Thursday, June 3, 2010

The Show Will go on!

The show will go on, expenses have been covered by a guarantee from a friend of the BIOS Organization but the loan must be repaid. We still need to raise approximately $2500 to cover costs. Can you become a GREENFEST Sponsor?

If 100 people feel $25 is fair to see 19 bands we will meet our cost goal!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Our goal $3100 by friday morning...we are at $425

We need a miracle right now for Greenfest

We need a miracle right now for Greenfest

Due to a last minute demand from the Board of Ed for the BIOS Organization to cover all janitorial and security costs of $3100, GREENFEST is in serious danger of being canceled with in the next 24 hours.
 The BIOS Organization has invested over 400 hours organizing this event on behalf of the Sound School.
19 bands from around the world have volunteered their time to play at this benefit.

Does anyone have any ideas? 

Monday, May 24, 2010

11 Days till GreenFest Vendors still needed to ensure success.

11 Days till GreenFest Vendors still needed to ensure success.

We definitely booked a great show but the success will depend on the vendors. Please share this with everyone you know.

Thank You!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Posters Needed Immediately!

21 bands have volunteered to donate their time, it is our responsibility to let people know about this event.  Every day until JUNE 4 is critical, if we dont have the official posters ready, post a compuer generated flyer around school and replace them later.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Crunch Time Starts Now!

We now have 21 bands coming from as far as Beirut Lebanon, Washington DC and NYC.
Today I found out there are 4-5 school bands that have not registered.  We are now on a tight time line and the following  month must be devoted to organization.

Permits, Posters and final band registration MUST be completed by Monday to ensure the success of the event.  The amount of attention that is brought to the Sound School because of this event is tremendous.

In addition to the Battle of the Bands, we will be filming a Music Video and Movie at GREENFEST that will feature the Sound School to the world.  The movie is called "WaterCar"  how appropriate it is filmed at an Aquacultural School.   The Movie is being Produced by myself and one of the founders of YO MTV RAPS.  Check it out! Everyone that shows up to GREENFEST will be in the movie.  The winner of the Battle of The Bands will be featured in the Music video.

We need your help, so if you have signed up for a committee please make some time to follow through.
Do you know of a teacher or parent that would be interested in helping, please invite them to fill out the volunteer form.  Thanks

Marketing / Advertising

Please track progress here

Community Outreach

Please track progess here

Clean up

Please register for clean up below

Please use the above form to register food vendors
use this post to track progress

Bands Entertainment

Please use this post to track the progress of recruiting bands and entertainmnet for greenfest.
If you are a school band YOU MUST fill out this form by Monday to be included in the Show.

Set up

Please use this post to track the progress of volunteers to set up at greenfest.
register above

Educational Demonstrations

Please use this post to track the progress of  Educational Demonstrations at Greenfest.
If you have a demonstration you would like to provide please click below.

Permits & approvals

Please use this post to track the progress of  permits and approvals for greenfest.


Please use this post to track the progress of recruiting sponsors for greenfest.
Sponsors can  click here


Please use this post to track the progress of recruiting crafters to become a vendor at greenfest.


Please use this post to track the progress of recruiting green businesses to sponsor and become a vendor at greenfest.

Green Businesses can register here.

Press & media relations

please use this post to track the progress of press and media relations

Friday, April 30, 2010

Would you like to be in my Movie?

Would you like to be in my Movie?

We are filming the intro seen at GREENFEST on JUNE 6th during  our car & bike rally.

Long Wharf Park in New Haven  Planning to shoot intro at the front door of sound school!
ps. dreams come true, my partner and co producer was one of the founders of MTV's  rap channel. Personally producing over 50 music videos including "Beastie Boys" and "Run DMC"   and now...the Sound School!

Monday, April 12, 2010






Sunday, April 11, 2010





Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Texas Radio station to promote Sound School tonight!

Texas Radio station to promote Sound School tonight!

Catch my radio interview tonight covering The Sound School, GreenFest, The BIOS WATERCAR PROJECT & Energy Independence!

Tune into
Feel free to call in!

Tonight 8pm est ... Please help Spread the word about energy independence.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Environmental Film Festival at Yale

Check out these environmental films which will be screened during Yale's environmental film festival:

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Creating something during the event

Food for thought!

We love raucous festivals like Burning Man and music jamborees like Bonaroo, but we’ve never heard of one that combines the spirit of these events with the mission to actually accomplish something. Like building a build a micro wind turbine farm.

