NOLS: National Outdoor Leadership School Home
In the News
   
Staff & Student Profiles
  What's the Buzz? -
NOLS News
  Press Room
 
    Press Releases
    Image Gallery
    NOLS Facts
    In the News
    Staff & Alumni Expeditions
  Contact Us

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 8, 2006

Addicted to Oil?  NOLS RVO Bus Runs Independent of Nation’s Energy Woes

For more information, contact:

NOLS PR
Jeanne O’Brien
jeanne_obrien@nols.edu
800.710.6657 x 2236

LANDER, Wyo.—While the nation’s gas prices continue to rise and the President warns of the nation’s “addiction to oil,” the non-profit National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) has found a better way to get around. The school has a 36-foot bus fueled by French fries and other ingredients traveling the country, providing an active, environmentally conscious way to learn about the outdoors.

The bus runs on recycled vegetable oil (RVO) collected from local restaurants, a cleaner, renewable alternative to petroleum. So far, the bus has traveled more than 40,000 miles on RVO during its 540-day journey crossing the country. This approach has saved 3,000 gallons of petroleum, and eliminated sulfur dioxide (SO2) emissions while significantly reducing the release of other particulates. The specially adapted vehicle is also equipped with solar panels that power its audio-visual equipment, lights and computers.

“In just eighteen months we have saved thousands of dollars,” says Bruce Palmer, NOLS director of admission and marketing. “But more important, as a school that teaches environmental ethics, we have practiced what we teach and recycled a waste product, used a renewable resource grown by American farmers, and decreased our emissions. Good for our pocketbook and good for the environment.”

Sponsored by Silk™, the makers of organic soymilk, the bus brings NOLS’ high-quality outdoor education right into communities. Activities include a climbing wall on the side of the bus, fly-fishing clinics and Wilderness Medicine Institute of NOLS (WMI) clinics.

Evenings feature the bus’ solar-powered outdoor theatre showing the NOLS movie “The Expedition,” NOLS alumni expedition slide shows and sneak previews of the NOLS TV series.  High-quality outdoor gear is also raffled on college campuses.

Founded in 1965 by legendary mountaineer Paul Petzoldt, the National Outdoor Leadership School is the leader in wilderness education and sets the industry standard for responsible, high quality educational expeditions. A private non-profit school, NOLS operates wilderness expeditions on four continents and boasts more than 75,000 alumni worldwide. The school runs 10-day to semester-length courses for people aged 14 to over 70 in the Rocky Mountains, Tetons, Pacific Northwest, Southwest, Alaska, Western Canada, Mexico, Patagonia (Chile), India, Australia, New Zealand, Baffin Island and the Amazon. College credit and scholarships are available. For more information, call NOLS at (800) 710-NOLS (6657) or visit the web site at www.nols.edu.

White Wave, Inc. (www.SILKisSOY.com), a wholly owned subsidiary of Dean Foods (NYSE: DF), was established in Boulder, Colo. in 1977. In 1996, White Wave introduced Silk, America’s first refrigerated soymilk. Today, Silk is available in 11 flavors and is the No. 1 selling organic consumer packaged goods brand in the nation. White Wave’s product offerings include Silk® Soymilk, SunSoy® Soymilk and the new TofuTown™ Tofu Tenders™ line of ready-to-eat tofu.

LANDER, Wyo.—While the nation’s gas prices continue to rise and the President warns of the nation’s “addiction to oil,” the non-profit National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) has found a better way to get around. The school has a 36-foot bus fueled by French fries and other ingredients traveling the country, providing an active, environmentally conscious way to learn about the outdoors.

 

 
 

The NOLS Bus runs on recycled vegetable oil (RVO) collected from local restaurants, a cleaner, renewable alternative to petroleum.
© Brad Christensen
Chat:
Chat with a real person.
Share:

Sign up for the NOLSie News
NOLS Top of Page
NOLS Home About Us Courses Apply Wilderness Medicine Institute NOLS Professional Training Alumni Store Donate NOLS Home Parents Press Room School Resources Photos NOLS.TV Events WRMC The NOLS Blog Introduction About Leadership History Mission & Values Profiles Partnerships Frequent Questions Find a Course School Locations Skills Leave No Trace Financial Aid Academic Credit NOLS Pro Home 1-3 Day Courses 7-30 Day Courses Risk Management Staff Clients Design Your Course Contact NOLS Pro NOLS Pro 1-3 Days 7-30 Days Risk Management Clients Contact Us NOLS Pro Design Your Course NOLS Pro Staff Overview Outcome-based Curriculum Faculty Overview Outcome-based Curriculum Faculty Case Studies Overview Administrative Training Staff Training Consulting Conference: WRMC How to Apply Apply Online Download an Application Admission Policies WMI Home About WMI Courses Schedule FAQ Photos & Movies Curriculum Updates Employment Sponsors WMI Home About WMI Admissions Courses Schedule Host a Course Resources Gallery Alumni Home Trips and Events The Leader Alumni Chapters Employment Staying in Touch Volunteer Photos & Videos Home NOLS Photos NOLS.TV The NOLS Podcast NOLS on Flickr Leave No Trace Overview Leave No Trace Principles Leave No Trace Master Educator Course Host a Course Contact Enroll Map of Events Dream Expedition Leadership Week Press Room Images for the Press Archives