Month: February 2016

Green Village Bali

A dream of 108 houses to go with Green School

Living in Green Village  is a unique opportunity to let your kids walk to school through the forest rather than commute 45 minutes or more each day. We are very committed to this dream of a green community right next to Green School. Come and be a part of it. There are houses available for sale and available for rent through the Green Village. -JH Green Village  stands for a community and a lifestyle for those who care about nature and appreciate its magnificence. Its real estate offerings are more than just unique properties; they are a promise of a sustainable future. Set along the terraced slopes of the Ayung River in Bali, Green Village is a master-planned community of eighteen dramatically unique homes, hand-constructed by the Ibuku team. Each home is custom designed and rigorously engineered to embody the inherent strengths and versatility of bamboo. Located within walking distance from Green School, Green Village encompasses all of the architectural innovations, sustainable principles and artisan craftsmanship of the world famous campus. A few of the Green Village homes …

The best thing in Japan: Ishizaka Recycling Factory

  The  Ishizaka Recycling Factory is insane. It’s an hour and a half outside Tokyo. The founder was a guy who ran a recycling business. When they stopped letting people dump everything into Tokyo Bay, people had to then sort the materials for the landfill; steel, wood, cement all separated and recycled. He was in an agricultural area and the neighbors hated the business he was in so much they would stone him. It was dirty, noisy, stinky, ugly. He said, ‘I’m going to do something the neighbors will be proud of’. So he built the world’s most advanced, most beautiful big building where everything comes in. The big diggers and grabbing machines are all electric run, so no diesel in there pumping out smoke. There are sprayers everywhere to keep the dust down; they use rainwater to spray. The materials are sorted right down to insanity. There is a huge conveyer belt and the materials go round and round. You’ve never seen anything like these Japanese workers sorting materials. It goes round and round …

China's round earthen houses

How to build a tiger proof house

John went to visit the earthen round houses of Yuchang. Amazing houses, closed on the outside with no windows until the 3rd floor because of stories of tigers coming into the houses and killing people. -JH From the Wikipedia page: Yuchanglou (裕昌樓) is a five-storey tulou located at Nanjing County, Shuyang Town, Xiabanliao Village. It was built in 1308 Yuan dynasty by the Liu family clan. It is one of the oldest and tallest tulou in China. Yuchanglou has been nicknamed the “zigzag building”, because the vertical wooden post structure is not straight and perpendicular, but zigzags left and right. It was built that way due to an error measuring the building materials. But in spite of this apparent infirmity, this tall tulou withstood 700 years of natural elements and social turmoil.   Yuchanglou’s outer ring is 36 m in diameter and boasts five storeys, with 50 rooms on each floor, 270 in total. Each of the 25 kitchens on the ground floor at the back half of the circle has a private water well beside its …

TED 2016

Back to TED

Cynthia and I will be at TED in Vancouver. When I stood up on the stage at Oxford and spoke, I honestly thought TED was an airplane brand in America. I had no idea 750,000 people would eventually watch that talk and it would power Green School. The next thing I knew I was in the audience with Elora speaking at TED. And she is almost at 2.5 million views. And what’s coming is the TED talk from the Bye Bye Plastic Bags girls. TED is the definitely the four best days of most years for me. Thank you TED, for being there and caring. -JH

Bye Bye Plastic Bags at TED

The TED talk from Bye Bye Plastic Bags Bali is here!

I am so proud of these girls! This is the type of action I dreamed would happen when Cynthia and I first created Green School. With these words, John Hardy, alongside a government official, opened up a wonderful evening that saw more than 150 people gathered to watch the premier of the first ever TED talk by Green School students. Last September, during TEDGlobal – London, Melati and Isabel moved their audience as they told the story of their ongoing quest to stop the use of plastic bags in Bali. Usually referred to as paradise, the island of the gods has fallen victim to its own beauty and is now facing ecological catastrophe. With millions of visitors flooding the island each year, Bali is now producing 680 cubic meters of plastic garbage every day and is soon becoming, as the girls put it, a lost paradise. Not wanting to be bystanders to the destruction of their homes, the two young activists, inspired by one of their teachers, decided to start a movement they named “Bye Bye …