Green Drinks: The Green School Dream & Building a Sustainable (Bamboo) Future

For the month of May, come meet Green School Founder, John Hardy! Just last month, Green School was presented the 2012 “Greenest School on Earth” award by the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

We begin the session by screening two talks, one by John Hardy on Green School, titled “The Green School Dream”, and the other by Elora Hardy on Ibuku, titled “Building a Sustainable (Bamboo) Future”. After which, we launch into a lively discussion with John, who is able to share the progress of Green School and Ibuku since the talks took place.

Join us for this inspiring session of Green Drinks!

Date: 15 May 2012 (Tuesday)
Time: 7.30pm – 9.30pm (talk will be followed by Q&A, then mingling)
Venue: The Hub Singapore, 113 Somerset Road (National Youth Council building), ground floor
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About John Hardy
John Hardy is renowned for having unconventional ideas and turning them into a reality. After selling his share of the John Hardy jewelry company in 2007, he and his wife, Cynthia, conceived and set out to create the world’s first Green School in Bali, Indonesia. Within eighteen months, they built a school for the future by pioneering a new form of education.

The school is built entirely from local materials with an emphasis on bamboo. The fixation on bamboo came from its sustainability properties, and blatant beauty. It is a school without walls or doors, rendering the classrooms open to immediate learning from nature. The central bamboo structure is called the Heart of School, and is likely the largest bamboo building in Asia. Surrounding this building are a plethora of bamboo classrooms-none of which have walls, and all of which have customized gardens that the classes collectively tend to.

Students study a curriculum that blends essential tenets of English, Mathematics and Science with the Creative Arts. This supports students in absorbing local influences (from one of the most culturally artistic places in the world), while mastering traditional academic subjects. Additionally, they engage in Green Studies, which is a unique hands-on approach to sustainability. It includes things like re-connecting students with nature through planting and growing food organically, looking after animals, studying alternative energy, using bamboo as a feature in design-and-make projects, and more.

Due to this trailblazing approach to education, the Green School is attracting global media attention. Similarly, John has recently teamed up with his daughter, Elora, to build the world’s first GreenVillage. The Green Village is scaling quickly and simultaneously creating stunning bamboo structures. The world is in for another Hardy treat.

You can find out more about John Hardy, and his Internet playgrounds here.

John Hardy’s website ::
The Green School | Education (from the future) ::
The Green Village | Bamboo Building + Design ::
Ibuku | Living in the Future ::
Bamboo Indah, boutique hotel | Ubud, Indonesia ::
About Me | John Hardy’s Profile ::

About Green School
Green School is an amazing project, pioneering sustainability within education. It is pushing boundaries in schooling at a time when the world must review whether more of the same is acceptable.

Its curriculum combines the academic rigour expected of schools and institutions of higher learning with hands-on experiential learning within a Green Studies curriculum and a Creative Arts curriculum. This means that by holding onto the essential core subjects of English, Mathematics and Science, Green School students will have doors open to them for whichever kinds of further learning and careers that they choose.

International in its teaching and learning, and in its clientele, our students come from different corners of the world to join a core Balinese community of scholars – representing up to 20% of our enrolment. They bring with them their learning to date to share with their friends and to contribute to a global awareness and perspective of social issues from their countries of origin.

It is preparing students to be critical and creative thinkers who are confident to champion the sustainability of the world and its environment. It is inspiring their thirst to know more, equipping them with appropriate and relevant knowledge, and nurturing their passion to influence change in the way we are managing this planet.

About Ibuku
Ibuku is an international design-build team creating a new way of living. We exist to provide spaces in which people can live in an authentic relationship with nature. We do this by designing fully functional homes and furniture that are made of natural substances and built in ways that are in integrity with nature.

Best know for creating the architecturally award winning bamboo buildings at Green School, our current project, Green Village, is an innovative residential villa development located within walking distance to the river valley campus. We are a full service design company that creates one of a kind designs for both residential and commercial spaces as well as artisan crafted bamboo furnishings inspired by a timeless Scandinavian design sensibility. Ibuku’s custom furnishings have captured the imagination and heart of some of the world’s leading designers, entrepreneurs and politicians.

We build lightly on the land, redefining the meaning of luxury with a clear conscience. Bamboo is uniquely strong, beautiful, and flexible, and with it’s four-year growth cycle and carbon sequestration it is a uniquely efficient resource. Though bamboo has traditionally been used throughout Asia in short-term structures, new treatment methods have given it a capacity for long life. We harvest and treat all of our own bamboo, selecting for density and maturity, then lab test to confirm its integrity.

In a world of retro-fitting or re-designing traditional items and materials to be incrementally better, we decided to wipe the slate clean and design outside of the box. Our view on being green comes out of being logical, practical, and conscientious.

Ibuku is creating spaces where living in nature is living in style.

Image courtesy of Green School


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