Drive-By Harvest

By Scott Boylston

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The Big Green Bus came to Savannah for two days last week, and graciously volunteered their time to reclaim cedar from the interior of the Jones Street house we’ve been working on. The 13 students from Dartmouth joined 6 students from SCAD’s Design for Sustainability program in a 2-hour harvest (the 2 ladies in the middle are the supervisors).

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The removal of the material from the house’s ground and first floor are complete, and the majority of work focused on the second floor trim. On a day when the heat index was 114, it was good to get the work out of the way before noon.

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After a shower and some lunch, the Big Green Bus made a stop at SCAD’s Gulfstream Center, home of the Industrial Design Department and the Design for Sustainability program, to give tours of the retrofitted bio-diesel Greyhound bus.

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After the tours, SCAD DfS students hosted a tour of their own, presenting several projects that students in the program have executed over the last year or so. This kind of collaborative give-and-take between designers, scientists, and engineers is invaluable in developing holistic solutions to today’s most pressing problems, and what better way to make the bonds tighter than spend an evening discussing sustainability out on the town?

The following morning, before departing Savannah, the Big Green Bus gave tours of the bus in front of the Jepson Center for the Arts, and received a donation of 30 gallons of waste vegetable oil for their bus from Savannah’s own SES Biofuels.

Thank you B-G-Bers!

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