ACE Launches "Connect the DOTs" Biobus Summer Tour Across California

Veggie oil-powered bus to host solar-powered concerts, collect pledges to Do One Thing (DOT) to help the environment

Oakland, CA, July 16, 2010 --( ACE :: Alliance for Climate Education today announced the ultimate pollution-free summer road trip—a three-week "Connect the DOTs" Biobus Tour. Traveling on a bus powered by recycled vegetable oil from fried food, the tour will host solar-powered concerts by indie band The Wiley One in select cities, deliver ACE’s multimedia climate change presentation, and collect DOTs. The tour kicks off on July 17 in Los Angeles and finishes on August 7 in San Francisco, and will visit summer camps, beaches, skate parks, and several surprise locations—check for the latest.

The "Connect the DOTs" tour supports ACE’s national DOT campaign, whereby individuals pledge to Do One Thing to help the environment and cool the climate—anything from recycling to carrying a reusable water bottle to unplugging energy vampires. Anyone can pledge a DOT by visiting or texting DOT to 30644.

"We’re combining two guilty pleasures—fried food and road trips—for one guilt-free adventure," said Pic Walker, ACE’s executive director. "By bringing people together with music, climate education and a summer tour, we’re hoping to ‘connect the DOTs’ to show high school students how individual DOTs can add up to make a big difference toward solving climate change."

About the Crew

The "Connect the DOTs" crew consists of ACE’s lead educator in Los Angeles, Ethan Burke, and ACE’s national campaigns manager, Michael LaFemina. Burke purchased the bus-affectionately known as "The Bluebird"-secondhand two years ago and converted the bus to run on recycled vegetable oil with his bare hands. The crew will deliver ACE’s popular multimedia presentation on climate change and solutions, give tours of the various eco-friendly bus components, and work as informal mechanics, roadies, cleaning staff and chefs.

About "The Bluebird" Bus

The Bluebird will function as eco-friendly transportation, lodging for the crew and a mobile classroom to educate high school students about climate change.

Fun facts about The Bluebird include:
- Top speed is a legal 55 mph
- Zero to fifty in 35 seconds
- Range of 1,500 miles when fully fueled (max capacity is 200 gallons)
-- On par with conventional bus fuel economy
- Usually get fuel from fast food restaurant fryers
-- Has been known to smell like delicious French fries
- Solar panels power rooftop concerts, laptops, cell phones, lights, and the fridge
- Most furnishings are reused—from bamboo hardwood floors to the leather on the benches

Connect the DOTs Schedule

The "Connect the DOTs" Tour has scheduled the following events, but, as in any great road trip, plans may change. Please visit for the latest.

- Saturday, July 17: Beach Clean-Up (w/ Heal the Bay), 9 am - 11 am; Venice Beach @ Rose Ave
- Saturday, July 17: Learning Gardens at Venice High School – private event
- Wednesday, July 21: COSMOS summer camp - private event
- Thursday, July 22: Academy By The Sea (w/ The Wiley One concert), private event
- Friday, July 23: YMCA Krause Family Skate Park (w/ The Wiley One concert), 2 pm - 6 pm; 3401 Clairemont Drive, San Diego, CA 92117
- Saturday, July 24: Beach Clean-Up (w/ Surfrider), 10 - 12 am; South Mission Beach Jetty, San Diego
- Sunday, July 25: Griffith Park concert (w/ The Wiley One concert), 12 - 5 pm; 4730 Crystal Springs Drive, Los Angeles, 90027 (near the merry-go-round)
- Monday, July 26: Whole Foods (w/ The Wiley One concert), 11 am – 2 pm; 11666 National Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064
- Tuesday, July 27: Sony Pictures (w/ The Wiley One concert), Los Angeles - private event
- Thursday, July 29: USC Neighborhood Initiative - private event
- Friday, July 30: California Science Center Summer Camps, 9am - 6pm; 700 Exposition Park Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90037
- Monday, Aug 2: Aquarium of the Pacific, 9am - 6pm; 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802
- Friday, August 6: DOT Day at the Aquarium of the Bay, 9 am – 6 pm; Pier 39, San Francisco
- Saturday, August 7: California Academy of Sciences (w/ The Big Green Bus), San Francisco, 10 am - 5 pm; 55 Music Concourse Dr., Golden Gate Park, San Francisco


About ACE

ACE :: Alliance for Climate Education is a national nonprofit dedicated to educating America's high school students about climate science and solutions. We educate students through free in-person multimedia assemblies presenting climate science that sticks; we inspire students to lower their emissions and raise their voices; and we activate students to take on carbon-reducing projects in their schools and communities. ACE reached more than 420,000 students nationwide and visited nearly 900 high schools in the 2009-2010 school year.

Founded in 2008, ACE is headquartered in Oakland, California, with educators in New York, Washington, DC, Los Angeles, Chicago, New England, Denver, Atlanta, Houston and Austin. To learn more about our programs, visit
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