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Old school bus will be turned into classroom, plant nursery in South LA

It’ll be a permanent fixture at a new wellness center

An old diesel bus is on its way to becoming an outdoor classroom and library in South LA. Once totally redone, the Veggie Bus will be a permanent component of the wellness center being built at the Paul Robeson Community Wellness Center, near 66th Street and Vermont, according to the Los Angeles chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council.

The location is the headquarters of the community organization Community Services Unlimited, which has been operating in the area since the late 1970s.

So far, the out-of-commission bus has been stripped of its old flooring and seating and its exterior paint has been refreshed. New designs have been drafted for the bus’s interior, which will hold a classroom, plant nursery, and seed library. The USGBC-LA is providing funding and volunteers for the project.

The chapter’s executive director, Dominique Hargreaves, called the Veggie Bus a “bright, inspiring endeavor” that will directly benefit South LA residents.

“Urban agriculture is an important facet of sustainable communities and this project is at the intersection of urban ag and sustainable building,” she says.

A rendering of the plans for the Paul Robeson Wellness Center.
U.S. Green Building Council-Los Angeles

The bus will be just one very cool part of CSU’s planned headquarters, which will continue the themes of sustainability and reuse by incorporating elements like solar panels and water-catching systems. It will also use reclaimed materials in its design. CSU is working toward bringing an organic produce market, an urban farm, and a commercial kitchen to the wellness center.