For the past two years, a small group of Dartmouth
students has journeyed across the country in a
school bus that has been converted to run on waste-vegetable oil, educating the
public about alternative fuels. They have successfully
engaged curious onlookers, students and families, and
business and political leaders in presentations and
discussions about our environmental and social responsibility.
In doing so, they received much media attention ranging
from features on National Public Radio, Good Morning
America, Google’s Top 10 Search, MTV, and stories
in newspapers across the country.
This year, in preparation for a third summer on the
road, we are working on creating a strategy for advocacy
that incorporates the successes of past trips with a
more defined audience and quantifiable goals. Our group
of Dartmouth students, which now includes environmental
scientists, biologists, engineers, writers and artists,
will continue to visit communities across the country
to educate the public about issues of sustainable energy.
Studies & Studio Art
"At Dartmouth I mentor kids, dream about southern
california weather, draw a comic for the school
paper, and spend alot of time thinking about what
I could do with a degree in studio art. I plan to
go on to graduate school and study to be an architect
specializing in sustainable design. I am inspired
(artistically and otherwise) by people, the places
in which they find themselves, and how this combination
of personality and environment is expressed socially
as well as structurally. "
Anchorage, Alaska Environmental
& Evolutionary Ecology
"As a Dartmouth graduate in spring of 2007, I intend to gain some more experience in environmental science and applied biology careers before attending grad school in a related field. I want to simplify the material aspects of my life and continue to grow intellectually after my formal education is finished. I will certainly continue to seek out unique opportunities to climb, sea kayak, cross country ski and backpack while pursuing an interest in wilderness medicine. As a local of Alaska, I hope to eventually reside in a place where the winters are white and the mountains are right out my window."
Anchorage, Alaska Geography Government &
"I grew up in Anchorage and will always consider
the beautiful state of Alaska my home. But before
I go back, I'm off to explore the world! After 4
years in Hanover and in various countries on abroad
terms, I'm excited to get back on the road for a
summer of more adventures. While at school, I stayed
busy as a member of the Dartmouth Ski Patrol and
Class Council member and president. Now I'm avoiding
finding a real job by spending lots of time helping
prepare for our trip. I grow more and more excited
about the Bus every day as I read our many encouraging
fan letters. I've come to realize how important
our mission is to so many people and hope that we
will be successful in our goal of inspiring change!"
Oregon Spanish modified
"A native of Portland, Oregon, I finally made
the big move East for college. I graduated from
Dartmouth in June 2006 with a major in Spanish modified
with Education and a minor in Earth Sciences. Highlights
from my 4 years included road-tripping across the
Western USA studying geology and living in Uruguay
for a term. I also rowed for the varsity crew team,
planned wilderness orientation trips, and mentored
high schoolers through Outdoor Leadership Experience.
My first year in the “real world” includes
teaching sixth graders at Outdoor School in Oregon,
volunteering at a bilingual K-12 school in Costa
Rica, and learning to make tortillas and gallo pinto."
"A life long Vermonter,
I don't find myself too far from home here at Dartmouth.
I am studying mechanical and environmental engineering through the
five year BE program, so it seems fitting that I find myself as part of the bus crew. This is my second year with the bus, although last year I passed up the road trip in favor or sophomore summer. On campus, I am a member of the nordic
ski team and when I get the chance teach whitewater kayaking. As the bus mechanic, I am in the middle
of getting it ready for its second trip around the
country, as well as setting up a WVO powered chase
"I'm an ecology major with pre-medical interests.
Independent research and community projects (such
as the big green bus) have played a big role in
my college experience; I have done education and
development research in Bosnia, taught preschoolers
in Guatemala, studied tropical ecology in Jamaica
and Costa Rica, and am currently writing a thesis
on the aquatic ecology of coffee farming in Guatemala.
I also love to play ultimate frisbee. After college
I'm hoping to either continue doing ecology research
as a profession or become a doctor."
someone who gets antsy staying in one place for
too long, spending a summer on the Big Green Bus
doing a cross-country road trip is a dream come
true. I'm excited to be able to see the diversity
of our country and be able to learn from the people
we meet, hopefully informing and inspiring some
of them along the way. Outside of school, I love
anything to do with the ocean, reading whatever
book is in front of me, and traveling as much as
I can. Although my chosen field of study changes
on a near-weekly basis (as of this moment I am considering
Anthropology) I am particularly interested in the
relationship between communities and their environments
in developing regions."
"As a senior at Dartmouth College I do a lot of things, a small number of which can be mentioned publicly. Over the last four year I have been a member of the Varsity Swim team (captain senior year), a performer with Casual Thursday Improvisation troupe, and an editor of the literary journal Stonefence. Heralding from Milwaukee Wisconsin I struggle to remain modest about it. With an Honors degree in English and a less honored one in Pre-Medicine I hope to pen the first Tony winning musical involving on stage surgery and a singing xiphoid process. This summer I will be writing the official Big Green Bus novel, which Al Gore personally promises will be a best seller. So if you see the Bus in your town this summer come say hi and do something crazy, you might make it into the book."
"Although my roots will
always be in Iowa, since leaving, I have begun to
see the many places my life will take me. My first
year at Dartmouth has opened my eyes to the obligations
we all possess as global citizens. "The world's
problems are our problems," said John Dickey,
Dartmouth's twelfth president. Although I hope to
focus on Global Health, the bus is a very exciting
way to get out and meet the diverse cultures that
make up our nation. On campus, I enjoy being the
Class of 2010 president and being an active member
of the Dartmouth Coalition for Global Health. I
love running, cross-country skiing, hiking...anything
to explore my new home!"
"My main passion is studying
wilderness survival skills. I enjoy bow-making,
flintknapping, woodworking, and studying the environment
around me. At Dartmouth I plan on improving my skills
in whitewater kayaking, rock climbing, martial arts,
and skiing. With a double major in environmental
studies and anthropology, I hope to study tribal
cultures and how they manage their surrounding environment."
Cherry Hill, New Jersey
Geography and Spanish
"For better or for worse, my passions lie in whimsical and unemployable fields, from juggling and baseball to music and improv comedy. At Dartmouth I'm involved in a number of student groups, most importantly Casual Thursday Improv Troupe, DOC Freshman Trips, and Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. In the past few years I've had the opportunity to hike along the Appalachian Trail, study abroad in Madrid, and adventure through Europe with close friends, and hope the Bus will continue to shape my Dartmouth experience. My plans beyond college include lottery winnings, circus performance, gaudy sunglass modeling, and being barefoot in my mountain home."