LEAP 1.0

The Inaugural LEAP Academy group

The Crew

As the first crew, we focused on a range of ages and interests. Ultimately, we were tied together in taking on waste related project.s. We divided into two teams, the WTF (Waste Task Force) and Team Precious.


noan_nameI have been in Green School for a while, and always have admired the power of intrinsically motivated learning. So, I jumped at the chance to join the LEAP Academy, where I hope to see students thrive in an environment of their own creation.

Waste has always been a topic I veer away from with students, largely because in my experience we have never created an appealing platform in how to properly cover waste. Whenever we try, we build a bit of an ecophobic element around it, or externalize the responsibility. So it is with great hope that in LEAP Academy we can create a new, more progressive platform to learn about waste.

If you want to see what I have been up to in more detail, please check out my digital CV.


The First LEAP Academy team was put together with a desire to provide assistance to Kembali, the social enterprise that manages waste throughout the Green School Community. We decided to take on an approach where we divided the students into two teams of 5 students, and then each team took on a package of projects they decided upon. The projects were geared towards easy to accomplish, moderately challenging, and a moon shot. Below are highlights from the projects they undertook.

The Subak Strainer

Bali has one of the most amazing engineering feats on the planet, and it can easily be bypassed by tourists and underappreciated by locals. It is called the Subak, a combination of an organizing body and irrigration channels that provide water to much of Bali’s rice paddies. However, these channels are increasingly being gummed up by waste. We designed an apparatus that would catch waste that was running down the river, and could be easily harvested. In the end we learned much more organic waste comes down the rivers than we expected, but we were still able to collect tens of kilos of waste each day at our experiment post.


This project looked at one of the more superfluous uses of plastic waste that tourists contribute to in Bali. The plastic straw. After some analysis of local beaches, it was obvious that straws needed to be removed from restaurants. The students teamed up with Biobus and petitioned for restaurants to not only give in their used cooking oil, but make a pledge to offer straws only when requested.