Local Org Turning School Bus Into Sustainability Classroom
Staff January 1, 2018NewsComments Off on Local Org Turning School Bus Into Sustainability Classroom
Boulder, CO, Monday, 1/1/18– A new local nonprofit is trying to make its New Year’s resolution come true, and they are looking for a little help. Their hope; to empower communities across the country to take the solution to climate change into their own hands, and they’re doing it on a sustainable school bus. Through hands-on workshops and leadership training, Sustainable Skoolie Adventure hopes to help create a country full of actively sustainable communities.
“Sustainability is a team sport,” says founder Chava Tzemach, “Individual actions are important, but community support and institutional changes are where the magic happens.” According to Tzemach, making sustainability a community affair is key in making the changes stick. The organization plans to provide training and continuing resources to communities and their leaders, giving them the tools to create their own initiatives and get everyone involved.
How will they do it? By driving cross-country on their 250 sq ft sustainability classroom on wheels; built from a retired Weld County School Bus. The Sustainable Skoolie, which is currently under construction, will be a fully functioning off-grid, sustainable home, including solar energy, sheep’s wool insulation, a composting toilet, a green roof, and it will run on waste vegetable oil.
Founded by a local Colorado woman, this grassroots, volunteer-run organization hopes to complete construction of their mobile classroom sometime in early spring, but in order to do that, they need to raise $30,000 in the next 45 days, and they are looking for your help. You can donate directly on their website, as well as find sponsorship opportunities.
While you’re waiting for the Sustainable Skoolie to be finished, you can head over to their website and if you submit your New Year’s Eco-Resolution, they will send you motivational emails to help keep you on track!
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