Busy Bio Bus Bees

Busy Bio Bus Bees

This week has been a very busy week for the Bio Bus team. On February 11th and 12th, we attended the Bali Clean Energy Forum (BCEF 2016) to represent the Green School Bio Bus as well as Bye Bye Plastic Bags. The BCEF was an international conference hosted in Nusa Dua which aimed to make steps toward sustainability and accelerate the development of clean energy at the regional, national, and international levels. Attendees included government leaders, business leaders, international organizations, civil society and youth groups. The Green School Bio Bus shared a booth with Bye Bye Plastic Bags in the exhibition area where we spread awareness about our projects and progress with anyone who passed by. It was exhilarating to see such influential people express interest in our movement. The highlight of having the stand was when the Indonesian Vice President, Jusuf Kalla, came to our booth in person and showed interest in our projects.

We also attended the Youth Forum within the event where we discussed methods on implementing the solutions generated by the BCEF into Indonesian education systems to create a clean energy filled future. We started off listening to multiple guest speakers who have created, and built on their own initiatives and what their steps and strategies were on tackling each specific community problem. After soaking in all this information, we broke into groups and devised plans on how to Advocate, create a Campaign, and Educate. After sharing our ideas, we criticised and questioned, until creating a final plan of action that all could use.

We have also started collecting used cooking oil from various locations in Ubud. On Wednesday we collected 15 liters of used cooking oil from Ubud on our first round of collections! This is an amazing amount and we’re enthusiastic that this number will grow steadily into the future.

We’re also excited to announce that we have achieved 350 commuter rides in the previous week alone! This is an all time record for us and we are confident that we will continue to increase our ridership even further. This awesome milestone was achieved following the debut of our third bus.

Look for us at the Farmer’s Market on Friday, we will be there selling soap as always.

Bali Clean Energy Forum

We are excited to announce that the Bio Bus team and it’s supporters have been invited to the ‘Clean Energy Forum’ on the 11th-12th of February. This is a fantastic opportunity for Green School to showcase its ability to take make a difference in the real world. For more information about the event check out http://bceforum.org/.

Also representing Green School, high school students from Bye Bye plastic bags will be at the conference speaking about their fantastic efforts and spreading the Bye Bye plastic bags message.

We will be running buses from both Canggu and Ubud on Thursday 11th and after drop off to school on the 12th. If you want to come join the fun at the Clean Energy Forum or want to ride the coolest bus in Bali to school, please get in contact with bio.bus@greenschool.org.

Terimah Kasih

The BioBus Team

February Update!

February Update!

Dear Bio Busers!

We can’t express in words all the things happening through the Bio Bus program, but we are truly  grateful and looking forward to all the things happening.

Our Bio Soap recipe is improving more and more, experimenting with new elements and quantities with the aim to produce the Bio Bar Soap! Now we just have to wait two weeks to see if the final result will be suitable for your body

Today we started our Used Cooking Oil Exchange Program: 6 new restaurants in Ubud are joining our program by giving us their UCO in exchange of Bio Soap.  Participating restaurants will receive a certificate that mentions their collaboration in a greener and more sustainable way of transportation thanks to their oil. They also have the option to get sponsored with a special banner in our buses, so if you have or know a restaurant that wants to be shown all over Bali through our buses, don’t doubt to contact us: bio.bus@greenschool.org. You support is essential.

We keep on collecting used cooking oil from Sibang Kaja’s warungs with our Kul Kul and Green School students, all excited with their labor of making sure this golden liquid is introduced in our buses and lowering the CO2 emissions. Not to mention, keeping this out of the black market!

We also encourage you to deposit your used cooking oil in the Kembali station at Green School.  The exchange will apply and for every 5L you bring you will get a Bio Soap for free!

The Bio Bus Web will soooon be ready, keep updated and be prepared to see the amazing project the students have been working on to present a real Word Wide Web. Through the Jalan Jalan program our students are thriving  their abilities to create and interact in a real life project: graphic design, coding, writing, web mastering, designing, and presenting information about the Bio Bus project is all being made by the students. Wait to see their final product!

Final but not least, mention the great job everybody in the community is doing by using the Bio Bus service. The routes from Canggu and Ubud are working smoothly, attracting  more people to use our services and always willing to  be flexible and adapting to our riders needs.

Be ready to see us on Friday’s Assembly, we have some fresh insights we will come up with!

Remember to like and follow our GS Bio Bus Facebook page and Instagram, so you keep updated with all the things happening!

With love and excitement,

The Bio Bus Team