We are now back in Detroit. The West Coast Tour was a success on many levels. We were able to get allot of work done on the bus and demonstrate how it works to hundreds of people. The best part of the project has been to prove we can recycle old school buses to make them run on non toxic fuels and provide sustainable disaster relief vehicles for nonprofit organizations who would like to help but can't afford the fuel costs. BTW way we did it with about half the money we thought it would take. Thanks to you we are home and working on the buses lighting and communications capabilities and networking to produce another tour.
All the World is Green. The Veterans Green Bus Crew members Gordon Soderberg and Glenn "SuperDoc"Miller head to Northern California to visit the mariner's memorials.
All the World is Green
Interview with Eric Fox and Intern at The Solar Living Institute in Hopland, CA.
Video shot by Eric Fox
Tour of the Yokayo Biofuels in Ukiah, CA.
Tour of YoKayo BioFuels in Ukiah, CA.
We got the bus fixed thanks to VA Truck Center for making good on your work. And thanks to everyone who also helped.
We left Arcata for Hopland, CA arriving at the Solar Living Institute and Real Goods Store to get a tour of their facilities and give them a tour of our bus.
They want us to come back before we leave the West Coast. They want to do a big event and invite local politicians and their congressional representative to see what we are up to.
After leaving Hopland we made it to the Visalia Veterans Service Home to help them get it ready for their veteran students attending local colleges.
We have spent the last week setting tile and installing double pain windows and new doors. It was nice to help build something. most of the time we are just around long enough to much and gut.
We are in Arcata, CA. My home town and we are finally getting the electrical problems fixed, once and for all. I took the time while waiting for the tow truck to video tape a message to everyone who is concerned about our tour being failure for having so many break downs.
The bus is a training and disaster relief vehicle. Part of being ready for a disaster is to know how to use service and fix your equipment.
The Veterans Green Bus has done allot with a little.
We pulled her out of mothballs on Oct, 25th, 20112
We drove her to Detroit Oct, 27th, 20112
We got called By Team Rubicon Oct, 30th, 20112
We drove to Chicago to Pick Up Tools Supplies and volunteers Nov, 1st, 2012
We drove to Rockaway Beach NY Nov, 2nd, 2012
We provided FOB support Sandy Relief Nov, 2nd, 2012 - Feb, 12th, 2013
We completed the WVO conversion of the bus Jan, 21st, 2013
We drove to Roanoke VA for a Concert for Rockaway April, 12th, 2013
We had a fire fight in Virginia that tested our ability to react in an emergency
We put the fire out!
We raised the money to get her fixed
We drove her across the country on $200 of diesel
We trained veterans collect oil and filter it for fuel
We helped other organizations understand how they can reduce their transportation costs.
We attended Netroots Nation in San Jose
We have done a major serving and maintenance effort on the bus
We are continuing our tour and still need support.
We are at the half way point of the West Coast Tour and have raised half the budget needed to complete it.
Help us out if you think we have earned it.
Here is the video on Lettering The Bus. Shot in Arcata, California in front of BlackJack Screen Printing.
Lettering Dune July 13th 2013
You may notice that we are not raising money for fuel or hotels for the crew. We raise money to make repairs and servicing to keep the bus operational. The West Coast Tour has raised $2,900 to date. That money has beed used to pay for the major service and repairs at Kent's Custom Diesel, some of the graphics for the bus, printing or business cards, flyers, and poster for Netroots 13. We are now in Arcata, CA. Preparing for our next demonstration of the bus in Visalia, CA. We still need to raise the rest of the West Coast tour budget of $4,100. That money will be used to get the rest of the graphics printed and more flyers. We want to keep making improvements to our presentation capabilities and address any repairs we might face. Please, help us reach our goal.
Please help our Green Veterans celebrate Independence Day by donating to our 4th of July funding goal. The Veterans Green Bus is ready to demonstrate sustainable energy solutions for disaster response efforts and teach other veterans and their communities how they can create their own green disaster response teams. We have competed all the repairs and servicing the bus needed to be ready to respond for this hurricane season. We also want to put a new set of tires on her to able to get around the country for another couple of hundred thousand miles. Our goal 0f $7,500 can be reached if we all pitch in just a little bit. If you have given in the past please consider giving again. Share our link and help us build the network of support this project needs to succeed in our mission.
