Veterans Green Villages

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Veterans Green Bus

The Veterans Green Bus Group


Train veterans, community organisations, and first response organizations to convert Diesel engines to use biofuel techniques to prepare for and respond to natural or man made disasters and power rebuilding efforts.

Members: 5
Latest Activity: Aug 5, 2021

The Veterans Green Bus Project:

Addresses the largest problem disaster relief organisations face when responding to natural or man made disasters.

Transportation, fuel, electricity and communications.

With fuel costs at a premium, $3.00 + - per gallon average nation wide, getting volunteers to and from disaster zones hinders effective volunteer disaster response capabilities.

What makes this problem worse during disasters is the fact that access to traditional fuel sources. Closed for the lack of power or are rationing where they are do and the demand is the greatest

The Veterans Green Bus Project attacks these issues head on with a strategic plan to increase access and reduces the costs of fuel for transportation and emergency power that provides for our satellite communications systems to work independently of the grid.


  • Reduce the cost of training facility operations and fuel for transporting tools, supplies and volunteers to and from disasters by up to 90%. 
  • Veterans continuing their service by helping communities recover from natural and man made disasters.  
  • Demonstrating sustainable solutions including bio diesel, WVO and solar.
  • Linking veterans with green job training opportunities and community service projects.


  • The Veterans Green Bus will provide sustainable transportation fuel and electrical power for first responders In the event a national disaster occurs. 
  • Demonstrate how to produce emergency fuel for transportation, emergency generators and off road equipment from used cooking oil, and solar energy.


  • Train veterans in maintaining alternative power and communications systems and cooking facilities for disaster response teams.
  • Train veterans to document the project using the latest digital media technologies
  • Serve the community at large by providing emergency aid while demonstrating sustainable energy solutions.
  • The processes of collecting, cleaning and filtering the oil and converting engines will be demonstrated for local schools, businesses and community volunteer organizations and governments in a training facility designed specially for this purpose.
  • In the event a national disaster occurs. The Veterans Green Bus will provide sustainable power, communications, and cooking capabilities for partnering disaster response organizations.
  • #1 Demonstrate how to convert buses, trucks generators and heavy equipment to use Waste Vegetable Oil and Biodiesel. 
  • #2. Demonstrate how to covert industrial spaces into small scale sustainable energy production facilities.
  • #3: Demonstrate how to collect filter and process used cooking oil into biofuels.
  • #4: Employ and train veterans to assist other disaster relief organizations to incorporate sustainable energy solutions  in their operational and disaster preparedness plans.
  • #5 Support a network of green disaster relief organizations and fueling sites.


  • We are a group of veterans that believe in our continued service the this country by demonstrating sustainable energy use for disaster relief.
  • Operational Plan:
  • Veteran Barracks Housing and Training Center = Firehouse / Warehouse, 
  • Scale= Medium Light Industrial (5,000 square ft minimum)v
  • Housing , Class Room & Veterans Green Bus Barn


  • Community Demonstration and Training Programs:
  • WVO Conversions, Collection & Filtration Systems, Small Scale Biodiesel Plant Operations, Solar, Wind Turbine, Inverter Grid/ Battery backup and Geothermal HVAC Installations. 

Veteran Programs 

  • WVO Conversions, Collection & Filtration Systems, Small Scale Biodiesel Plant Operations, Solar, Wind Turbine, Inverter Grid/ Battery backup and Geothermal HVAC Installations. 
  • Team Rubicon Membership and Emergency Response Training Program:


  • Bus Transportation, Emergency Generators, Home Heating Oil, Off Road & Heavy
  • Equipment
  • Scale= Small Scale for demonstrations and facility support.
  • Capacity= 500 gallons per week. 2000 gallon storage.
  • Solar Panels & Wind Turbines Installations:
  • Roof Mounted to permanent structures and mobile units
  • Grid Connected with Inverter and battery backup 
  • 5KW mobile and 10KW Systems
  • Scale= Mobile and Medium Industrial

Solar Installation Training programs:

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Provide job training for participating veterans to produce biodiesel

Our mission is to provide job training for participating veterans to produce biodiesel for vehicles, heavy equipment, generator, etc. and assisting organization's emergency disaster relief, clean up…Continue

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Comment by Gordon Soderberg on January 4, 2021 at 9:47am

YMCA and Sierra Club Military Outdoors (SCMO) are working together to improve the lives of veterans, service members, and their families through connections with the outdoors and to inspire members of the military and veteran community to become outspoken champions for environmental conservation and justice within their local communities.

SCMO Vision

SCMO envisions a world in which all veterans, service members, and military families have the opportunity to benefit from the healing powers of being outdoors. Our team was humbled to play a large part in the recent passage of two bipartisan acts aimed at breaking down barriers to accessing public lands for veterans: New York state’s Outdoor Rx Act, and working with the YMCA team, the Accelerating Veterans Recovery Outdoors Act.

Join Us

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the YMCA and SCMO team are launching a virtual outings program for veterans, military service members, and their families. Virtual outings - part wilderness adventure, part community building - begin with a virtual group trailhead talk, are followed by an individual wilderness adventure, and conclude with a virtual group campfire. 

If you are a YMCA or SC staff member who’ll be leading this programming or a dedicated volunteer or community member interested in getting involved, this training is for you! Please visit here to learn more and to register for the first in a series of virtual training sessions led by the SCMO team that will help prepare you to serve as a virtual outings leader for veterans, service members, and military family members in your local community. 

Friday, Jan 22nd, 12-2pm EST

Review of Outdoor Adventure Education and Outdoor Military Veteran Programs

Bridging the Military – Civilian Divide

Thursday, Feb 4th, 12-2pm EST

Lead a Virtual Outing 

Tuesday, Feb 9th, 3-5pm EST

Design a Virtual Outing 



Accelerating Veterans Recovery Outdoors Act:

Outdoor Rx Act:

Comment by Gordon Soderberg on January 21, 2013 at 2:42pm

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WVO Conversion Sponsored By:

Team Rubicon USA

WVO conversion

Sam Merrett

Full Circle Fuels

99 S 3rd Street 

Hudson, NY 12534

Fuel Tank Fabrication
Kristopher Perry
Fantastic Fabrication
99 S 3rd Street 

Hudson, NY 12534


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