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
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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