Author: Green by John

Sumba Hospitality Foundation Graduation (5 of 5)

The first Sumba Hospitality Foundation graduates!

“I was honored to witness the graduation of Sumba Hospitality Foundation‘s first class. An incredibly moving experience to watch 39 graduates and their families celebrate this milestone after seeing how hard Inge has fought to make this happen. We now have four graduates interning at Bambu Indah for six months. Come and meet them.” This weekend was a very special weekend for us at The Sumba Hospitality Foundation; we celebrated the end of a fantastic year with the graduation of our first class of students. It was a spectacular event and creativity flowed throughout the campus, from the beautiful decorations made by our students to the joyful dance and choir performances, not forgetting the heartfelt speeches. It was a highly emotional day for everybody as we watched the 39 young men and women receive their certificates and stand proudly in front of their friends and family. The celebration clearly showed the progress and confidence of our students, however we know their journey isn’t over yet. They are about to take their first steps into the world of work …

Back to the Breast at Goldsmiths

WATCH: Back to the Breast on Make a Change

Watch the story behind Carina’s amazing eco-inflatable art installation, ‘Back to the Breast’. These giant inflatable breasts are biodegradable, compostable and organic. Meet the creator of Back To The Breast, Carina Hardy, who is bringing her installation around the world to normalize breast culture.   The story of @cccaaarrrhhh beautiful creation #backtothebreast A post shared by John Hardy (@greenbyjohn) on Jun 7, 2017 at 7:44pm PDT Watch the whole video here:

Taxi in San Miguel de Allende

Around the world in 30 days

A few of the sights and experiences from a month long trip through Budapest, London Amsterdam, Mexico and New York. It was my first time to Budapest- caught up with old friends and explored a potential site for a new Green School in an old coal processing factory. Budapest’s manhole covers are so beautiful. An incredible and controversial depiction of Jesus, under/below the Emperor. Bicycle of Budapest. A week with my love in Tulum and San Miguel de Allende. In Amsterdam I went to the Hemp and Marijuana Museum. Love the bicycle delivery carts of Amsterdam. Need more in other cities. Then over to London to help Carina inflate the Back to the Breast installation on the lawn at Goldsmiths. Finally, to New York and the US for a quick tour of colleges with Chiara. Gehry appreciation club. Spring has sprung.  

John hardy in The Hindu

The Hindu: How green is your school?

A feature in The Hindu on Green School and John Hardy. With larger-than-life bamboo structures, the campus is supported by solar and hydro-power, a water recycling unit and a waste management centre. Leslie Beckman, a school administrator, who has three kids studying here, says, “The Kul Kul Connection programme, which is our integration with the Balinese community, allows the culture to happen naturally from within, rather than expats going to ‘view’ a local experience.” Bandana Tewari, a senior fashion journalist whose child studies here, says, “My daughter came to the Green School for a summer camp and that led the way for us to move here. Issues she was facing, such as low attention span, disinterest towards studying, have now vanished. She’s now a part of the Bio Bus project, where a bunch of children pick up over-used oil from restaurants across the city. The by-product, bio-diesel, is to run the school buses.” Read the whole article How green is your school? over at The Hindu’s website.

Join the Crowdrise campaign to get more students into Green School!

  Help make the stream of generosity become a river of love. There’s a lot of people pushing, so please join in giving us a push. John Hardy   Every single donation will be used to support local children and waste-related educational and learning activities. We happily share all our creative sustainable solutions with the 100,000+ people who connect with Green School each year. With your donation we will: Build a Community and Waste Recycling Education Centre (Innovation Hub) – over 700 children will be able to incubate, investigate, implement and share even better waste management solutions. $100,000 of campaign money will allow us to build this and fling the doors open to students and their ideas. Expand waste management solutions – let’s turn even more trash into desirable treasures by expanding the current reuse-recycle program. Turning plastic waste into usable products and art, up-cycling fashion design using repurposed/used clothing, maker-space equipment to repair household items, plus more, can all happen with $50,000 of campaign money to kit-out the innovation lab with the right equipment. …

Maxwell Hidajat at TEDxUbud

Green School Student Admitted to the Ivy League

We have our first Green School graduate heading to the Ivy League. Huge news and huge congratulations to Maxwell Hidajat for his achievement. Green School is more than competing at an international level academically in addition to everything else these amazing students are achieving holistically. A message from Maxwell Hidajat : “I will be joining Cornell’s community this August as a member of the Class of 2021 and as a student at Cornell’s College of Arts and Sciences. Although I plan to study computer science there, I’m open to the possibility that I will find something else I’m passionate about and decide to pursue that instead. After all, Cornell is known for offering its students a rich and diverse array of academic pathways and extracurricular opportunities. Although I’m sad to be leaving Green School, I am extremely excited to make new friends, gain new experiences, and learn new things at Cornell and beyond. To my friends, my teachers, the kitchen staff, the gardeners, the security guards, the parents, and everyone else at Green School: thank …

READ: A worm that eats plastic bags

This is amazing- a biological solution for the mess we’ve made? In a paper published in Current Biology on Monday (April 24), Bertocchini and her colleagues described 100 wax worms chewing through a polyethylene shopping bag—the kind that people discard at a rate of 1 trillion per year globally—in around 40 minutes. After 12 hours, the bag was significantly shredded. – From QZ.com

Ryan's recycling

WATCH: 7 years old and he’s recycled over 200,000 bottles

Ryan is doing more for the environment than you are. 7 years old and he’s already recycled 220,000 bottles in his lifetime. He’s the President of his own recycling company. Ryan is a hero.   In 2012 at the age of 3, Ryan went along with his dad to the local recycling center and cashed in a few small bags of cans and bottles and decided that recycling was in his future. The day after going to the recycling center, Ryan notified his mom and dad that he wanted to give empty plastic bags to all the neighbors and maybe they would save their recyclables for him. Not only did the local neighbors save their cans and bottles for Ryan but so did their friends, families and co-workers. Today, Ryan has customers all over Orange County, CA and he has a passion to recycle that is amazing. Ryan spends a part of every week sorting thru cans and bottles from his customers and getting them ready to take to the recycle center. Read more about …

Cooking with Dr Gundry

WATCH: Cooking with Dr Gundry

As you all know, I’m a huge fan of Dr Gundry’s. His books have changed my life. Excited to find him on Youtube with some great recipes like this healthy, lectin-free Pad Thai. About Dr Gundry Dr. Steven Gundry is a cardiologist, heart surgeon, medical researcher, and author. His mission is to improve health, happiness, and longevity through a unique vision of human nutrition. During his 40-year career in medicine, he performed countless pediatric heart transplants, developed patented, life-saving medical technology, and published over 300 articles and book chapters on his research. In 2008, his best-selling book, “Dr. Gundry’s Diet Evolution,” focused on diet and nutrition as a way to help people avoid surgery. He currently operates his private practice at the Center for Restorative Medicine, with offices in both Palm Springs and Santa Barbara, CA. He has lots of great recipes- check out his whole playlist below.

TEDTalk Sacred Space

WATCH: How do you build a sacred space?

Beautiful TED talk from the architect of a Ba’hai temple. To design the Bahá’í Temple of South America, architect Siamak Hariri focused on illumination — from the temple’s form, which captures the movement of the sun throughout the day, to the iridescent, luminous stone and glass used to construct it. Join Hariri for a journey through the creative process, as he explores what makes for a sacred experience in a secular world.