Such is the idea behind “Villages in the Sky: DIY World Change” — a a family-friendly renewable energy and sustainability celebration located in the Ozarks and scheduled for June 2010. Unlike gatherings that strive to leave things the way they were before anyone arrived, Villages in the Sky is looking to take advantage of crowd sourcing to create a better place than existed before. Participants will help build a micro wind turbine farm and bio-mass systems as well as giant play structures (zip lines, tree houses, ropes courses, etc). The entire event is internally cash free event which promotes a volunteer ethic and strangers working cooperatively for a shared goal. In fact, the main goal is to leave behind the beginnings of a locally self sufficient eco-village. Perhaps even one inspired by the Ewoks.

Thursday, March 4, 2010


Our next meeting will be held on March 6 during flex in the cafe. Here are the committees you can join to help organize GreenFest:

Press/Media Relations
Green Businesses
Educational Presentations
Set Up
Clean up
Community Relations/Outreach

Sunday, February 28, 2010

World Class Green Charity Poker Tournament

Nice to chat with you today about your Green Fest. As I mentioned, EGM Green makes the world's 1st and only Eco-Friendly poker tables, and maybe we can get a poker tourney going for charity. I will talk with my friends in the industry to see who will be in town that weekend and get back to you.
Have a good Sunday
Have Fun!
Eric Hansel

EGM Green

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Let's Get Organized

Greetings everyone! The snow day yesterday meant that we weren't able to get together to work on our BIG EVENT! Every day students ask me how they can get involved, so we will be meeting this coming Friday, March 6 during flex in the cafe.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Volunteers Needed

For either Green Fest or Sound School Goes green project.
Please contact Steve Schappert  203-994-3950

Posting, organizing memos
Graphic Design
writing lots of writing, press releases
Building Research
Contact list development, students, teachers, parents, administrators, School board, labor unions
Is there something else you would like to do or think should be done?
Please post lots of (tasteful) pictures and video to the facebook group and this blog, featuring you (the students)  aquatic and green house stuff,  the location, buildings and waterfront views.  Capture all the reasons you love The Sound School and share it with the world.  Thousands of pictures are welcome and encouraged.  We want to show Billy Joel and the world that there is a future for a man who works the sea and its called AQUACULTURE.

Down Easter Alexa, By Billy Joel

Well I'm on the Downeaster "Alexa"

And I'm cruising through Block Island Sound
I have charted a course to the Vineyard
But tonight I am Nantucket bound

We took on diesel back in Montauk yesterday
And left this morning from the bell in Gardiner's Bay
Like all the locals here I've had to sell my home
Too proud to leave I worked my fingers to the bone

So I could own my Downeaster "Alexa"
And I go where the ocean is deep
There are giants out there in the canyons
And a good captain can't fall asleep

I've got bills to pay and children who need clothes
I know there's fish out there but where God only knows
They say these waters aren't what they used to be
But I've got people back on land who count on me

So if you see my Downeaster "Alexa"
And if you work with the rod and the reel
Tell my wife I am trawling Atlantis
And I still have my hands on the wheel

Now I drive my Downeaster "Alexa"
More and more miles from shore every year
Since they tell me I can't sell no stripers
And there's no luck in swordfishing here.

I was a bayman like my father was before
Can't make a living as a bayman anymore
There ain't much future for a man who works the sea
But there ain't no island left for islanders like me

Monday, February 8, 2010

Just invited Bobby Flay Think Big, don't hold back!

Hi Bobby,
We are throwing a green festival at the Sound School and Long Wharf Park in New Haven and would love to grill with you.  The Sound School is a regional vocational high school for agriculture and aquaculture...can we do a special on seafood and salads?
In one week we had 6 bands sign up and I have every intention of  creating the largest musical event in New Haven's history. And whats a festival with out food. The school is located on Oyster point and many of the schools waterfront buildings were used by the industry.

Of course some organic beef is always welcome.  Bobby you are my first choice and know you are a very busy guy, but I will wait a week before asking anyone else.  Really look forward to hearing from you.  It is  a benefit but since it involves food I am sure we could figure out how to make it financially viable for you. Perhaps your company could cater it.  The location would allow tens of thousands of people to literally walk to the festival.

Thank you for your consideration

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Upload your memos

Please upload your memos as comments to this post. As you read and respond to everyone's memos, it will help us to build the one memo we will send to the administration.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

GREEN FEST! Battle of the bands, Talent Show, sidewalk sale and oyster fest rolled into one!

Join us in creating  a spectacular event to support the Sound School's efforts to go green.   An alternative high school for Aqua/agriculture students. The school has 5 buildings and over 100,000 sf on  a beautiful waterfront section of New Haven Harbor.  What a view, reasonable amount of parking, restaurant at one end of the street, roof top band stand on top of library, next door to 2 ball fields and Long Wharf Park (waterfront open space with trails), location rich in history.  Check it out on google maps

Battle of the bands, block party, booths for green, healthy, holistic, organic, sustainable and energy efficient vendors, organic bake sale, school store, plant sale, rain barrels and much more on the comments below to view or add additional ideas.
Raising awareness and money for the greening of The Sound School!

