainably. As a fun and interactive vehicle and living space, the Big Green Bus is designed for learning about energy use and facilitating discussion about local and national environmental issues. The students will volunteer in the PVA Peace Garden as one of their service projects. Green Opportunities is pleased to partner with them on this service project by providing an opportunity to interact through this grassroots public housing community initiative.
This year, the students are on the road to ask questions, share ideas, and inspire people to get involved. Looking for green innovation, dialogue and mutual exchange, these passionate students are ready for a cross-country adventure in search of a sustainable future.
Follow the Bus this summer at http://www.thebiggreenbus.org.
This year’s tour is made possible by donations from:
Waste Management – North America’s leading provider of integrated environmental solutions is working to reduce waste, recover valuable resources and create clean, renewable energy.
Greyhound – The largest provider of intercity bus transportation takes an average of 19 cars off the road for each of its 1,775 busses, and achieves 170 passenger miles per gallon of fuel.
Caesars Entertainment Corporation – Environmental sustainability at Caesars Entertainment integrates strategic direction with the grass roots energy, innovation and passion of its 70,000 employees to make meaningful environmental and social impacts.
Wells Fargo – The company’s integrated approach to sustainability encourages stronger communities, accelerates a green economy, and reduces the environmental impact of their operations.
As well as: Cabot, Cliffs Natural Resources, Playback, Clifbar, Thayer School of Engineering, Rosedale, Sixth South Street, Honest Tea and other generous contributors.