Help celebrate Independence Day by donating to the Veterans Green Bus, a non profit that transports veterans volunteers tools and supplies to and from natural disasters fueled by used cooking oil and solar power. http://www.gofundme.com/Veterans-Bus-Fire-Damage
Kent's Custom Diesel Found more damage to the timing advance system as well as leaking oil lines and worn out fittings that needed re threading. This needed to be done to complete the overhaul but was not anticipate in the budget.
We need to raise an additional $2000 to cover the shop bill. Tires are $5,000 and $500 for misc.
Large Marge is waiting for parts to be shipped from the East Coast. So, she will not be going to Netroots after all.
I will fly down tomorrow to attend with t-shirts to sell, flyers describing the project and video of her in action.
Hopefully, this will be enough to get corporate interest sponsorships and donations.
We are just $768 short of our goal.
We are going to hit the road for San Jose this week. Our destination is Netroots Nation 13. We are raising money to get the bus graphics applied before the convention. Please share this link with your friends.
graphics for Large Marge
We are going to use $900.o00 to pay for Large Marge lettering and graphics.
Looks like Large Marge will out of the Hospital by Wednesday. Just enough time to drive her to San Jose for NetRoots Nation 13.
But her hospital bill will not be cheep. $2,500 was the estimate. Since we run on donations of used cooking oil and with the biodiesel from Sequential we wont need fuel to get to San Jose and we can put that money into these repairs.
Imagine that? in stead of burning donations in the tail pipe @ $1.00 per mile. That money is being used to keep the bus on the road for hundreds of thousands of miles.
The trip from Roanoke, VA to Seattle WA was 2,700 miles. We spent just $200 on diesel only because we were traveling at night when the restaurants were closed. We still saved $2500 in fuel costs. The trip from Portland to San Jose next week will be 700 miles. saving another $700 from being burned.
In just a little over a month we will have traveled across the country and the west coast a distance of over 4000 miles. What would have cost us $4,000 in fuel will have been reduced to less that $400. Proving our 90% savings goal can be reached.
Getting biodiesel from Sequential
Our goal at Netroots Nation 13 will be to expose the bloggers of the world about our efforts to use our military training and sustainable energy solutions to provide aid and comfort to those effected by natural disasters.
We are booking a flight if the bus is not fixed in time for Netroots Nation 13. Now, we have enough to get there and stay for 4 days. Lets get the return trip paid for too.
We just dropped off the bus a Kent's Custom Diesel in Kelso WA. After a intensive inspection we found too many issues to ignore. We need a in frame rebuild of the engine and turbo. What this means is that we won't be taking the bus to Netroots Nation 13 in San Jose later this month. we will need to raise 10K rebuild the motor. The good news is that after this rebuild we should be as reliable as we are sustainable and good for at least another 300,000 miles.
Broken Down South of Bellingham, WA. We ned to rebuild the bus motor. This was part of our plan but not the timing. We knew we would need to rebuild the bus motor for it to be as reliable as it is energy sustainable. Cost of a new motor is 14k plus installation. The costs we save in fuel is twice that every year. With a new motor we will be able to travel the country for years as Green Veterans helping communities during and after natural disasters and helping veterans prepare their communities to become more sustainable in the mean time.
We are a non profit 501-C3 with a great program and have a clear mission.
We need the financial support show how our bus can reduce the cost of transporting trained veteran volunteers, tools and power communications equipment by using sustainable energy solutions.
FACT: Climate changes are causing an increase in intensity and number of named hurricanes effecting the United States..
FACT: The negative impacts on economies in effected regions are worsened by a lack of sustainable energy before, during and after natural disasters.
FACT: Military service veterans make up less than one percent of the population.
FACT: Their experience has proven to be invaluable during large scale disasters.
Communities need reliable and sustainable sources of energy after natural or man made disasters. First responders basic support infrastructure, communications, lighting, transpiration and heavy equipment use thousands of gallons of diesel fuel in just the first few days of a natural disaster.
At $4.00 per gallon alternative solutions must be researched and developed to reduce the cost of fueling civilian emergency response teams.
Veterans need career development options that values their sense of service, ability to adapt, with experience in adverse working and living conditions in groups focused on a common goal.
Help veterans by providing the tools and training needed to find a career path that helps sustain their communities before ,during and after, man made or natural disasters.
#1. Purchase a bus capable to be used for sustainable disaster response and keep accurate records of building, maintenance and repairs and related operating costs.
