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The Veterans Green BUs

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For the past 12 years, I've been teaching veterans how to respond to natural and man made disasters, manage volunteers, maintain heavy equipment and make sustainable fuels to operate sustainably. During hurricane Katrina we used the bus to transport volunteers from our camp on Bayou Liberty in Slidell Louisiana into New Orleans in the morning. During the day we used it to gather used cooking oil from french quarter restaurants and return with the volunteers camp to process the oil into biodiesel using a simple still. We used solar panels, inverter and batteries to power our satellite internet system, counters and a single light bulb in the kitchen of a small fishing shack where we cooked and held meetings while the volunteers slept in tents. Since then I've helped to start Veterans Green Jobs in Colorado, where we trained over 100 veterans in weatherization of low income homes, chainsaw operators and trail maintenance crews and built a log cabin for the park service. During this time I joined Team Rubicon USA as a first responder, technical advisor and instructor for national disasters. We used the bus to assist Team Rubicon's efforts during hurricane Sandy on New York's Rockaway Beach for four months before a one year national tour demonstrating how it runs on used cooking oil while recruiting new members to the organization. My program has it's own non profit 501 C3 status and works with multiple organizations to expand the use of sustainable energy solutions for both disaster response and the rebuilding efforts. Our work is focused currently in Detroit working with local veterans and volunteers from the local businesses, community organizations, colleges and high schools students donating their time to help clear blight in Detroit. We are raising $50,000 to operate The Veterans Green Bus transporting our crews of veterans, tools and volunteers to blight removal projects, disaster response trainings, promotional events and recreational opportunities. The money will be used to pay for insurance, maintenance, small scale biodiesel fuel production and on board cooking equipment. What we are building is a Green tool and food bus that runs on the used cooking oil that fried the food the volunteers eat while cleaning up the undeclared disaster that we affectionately call Detroit.

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Gordon Soderberg

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