Recorded at INK2011, Jaipur, India: Dreaming green From bamboo swimming pools to homegrown lunches, every aspect of John Hardy’s Green School strives to be a model of sustainability. But being green isn’t easy, and it doesn’t always work on the first try. Hardy humorously recounts how, step by step, he’s realized his dream of building a green community. Hardy’s efforts are having a ripple effect amongst the local Balinese, as more and more people adopt his mentality of livable sustainability.
Here is the report from data collector, Marian Hazzard, who was commissioned by the Powers of Place Initiative to explore the Green School Effect. The report is what Co-Director of Powers of Place, Renee Levi based her hypotheses on with regard to the Green School Effect – expanding learning and leadership capabilities. Dr Levi presented at a coffee morning, and was subsequently interviewed on camera More Detail …
Energy supply in remote regions
Bali, Indonesia (CNN) — Learning Shakespeare under a thatched roof in a building made almost entirely from bamboo. The Green School in Bali, Indonesia, is like no other. The idea came to its founder John Hardy after his wife took him to see the Al Gore”s movie “An Inconvenient Truth.” Hardy — who retired from running a successful jewelry business in 2007 — was horrified by what he saw on screen and how climate change might affect his four children. So, he resolved to dedicate the rest of his life to do whatever he could to make their lot better, he says. At the Green School, students from nursery to eighth grade get, what Hardy calls, “a holistic education” — well rounded, with a special emphasis on the environment. “The whole idea of sustainability and holism, which this school is based on, is that you don”t dig everything up and spend it…and live inside your environmental means…” Hardy says. His goal is to decrease the school”s carbon footprint even further, which means growing organic vegetables …
This is not a book you will want to read, but it is a book you should read. (Jeremy Scahill is behind this book.)
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Our friend and architect guru, Rafael Gomez-Moriana, came to visit us last week. These were some of his thoughts on the Green School. For the record, I was told Rafael’s eyes were bluging throughout his visit at the Green School and Green Village. Not unlike the appearance of a kid in a candy shop.
This sentence will lead you to a place where one can explore the Gates Notes (if one chooses this path of course).