After graduating from the Ontario College of Art & Design, John Hardy founder of The Green School set off to travel the world and settled in Bali.
In 2007, John stopped working in his jewellery company to dedicate his time on advocating for and building a more sustainable world through education and design. Hence the birth of The Green School in Bali.
The school opened in September 2008 with just 100 students and a tailor-made campus that had recently emerged from the jungle and rice paddies. The entire campus is a productive organic farm. As part of the curriculum, students take an active role in developing and maintaining the production of the land.
The school commits to providing internationally recognized academic education that prepares the students with the ability to be competitive and successful in the wider world. The uniqueness of the school lies in the integration of traditional subjects, creative arts and green studies wrapped in rich layers of experiential, environmental, and entrepreneurial learning.
Green School campus, an institution with a curriculum emphasizing Green Education and ecology, sits in the lush Indonesian jungle on Bali and is bisected by the Ayung River. Bali’s terrain ranges from volcanoes and jungles to reefs, rivers and the ocean, making the school an amazing ecological classroom. The large open-air structures were created from local, natural, renewable material, primarily bamboo, and the remaining open space has been planted with organic fruit, vegetable gardens and rice paddies.
Sustainable features of the school include
- Structures are built from renewably, locally sourced bamboo, from the roof and walls to the blackboards and chairs. Roofs are made of alang-alang thatch.
- Working towards using 100 percent renewable energy, using photovoltaic panels, a micro-hydro-powered vortex generator, and bio-gas (methane extracted from animal manure) instead of bio-diesel.
- Bamboo sawdust is used to power the water heating and cooking systems.
Walking paths are constructed with stones, rather than materials with a higher ecological impact on the site, such as cement or asphalt surfaces. The roads are volcanic rock and walkways are gravel.