By Gordon Soderberg
I want to tell everyone who has contributed to the Veterans Green Bus Project how grateful I am to all of you.
–To Veterans Green Jobs for believing in my concept of biodiesel and used cooking oil to fuel disaster relief efforts. They invested in my first bio diesel plant in 2009. And they purchased the Veterans Green Bus “Large Marge” for me to take veterans from across the country to attend the Veterans Green Jobs training programs in Colorado.
While I was with them they learned about energy conservation and sustainability and how to rebuild historic log cabins for the National Parks and Forest Service. They secured contracts and began weatherizing 1.200 homes a year in 9 counties of the Alamosa Valley and the City of Denver, Colo.
By April of last year that ended for me because of funding dried up from the government with one month’s notice — proving to me that my concept of the Veterans Green Bus Project would not be sustainable under federal funding contracts.
So, I purchased the bus from Veterans Green Bus and folded the program under United Peace Relief, Inc., who thankfully has been helping me since 2006 when after hurricane Katrina I started to design my first biodiesel plant with Steve Richter. We fueled a tractor and cleared lots in the Lower Ninth Ward for people who wanted to rebuild. Eventually Brad Pitt and his Make It Right NOLA program began building sustainable energy homes on the very lots we saved from being seized by the city.
–To Team Rubicon USA for believing in my concepts of using my military RADMF Team development and Veterans Green Job experience to establish an energy sustainable disaster response efforts after hurricane Sandy at forward operating base Hope in Rockaway, N.Y. Read more »