Green School (Bali)

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Green School Bali
Logo of Green School Bali
Bali, Indonesia
School type Private Alternative/ Sustainability Education
Founded 2008
Status Open
Enrolment 400

Green School (Bali) is a non-profit, private and international pre-kindergarten to high school located along the Ayung River [1] near Ubud, Bali, Indonesia.[2]

The school was founded by John and Cynthia Hardy. The Hardys reportedly conceived of Green School in 2006 after reading Alan Wagstaff's Three Springs concept document for an educational village community.[3] The school's bamboo bridge, spanning 22 meters across the Ayung River, was completed in November 2006. Green School opened in September 2008 with 90 students and a tailor-made campus that emerged from the jungle and rice fields. Since then it has grown to approximately 400 students.[4]

Ecological design[edit]

Despite early intentions to live off the grid, as of 2014 the school's 70+ buildings are not off the grid,[2] but use some renewable energy sources, including micro-hydro power[5] from a "hydroelectric vortex",[6] and solar power.

The campus is designed around the principles of an organic permaculture system,[5] and the students cultivate an organic garden as part of their learning activities.[5] Buildings are constructed primarily from renewable resources including bamboo, local grass and traditional mud walls.[5] The campus has been reported as an example of the large-scale building potential of bamboo architecture,[7][8] especially "The Heart of the School" - a 60-meter long,[8] stilt-structure constructed with 2500 bamboo poles.[9] The school also utilizes renewable building materials for some of its other needs,[10] although senior students are required to use laptops.[11]

In January 2015, the Green School high school students launched the Bio Bus, a student-led social enterprise to provide sustainable transport services to Green School students, teachers and community.[12] This initiative looked at solving the transportation system to the rural setting of Green School, which mainly consisted of private cars, carpooling and motorbikes. The Bio Bus now has four 18-seater buses that run purely on biodiesel (B100) made from used cooking oil.[13]

The all-bamboo campus was conceived by John and Cynthia Hardy, build by master carpenter Jorg Stamm and designer Aldo Landwehr. In order to teach people how to build and design with Bamboo, bringing together tradition and Innovation, the project Bamboo U came to place. This program provides architects, designers, engineers, environmental advocates and enthusiasts with a foundation in Bamboo construction. The Bamboo U Campus is located next to the Ibuku design office and bamboo factory, and it is walking distance from the Green School. Their curriculum covers Botany, Traditional Craftsmanship, Engineering, Biophilic Design, and the fundamentals of sustainable bamboo architecture. Every topic is supported by theoretical lectures and practical workshops. Participants will also have the opportunity to meet and engage with bamboo innovators, entrepreneurs, and designers. The course content is created in collaboration with the Ibuku design team and is inspired by the knowledge and know-how of world class bamboo experts.


Green School Bali's vision is to educate young green leaders in global citizenship. The curriculum is a progressive model of learning that connects the timeless lessons from nature to a relevant and effective preparation for a fast-changing future within the guiding values of integrity, responsibility, empathy, sustainability, peace, equality, community, and trust.[14]

The school consists of four learning neighborhoods - Early Years, Primary School, Middle School & High School. Special programmes include Green Studies, environmental science, entrepreneurial learning, and the creative arts.[15] The structure is the Three Frame Day which includes the Integral Frame, the Instructional Frame, and the Experiential Frame.[16]

The school reportedly "prepares students to be stewards of the environment, teaching them to be critical and creative thinkers, who champion the sustainability of the world and the environment."[3]


Extracurricular activities[edit]

Kul Kul Connection[edit]

Founded in 2016, the Kul Kul Connection is a community program, hosted after school for more than 210 local students. The main focus of the program is the English language and sustainability.[17]

Board of directors[edit]

In 2015, Green School launched a Strategic Review process to include members of the faculty, parents, local community and board of directors in the spirit of the progressiveness of the school. To meet this evolution, the governance structure of Green School was updated and made public.[4] School Board Members have included Roger J. Hamilton David Heffernan. Ronald Stones, Nadya Hutagalung, Mickey Ackerman, Chris Saye, Derek Montgomery and Theo Bakker.[18]


Green School was awarded the 2012 "Greenest School on Earth" award by the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council.[19][20] The school was a finalist for the 2010 Aga Khan Award for Architecture.[1][21]

Notable students[edit]


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  2. ^ a b "Jakarta Globe: A Hardy School: A Green Future". Retrieved 24 Oct 2012.
  3. ^ a b "Ecology: Bali's Green School". Retrieved 25 Oct 2012.
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  8. ^ a b "Domus: The Green School". Retrieved 25 Oct 2012.
  9. ^ "Daily Telegraph". Retrieved 7 Nov 2012.
  10. ^ "Globe and Mail". Retrieved 7 Nov 2012.
  11. ^ "The Green School Family Heartbook" (PDF). Retrieved 27 June 2014.
  12. ^ "Youths As Agents of Change- Bio Bus Plenary Presentation". Renewable Energy Forum 2015. October 2015.
  13. ^ 2"How Used Cooking Oil Powers A School Bus In Bali". TedXUbud. August 2016.
  14. ^ "Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon commends initiative for 1 million green youth ambassadors in Indonesia by 2017". UNORCID. Retrieved 28 August 2014.
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  17. ^ "Education | Kul Kul Connection". Retrieved 2016-12-30.
  18. ^ "Green School Board". Retrieved 27 June 2014.
  19. ^ "Center For Green Schools". Retrieved 7 Nov 2012.
  20. ^ "EDC Magazine". Retrieved 7 Nov 2012.
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  24. ^ "Trash-free Superheroes - Indonesia Expat". Indonesia Expat. 2018-01-17. Retrieved 2018-02-23.

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