The Off the Grid Across the USA Adventure

The Off the Grid Across the USA Adventure
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Cycling coast to coast for sustainability
Cycling 4,500 miles across the USA, that’s the easy part. So what’s the hard part? How about doing it completely off the grid? For three months, adventurer Rob Greenfield will be showing and inspiring US Americans how to live sustainably and decrease their environmental impact. He will be:

  • Using electricity generated by portable alternative energy devices
  • Creating near zero trash
  • Using water from natural sources
  • Eating locally produced organic and unpackaged foods
  • Composting all food waste
  • Shopping at businesses that are committed to creating a healthy planet

The adventure begins at the San Francisco Earth Day Celebration on April 20th, and will take Rob through 19 states. Traveling mostly on ‘blue highways’, he will also be spending time in cities including Salt Lake City, Denver, Kansas City, St. Louis, Milwaukee, Chicago, Cleveland, Philadelphia, New York, Providence and Boston.

The journey is scheduled to end on August 1st at the 1% for the Planet Headquarters in Waitsfield, Vermont. During the three month trip Rob will be raising $10,000 for 1% for the Planet non-profits, including Guitars in the Classroom and Below the Surface, as well as finding 20 new businesses to join the 1% for the Planet movement. 1% for the Planet is a growing global movement of over 1,000 companies that donate 1% of their sales to environmental organizations worldwide.

Along the way, Rob will be hosting zero waste events and bicycle rides, visiting environmental causes and businesses that practice corporate social responsibility, promoting sustainable products, working with community gardens, practicing the ukulele, and hosting do good giveaways via Facebook. The journey will be documented by Brent Martin, and can be followed online at

Key ingredients of the adventure include sponsorships by Dr. Bronners, Goal Zero, Bamboosero, Drips Water, Kala Brand Music, PowerPot, neat-os, Dinkum Systems, Volontourism, Bokashi Earth and The Greenfield Group.

This adventure is now a book! Dude Making a Difference is the exciting and inspirational story of my bike ride across the United States on a bamboo bike. Go to to get a copy or learn more about it. 100% of my proceeds are donated to environmental grassroots nonprofits!

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