Just got the utility bill for the veterans green house in Detroit. OUCH!
$300 increase per month since we started to heat the house.
With a month of subzero temperatures in Detroit it is surprising how much it costs just to heat two rooms with electric oil heaters.
By next winter we will have a sustainable and cost effective heating system using passive solar rocket stove technologies and gas back up.
Until then, we need to pay the heating bill to keep our veterans working on the house and keep them warm. We have two full time green veterans and another on his way from Colorado to help work on the house and teach sustainable urban planing.
Next month we start the electrical service upgrades to the veterans green house with the help of local 58 and The Home Depot Foundation.
Once the electrical is fixed we will be able to produce our pallet furniture and hold classes on sustainability.
We just got to keep the lights on until we can start to generate an income.
PLease help the Veterans Green House in Detroit keep the heat on and the veterans working for a sustainable future in Detroit.
We are back in Detroit working on winter quarters and making improvements on the bus. We have installed the Internet Satellite Dish on the roof, LED FLOOD LIGHTS , WVO centrifuge system and a temporary inverter. We have also started the lettering and graphics work.
We have been able to much with very little. We crossed the country on used cooking oil. We spent about $200 on regular diesel only because we were traveling allot at night. Come on folks. We need to get get the rest of the equipment hopefully before the next hurricane!
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.
The live fire fight in Virginia was invaluable.
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
We are at the half way point of the West Coast Tour and have raised half the budget needed to complete it.
We made our funding goal of S2,500 for the West Coast Tour. The shop bill is now covered and the fuel to complete the tour in on board. A Large Marge hug goes out to everyone who contributed.
There is still more to do to make the bus as reliable as it is sustainable and for the tour to be noticed. Our next goals are replace the cracked windshields, worn tires and to finish the lettering and graphics.
We raised the funding goal to $5000. Please, share the link below with your friends and coworkers.
We demonstrated our sustainable energy solutions for disaster response at the Net Roots Nation 13 conference in San Jose, CA June 20th and 21st. We made lot of new friends and created so buzz for next years conference in Detroit. That is right they are coming to us.
Next year we plan to facilitate volunteer opportunities for Netroots attendees to participate. Urban garden harvesting and park clean up projects will be offered.
Great news this morning from the bus hospital. Dr. Kent called this morning to say Large Marge heart was saved. The replace organs that she dose need are match to get her back on the road. New turbo, air compressor and some hoses with fluid replacements have been ordered. She may just make to Netroots Nation 13 after all.
The Veterans Green Bus She did everything the school in Arizona ask of her for the first 270,000 miles. It looks like we treated her well enough over the last 30 thousand to able to run another 300 thousand miles or more.
Large Marge is currently in the hospital. She needs quadrupole bypass surgery! So we are raising money to pay for that or a new heart if the doctors says she wont live to see another BBQ without one.
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Large Marge needs live and to eat and so do you and your friends.
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Not for profits, Sustainable Energy Companies, Restaurants, Farmers, and Farmer's Markets, Garden Groups, Associations and Networks across the country can participate in supporting The Veterans Green Bus that we affectionately call Marge Marge.
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We all love large marge and what to get her all the healthy cooking oil she can eat. But without rebuilding her she dose not stand a chance.
You see, after 40 years of abusive and abrasive consumption of crude oil fuels her heart is sick and many doctors say she needs a new one.
She is under going exploratory surgery right now. This may take as much as 5 hours. = $500 of just the doctors time to confirm his diagnosis.. Doctor Kent is saying he thinks she needs at the very least a new turbo, air compressor, oil and transmission coolant lines. $2500 - $4000
The Veterans Green Bus, AKA, Large Marge is a biodiesel and waste vegetable oil fuel disaster relief bus. We use it to demonstrate sustainable energy solutions for disaster response. Our veterans designed and converted the bus so that they can continue to serve the country by providing aid and comfort for people effected by natural disasters.
We have taken her from Arizona to Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, Detroit, New York, Pennsylvania , Roanoke, VA. ( Hurricane Sandy ) and across the country via West VA, Ohio, Illinois, Minnesota, Wisconsin, South Dakota, Montana, Idaho, Washington and we are now in Oregon.
During the trip we worked with Veterans Green Jobs to teach veterans about sustainability and Team Rubicon after hurricane Sandy hauling in tools supplies and volunteers form Chicago. After Team Rubicon pulled out, we stayed five months to help New York Cares, Friends of Rockaway, Americorps and the Conservations Corps troops assist in getting people back into their homes.
We set up their forward operating base in Rockaway, New York where hosted President Bill Clinton, his daughter Chelsea and the Clinton Global Initiative to assisted thousands of residence effected by the storm.
We have had our challenges. A starter motor fire in VA almost ended our efforts to use the bus.. However, quick action by the veterans saved the day
The forty foot long Crown Super Coach is in Kelso Washington in Kent's Custom Diesel shop for repairs and we need help!
Today, they will pull the oil pan and see if we are going to need a complete in frame rebuild or just a new turbo, water pump, oil lines and air compressor.
Kent drove Marge last night and called to say that we may be able avoided a complete rebuild. He said the engine ran smooth and had no knocking.
Keeping fingers and toes crossed in hopes that we still have a chance to get her fixed in the next few days. It will still cost us.
We are a 501C3 non profit made up of veterans dedicated to providing sustainable energy solutions for disaster relief.
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.
The Veterans Green Bus provides transportation, tools, supplies and volunteers for disaster response.
The Veterans Green Bus Project, a non profit organization that teaches veterans how to convert vehicles and other diesel powered equipment to run of used cooking oil. They in tern demonstrate these technologies while encouraging communities to join their local Community Emergency Response Team.
We use the vehicles and our military experience to help other organizations respond after natural disasters as well.
We were just moving the bus and crew to Detroit last October when we got the call from Team Rubicon USA to help them respond to Hurricane Sandy in Rockaway, NY.
We have spent the next 5 months helping residence rebuild. Many were firefighters policemen and the widows the those who responded to the terrorist attacks on 911. You may have seen us in action during the 121212 concert.
We are a small non profit that spends all our donations we get on our veteran disaster response and training efforts. Please visit our website for more details.
Our Mission: Reduce the cost of fuel for organization's transporting tools, supplies and volunteers by up to 90%.
Veterans continuing their service by helping communities recover from natural disasters with sustainable energy solutions.
The Veterans Green Bus will provide power, communications, and cooking capabilities for first responders In the event a national disaster occurs.
Demonstrate how to produce emergency fuel for transportation, emergency generators and off road equipment from used cooking oil.
Train veterans in operating the bus, maintaining it's alternative power and communications systems and cooking facilities.
Train veterans to document the project using the latest digital media technologies
Serve the community at large by providing emergency aid while demonstrating sustainable energy solutions.
The processes of collecting, cleaning and filtering the oil and converting engines will be demonstrated for local schools, businesses and community volunteer organizations and governments.
Secondary Mission: In the event a disaster occurs, The Veterans Green Bus will provide sustainable fuel solutions for transportation, communications capabilities for partnering disaster response organizations.
#1 Demonstrate how we convert school buses trucks and equipment to use Waste Vegetable Oil and Biodiesel.
#2 Employ veterans to assist disaster relief organizations with their vehicle conversions.
#3 Create a network of green disaster relief organizations and fueling sites. Description
We are a group of veterans that believe in our continued service the this country by demonstrating sustainable energy use for disaster relief.
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