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.