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The Big Green Bus hits the big screen

Dartmouth College Office of Public Affairs • Press Release
Posted 05/23/06 • Genevieve Haas (603) 646-3661

In 2005, 15 Dartmouth students purchased and converted a ramshackle school bus to run on waste vegetable oil and drove it cross-country and back again, spreading the word about environmental stewardship and alternative fuels as it went. Christened "The Big Green Bus," the project, now in its second year, grew from a simple fellowship with an interest in alternative fuels, to a multifaceted, interactive initiative to promote environmental education. As part of that effort, returning project member senior Craig Rubens produced a documentary chronicling the 2005 voyage. His film, The Big Green Bus Documentary, will debut at 4 p.m. at Dartmouth's Loew Auditorium with two other student film projects on Friday, May 26 with a reception to follow.

Big Green Bus
The Big Green Bus welcomes visitors during its 2005 tour. (Photo by Craig Rubens.)

The travelogue follows the Big Green Bus and its crew on their winding path across the U.S. Covering more than 10,000 miles over the summer of 2005, the crew powered their retrofitted school bus with waste grease picked up from restaurants. On a mission to raise awareness about alternative fuels and their beloved sport of Ultimate Frisbee, the group of 15 friends explored the open road, suffered mishaps and setbacks and met a diverse group of people in their travels. The result is a candid and entertaining look at their adventures.

The documentary screening serves as a preamble to the upcoming 2006 road trip. The current project members have retrofitted a newer and more durable used school bus for their summer cross-country mission. For ten weeks beginning in mid-June, the Big Green Bus will travel the U.S., taking part in a number of events, festivals, activities and projects with the shared goals of creating dialogue about alternative energy and environmental responsibility. Scheduled stops include music festivals, large venue concerts, summer camps and environmental fairs to give presentations and foster awareness about potential solutions to energy and environmental issues.

The crew of the Big Green Bus brought more than carpentry and engineering skills to their endeavor. The 12 students crewing the bus this year devoted serious energy to fundraising and creating partnerships. As a result, the Big Green Bus was made possible in part by sponsorship from Newman's Own, the Thayer School of Engineering, Red Door Media, PlantDrive.com and Road Trip Nation. The Big Green Bus has also drawn the attention of the band Guster and will join the musicians on some of their summer tour dates. To learn more about the Big Green Bus or view the travel itinerary, visit their Web site.

Dartmouth has television (satellite uplink) and radio (ISDN) studios available for domestic and international live and taped interviews. For more information, call 603-646-3661 or see our Radio, Television capability webpage.

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