Year: 2015

Head cook at Bambu Indah Bali

Bali Eco-Resort Hailed Among Most Unique Hotels Worldwide

Balinese eco-resort Bambu Indah has been named among the top eight “Over the Top” hotels by leading booking website this year, chosen for its unique and head-turning features. The hotel, rated three stars, is located amid lush rice paddies in Ubud, and made the annual list of what Agoda calls “properties that push the boundaries of creative accommodation.” “The gorgeously landscaped Bambu Indah goes to great lengths to present a collection of curios from around the world in a superb Balinese setting. Much of the food used in the kitchen is grown onsite without pesticides, and the entire resort is operated with locally sourced materials and labor,” Agoda said in a release announcing the top eight. Read more at The Jakarta Globe.  

Bali Sustainable Visions

Unique visions of wonderful things

“Isabella Ginanneschi, creative wonder woman, who worked with us on the John Hardy image, does it once again. A terrific book full of her unique photographic visions of wonderful things. It’s fabulous, what more can I say.“ -JH About Bali: Sustainable Visions  by Isabella Ginanneschi, Duncan Murray Kirk Discover how visionary architects and designers are pioneering a new, environmentally sustainable style of tropical living. Justly famous for its artistic expressions, Balinese culture is also uniquely adapted to the natural conditions of this small volcanic island just a few degrees south of the equator. The subak system, maintained cooperatively for more than a millennium, channels fresh water from high in the mountains to the terraced rice fields below. And the vernacular architecture, made from renewable materials like wood and bamboo, is designed to accommodate the indoor-outdoor tropical lifestyle–and to withstand the extremes of tropical weather. Today, even as Bali’s ecosystem is challenged by a continued influx of foreign tourists, a handful of inspired creators are rediscovering the island’s long tradition of environmental sustainability. This gorgeous and …


READ: How to build a Rocket Stove

A step by step guide to making a earth-friendly cookstove by the smart people over at the Kul Kul Farm. So, how can we build kitchen stoves that promote community cooking, are super efficient, use less heat, provide more heat and don’t leave us stinking of smoke? Our awesome permaculture interns had the answer…”Lets build a Rocket Stove!!!”  A Rocket Stove is mega efficient, really fun to build, it doesn’t cost the earth, can be built out of recycled materials and is a great activity for kids – especially if you’re planning to use and make your own mud mixture to build with like we did!”

Green School team and John Hardy In Paris

To Paris, with bravery: Green School at COP21

Paris is as beautiful as ever. It’s really amazing to come and support these kids. They were the only kids speaking because they were the only kids who made it here. Many of the other kids were held back because of safety concerns. The Bye Bye Plastic Bags team spoke to over 800 people at one event. I’m really proud of these kids; it’s no time to be afraid. If things that happen make you afraid, then there is no future for the world. It’s time to be brave, and smart. And represent the things that are important to you. -JH The Green School recently headed to Paris for the biggest climate change talks ever held- the COP 21. The Green Generation and the Bye Bye Plastic Bags team spoke at several events and took their messages straight to the heart of the talks. More from a Green School teacher, Sarita Pockell, who accompanied them to Paris: When Green School Green Generation, our High School activists, decided that they had to come to Paris be …

Three people you need to meet from Summit at Sea

John recently spoke at Summit at Sea, a conference that took place on a cruise ship in international waters off Miami. He got to listen to many of the other presenters and speakers and says we all need to get to know the following three people: 1. The Food Babe aka Vani Hari.  In her words: For most of my life, I ate anything I wanted. I was a candy addict, drank soda, never ate green vegetables, frequented fast-food restaurants and ate an abundance of processed food. My typical American diet landed me where that diet typically does, in a hospital. It was then, in the hospital bed more than ten years ago, that I decided to make health my number one priority. I used my new found inspiration for living a healthy life to drive my energy into investigating what is really in our food, how is it grown and what chemicals are used in its production. I didn’t go to nutrition school to learn this. I had to teach myself everything spending thousands of …

Sumba Hotel School by Ibuku

A school in Sumba

Sumba, an  island in eastern Indonesia,  is a totally remarkable place. A thin veneer of Christianity overlaying a wild and crazy animist culture. Beauty beyond compare. Ibuku is having the pleasure of building a school in Sumba, a school for training kids to work in the tourist industry, which is inevitably coming. That school is going to be all bamboo and truly beautiful. Exciting times in Sumba. -JH The school was founded by the Sumba Hospitality Foundation. The Foundation was established to provide hospitality and agricultural development education and to raise awareness and responsibility of young and underprivileged students, with a focus on education, protecting the environment, promoting sustainable tourism and exploring new possibilities to help the people of Sumba and surrounding islands. The Foundation has the following to say about their hotel school, currently being built out of bamboo with the help of the builders of Ibuku: It is our belief that Tourism can be a positive force in a poverty stricken region particularly when its community is involved in the process. It is …

Green School students

DO: Donate to get Green School students to COP21

Green School students are heading to COP21 in Paris to participate in the global discussion on climate change. They are fundraising to help with their costs. In their words: This year, Paris will host what could potentially be the largest climate change summit ever: the COP21. Surrounding this conference will be events specifically targeted at cultivating collective action through youth and sustainable movements, which we will be taking part in. We are now at a tipping point in the history of the world that will define the future of our generation and every generation to come. There have been countless attempts to reach a global climate agreement – businessmen, politicians, world leaders and activists have all been debating for our entire lives without coming to a consensus. Now it is time for us, as the future of the world, to step up and take matters into our own hands. Our mission is to contribute to positive change during our time in Paris. We will represent the Green School as well as the island of Bali …