Bus purchased 1980 Crown Super Coach $2,000
1 Motosat Satellite System = $5,000
2 Semi Truck Batteries $500
Smog/ Registration/License $250
needs additional $2,700 complete sat communications
Complete by October 2013
Convert the bus to WVO (Waist Vegetable Oil) = $8,000
Donated by Team Rubicon
Completed February 2013
Solar panels, light cell phone chargers and refrigerator. $3,000
Donated by Goal Zero
Completed Nov 2012
LED Flood Lights $1,500
Donated by www.rabweb
Completed February 2013
Total Value of the bus and equipment as of April 2013 = $21,500
Fuel Costs: October 2012- January 2013 (Before Fuel Conversion)
Fuel Diesel average $4.00 per gallon
Detroit to Chicago = 288 miles
Chicago IL to Rockaway NY= 759 miles
Rockaway NY to Hudson NY = 150 miles
1197 miles fuel costs $1,200
Cost per mile = $1.00 Paid by Team Rubicon
Fuel Costs: January 2013 - (After Fuel Conversion)
Fuel Diesel average $4.00 per gallon
Hudson NY to Rockaway NY = 150 miles
Rockaway to Harrisburg PA 190 miles
Harrisburg PA to Roanoke VA = 294 miles
734 miles fuel costs $8.00
Cost per mile = $0.10
Harrisburg, PA to Detroit MI, Chicago,IL Rockford,IL Dillon, MT, Seattle, WA, Lynden, WA. Portland, OR, San Jose, CA, Visalia, CA, Cottonwood, AZ. Monument Valley, UT, Denver, CO, Chicago, IL to Detroit, MI. 8,000 miles
Fuel Costs $300 this was do to the fact that we were traveling allot at night and could not collect WVO from closed restaurants.
NOTE: THE REDUCTION IN FUEL COST AFTER CONVERSION TO WVO IS 90%!
Disaster Response Sandy
First month of operation with Team Rubicon
Type of donations delivered:
6 generators, 12 chains saws, 24 power drills and hand tools, shovels rakes supplies and fuel
Cost of donations delivered $40,000 Donated by the Home Depot Foundation
Number of Veteran volunteers transported 24
Populations Served 100k
Individuals and Families Served 3000 homes - 10,000 people
Veterans Served 5000
Veterans Trained 24
Team Rubicon - Veterans Green Bushttps://teamrubiconusa.org/team-rubicon-goes-geek/comment-page-1/&h=HAQEwXPBu&s=1
121212 Concert Videohttp://unitedpeacerelief.ning.com/video/team-rubicon-121212-concert-for-sandy-relief&h=yAQFWn2Bi&s=1
Maintenance Expenses and Repair Bills:
$250 Rocky Mountain Truck Center - Front Tire and System Check
$220 Ohio Truck Center - Break Vacuum Canister paid by Team Rubicon
$4080.31 Virginia Truck Center - Starter Motor , U-Joints, Regular Service and Fire Damage Repair: Paid by donations on GoFundME. Paypal Donors.
#2. Increase access to sustainable energy solutions before, during and after natural or man made disasters.
Networking Regional Food Industry, Restaurant WVO Recycling Programs.
Bio Diesel Production (Pilot Projects for R & D, Demonstrations and Training)
Reduce the cost of fuel for transportation and emergency electrical power for disaster response efforts.
#3. Increase the number veteran run CERT training programs.
The Veterans Green Bus National Scouting Tours
Networking Veteran CERT Teams
Sustainable Energy Industry
College Campus Visits
Increase the number of trained CERT members and teams in the United States.
CERT ( Civilian Emergency Response Team )
Standardized training of command operations and communications for FEMA disaster response teams.
Phase 1. R&D The Veterans Green Bus Project.
Develop the training programs for veterans to convert and operate vehicles and heavy equipment to run on multiple fuel types from sustainable sources.
Deploy the Veterans Green Bus to demonstrate the use and test the viability of these technologies in response to natural or man made disasters.
Document the training required in the sustainable fuel industry careers while visiting large, medium and small production facilities, college campuses and research institutes.
# 1. Complete: CERT / FEMA / OSHA /FIRST AID CERTIFICATION TRAINING
# 2. Complete bus and maintain it's alternative power systems training
# 3. Provide veterans with a renewed sense of worth threw community service and career development.
# 4. Work with partnering businesses and organizations to employ veterans in sustainable energy related careers.
#5. Become a self sustaining non profit organization servicing veterans seeking a sustainable future for themselves and their communities. https://www.facebook.com/thegreenveteran