Episode 402: The Big Green Bus

Original Airdate: 
Monday, October 8, 2012 - Sunday, October 14, 2012
Next Airdate: 
Monday, September 16, 2013 - Sunday, September 22, 2013

Eco Company travels with The Big Green Bus! It's a Dartmouth University project run entirely by students. The group travels over 12,000 across the country in the bus every summer spreading their message of sustainability...and we catch up with them as they travel through Northern California! The students are a diverse group hailing from all around the country and each with a personal view of sustainability.

Brendan and Jessica get a personal tour of the bus and all of its sustainable attributes! First and foremost is the fuel system. The bus can run on biodiesel...or raw vegetable oil! It has a sophisticated filtering system that allows them to stop at restaurants along their route and collect used cooking oil for their fuel. The bus also has a sustainable living space that starts with the solar panel on the roof that provides electricity for everything except the buses headlights!

Eco Company is along for the ride as they make a stop at a kids summer camp in Oakland. The excited kids get the full tour and learn about vegetable oil as fuel, waste and composting, sources of energy and food. The Big Green Bus crew love talking to kids and the kids have a great time and go home with a wonderful lesson in sustainability.

The main theme of this summer's tour is sustainability and bringing communities together to make a difference. So one of their stops is at City Slicker Farms, an inner city farm that grows herbs and produce for the immediate community in an area that otherwise might be know as a food desert. On this day, the crew volunteers to mix and stir the compost pile, pound in support stakes, set watering schedules and pick produce ripe for the community. A very satisfying day all around.