Ask and you will recieve...never know someone might write  a song for/about you.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Student Chat

A Place to chat about the possibilities of making the campus more green.

Monday, February 1, 2010

To get what you have never had, you must do what you have never done.

At 211 degrees water will sit still. at 212 degrees it will boil, create steam and move a locomotive.

One voice can be lost in a crowd, or it can be directed to inspire. I shared my battle of the bands concept with 2 classes, they told over 500 people in one week. Your memos can inspire others to help you make great changes at your school, what you learn from the project could change the course of your life.

Please post your memos and share them with the world.

Yesterday I picked up the phone and called the sales director of MTV he is now reviewing this blog and our facebook info. Lets post those memos and show him that we have an exciting bunch of kids that are worthy of being featured on MTV.

Reach for the stars and never give up on your dreams!

One degree makes all the difference in life and business...check out this inspirational video

Thursday, January 28, 2010

For Civics: Video and Text to State of the Union

Hey all - here's a link to the website I'm building for your Civics class - on this page you can find full text to President Obama's State of the Union last night, and a link to a video version of it. Choose a section/sentence/phrase you liked the best or liked the least. We'll talk on Monday!

Monday, January 25, 2010

Water as a fuel

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Water Welding & Cutting Machine----New & Revolutionary Product
The Water Car
HHO Home Heating Unit

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Final Exam

Good afternoon everyone. For those of you who don't know, for your final exam you will be creating a fact sheet and flyer about Rain Barrels. Please check out the blog post and video about rain barrels to start preparing for the exam.

Paper plates instead of plastic ones.

I had the idea that paper plates would be more eco friendly than plastic plates. I'm aware that deforestation is occuring as a result of the demand for paper products but, we are not large enough to change that. So, I believe switching to paper plates would be a good step.

For example, a quick look on the web for cheap plates resulted this:

Paper plate link - VVVV
Plastic plate link - VVVV

really cool eco friendly homes

cool houses that are eco friendly

Info on Pervious concrete? :O Here you go.

Here's some information on pervious concrete. :] Enjoy.

Info on green roofs =D

More information on how green roofs can benifit the envrionment and our homes

Green Roofs

Here are some futuristic models of what green roofs could look like.


Tuesday, January 19, 2010


Good afternoon everyone. Just a reminder that your memos are due on Friday. Please make sure to ask questions and conduct research so you can be ready to write! Also, as mentioned in class, please focus on three ideas in your memo. I'm still waiting for the information about energy and water use as well as building dimensions and square footage, but there's a lot you can still write about.

See you tomorrow.

Cost calculators

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Friday, January 15, 2010


Steve S. suggested that you contact some of the companies you're researching and give them a link to our blog. You can ask if they have any suggestions or further information which could help our project. This might also be helpful once we start working towards putting together specifics for the plan, getting bids for the job, and requesting funding.

Insulating paint

Everyone was asking about the paint with the R-19 insulation rating. There's a link to the right of the page "Super Therm" where you can watch a Youtube video.

Check out this video


i think wind mills woulds be a good idea for extrea power and the mills could be made out of cheap materals
I think we should all start spreading the word so everybody else in the school can also work on helping the school be more green.

Bird Houses

We could possibly take the scrap wood from the shops, in stead of throwing them away we could make bird houses or something out of them.

Pervious concrete =D

Something that our school should look into is pervious concrete. It would be a great way for us to contribute to the environment. It reduces harmful runoff and helps to filter storm water because of its high porosity. It allows water to drain into the ground unlike blacktop that we are using now.
Green roofs maybe? even though the only roof we can put it on is the foote building rood

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Email Invitations

All students will need to give me an email address so that I can invite you to contribute to the blog. Please send me an email or give it to me in class.

Environmental News Network -- Know Your Environment

Environmental News Network -- Know Your Environment

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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Teach them to do well by doing good. As the needs of others become as important as the needs of the individual, the world gains the ability to change like never before. - Steve Schappert

Building Performance Resources

Building Performance Institute


Contact info for editors of CT news papers can be found here
As the site starts to build resources the story will need to be spread to garner suport for the project.

Hydrogen Power Systems
Located in Milford, CT   They are developing hydrogen fueling stations and power systems.
That use water as  fuel!  Check it out

Fuel Cells



Co- Generation Power Systems


Thoughts on fund raisers, grants, loans, donations

Tidal Power Resources

Resource and tidal power related comments

Recycling Resources

Please add recycling  resources here, I will rename the first post as "Student Chat"  which we will designate our area for discussions of dive bombing seagulls : )