Environmental Law Society:
WHAT'S HAPPENING IN ELS?
ELS NEWS & RECENT EVENTS
ELS Announces the ELS 2009 Summer Grant (3.12.2009)
ELS Lunch Sale Fundraiser (12.2.2008)
ELS Cleans Up Manoa Stream (11.2.2008)
ELS Announces its "Be Green Challenge" Pilot Project (10.23.2008)
ELS Coffee Mugs Have Arrived (10.20.2008)
Coffee Sales in the Courtyard (9.17.2008)
ELS T-Shirts Have Arrived (8.10.2008)
2008 Hawaii Conservation Conference (7.31.2008)
ELS Receives 2008 Good Neighbor Award (7.1.2008)
Adopt-A-Stream: Manoa Stream Clean-Up (4.19.2008)
UHM’s 7th Annual Earth Day Sustainability Fest (4.18.2008)
On April 10, 2009, ELS volunteers and friends participated in the latest Stream Clean-Up Event as part of the City & County of Honolulu's Adopt-A-Stream program. ELS members volunteer twice each year to clean up garbage and other debris from Manoa Stream. Volunteers roved the banks of the Manoa-Palolo Drainage Channel in search of litter and debris in this important effort to beautify the local stream. The event continues to be an important tradition for ELS. This year, the Stream Clean-Up was made possible by the efforts of ELS Project Coordinator Leslie Cole-Brooks. ELS plans to organize another stream clean-up event in Fall 2009.
Spring 2009 Stream Clean-Up Crew
The Environmental Law Society (ELS) is pleased to announce the No Ke Ola O Ka `Āina ("For the Life of the Land") ELS 2009 Summer Grant. The application for the Summer Grant is due April 8, 2009, at 10:00pm. The purpose of the grant is to encourage students of the William S. Richardson School of Law (WSRSL) to participate in career opportunities relating to the environment and to help WSRSL fulfill its mission of educating prospective lawyers who will practice environmental law in Hawai`i.
Click here for an application and to learn more about the grant.
Visit the ELP Awards Page to learn more about past grant recipients.
On December 2, 2008, ELS volunteers gathered in front of the administration building to sell plate lunches and desserts to students and faculty. ELS members contributed dishes for the lunch sale to raise funds for the ELS Summer Grant. Dishes included beef stew, curry shrimp, tofu stir fry, fried chicken, and homemade cookies, brownies, and other sweet treats.
"We had a really great turn out. We were able to raise a lot of money for the grant, and it is definitely something we would like to do again in the future," mentioned ELS officer Noah Gibson when asked to describe the event’s success.
On November 2, 2008, ELS volunteers and friends participated in the latest Stream Clean-Up Event as part of the City & County of Honolulu's Adopt-A-Stream program. ELS members volunteer twice each year to clean up garbage and other debris from Manoa Stream. Nearly 20 student volunteers roved the banks of the Manoa-Palolo Drainage Channel in search of litter and debris in this important effort to beautify the local stream. The event was organized by ELS Project Coordinator Leslie Cole-Brooks and Kate Bryant-Greenwood. ELS plans to organize another stream clean-up event in Spring 2009.
Student volunteers working hard to beautify Manoa Stream.
With the support of the SBA, the ELP, and the law school Administration, ELS has developed a pilot project, entitled the "Be Green Challenge," that will significantly reduce the law school's overall waste and heighten our community's environmental awareness. The "Be Green Challenge" will provide student organizations with FREE compostable (biodegradable) products (cups, plates, sporks, trash bags, etc...) in exchange for hosting a "green event." Student organizations must satisfy five criteria to qualify for the free products:
- Use biodegradable, compostable, recyclable, and reusable products during the event, including but not limited to cutlery, plates, cups, and napkins.
- Minimize use of resources, i.e., by carpooling, emailing event materials, etc.
- Advertise the event as a “green” event.
- Complete/attend one service project a semester relating to the preservation and conservation of our environment.
- Complete the "Be Green Challenge" Evaluation Report upon the completion of the event.
To learn more about the "Be Green Challenge" and to retrieve a materials packet, click here.
The pilot project was officially launched at a "green event" hosted by the Federalist Society on October 23, 2008, during which Lewis & Clark Law School Professor Jim Huffman shared his ideas about free market environmentalism. Local attorney William Tam, from Alston Hunt Flyod & Ing presented diverse commentary.
Students enjoying lunch at the first ever "Be Green Challenge" event.
These limited edition "Will Work for Green" coffee mugs are now on sale through ELS officers or at the ELS bi-weekly coffee sales. The mugs are $15, and the proceeds go toward funding the ELS Summer Grant.
If you are interested in purchasing an ELS coffee mug, please email your request to email@example.com.
HURRY UP! THEY'RE GOING QUICKLY!
On September 17, 2008, ELS successfully conducted its first coffee sales fundraiser of the school year. ELS members gathered in the law school courtyard to sell organic coffee and breakfast treats, like bagels and pastries, to hungry students and faculty. ELS even offered a discount on coffee to customers who brought their own resuable mugs. Money raised at the coffee sales goes towards funding the ELS Summer Grant.
ELS will continue to sell organic coffee throughout the semester, Every 1st and 3rd Wednesday. Coffee sales are also a great time to purchase limited edition "Will Work for Reefs" t-shirts and "Will Work for Green" coffee mugs, the proceeds of which also benefit the summer grant program.
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These limited edition t-shirts were designed to commemorate 2008 as the International Year of the Reef. T-shirts are $20, made of 100% organic cotton with water-based ink; they are pesticide and herbicide free.
T-shirt sales go towards funding the ELS Summer Grant.
If you are interested in purchasing an ELS t-shirt, please email your request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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ELS and ELP co-sponsored an exhibit at the 16th Annual Hawaii Conservation Conference (HCC) on July 29-31, 2008. ELS students and ELP Director Denise Antolini were among over 800 participants who gathered at the Hawaii Convention Center for the event. Held annually in the last week of July, the HCC is the largest gathering of people actively involved in the protection and management of Hawaii’s natural environment. The purpose of the conference is to facilitate information transfer and interaction between natural resource managers and the scientific community.
The theme of the 16th Annual HCC was Island Ecosystems: The Year of the Reef. Although the 2008 theme commemorated the International Year of the Reef, all aspects of science and management of island ecosystems - terrestrial and marine - were covered. Conference participants attended plenary sessions, a poster exhibition, and a variety of symposia and workshops. For more information on the conference, visit the 2008 HCC Homepage.
The ELS/ELP exhibit provided conference participants with information about the law school and the Environmental Law Program. ELP Research Associates Jamila Jarmon and Melissa Farris passed out program brochures, answered visitors' questions, and sold ELS "Will Work for Reefs" t-shirts to raise money for the ELS Summer Grant. They were assisted by ELS student volunteers Sophie DeLaCour and Danielle Seress. Other exhibits at the Conference provided information on various conservation efforts around the State, including recycling programs, recruitment for employment in the conservation field, and public awareness campaigns. When asked about her experiences at the HCC, Melissa Farris responded, "The HCC continues to be an exciting opportunity for students and the University to connect and interact with others in the conservation field. It's incredibly inspiring to see so many people dedicated to conservation all gathered in one place."
ELP Research Associates Melissa Farris (left) and Jamila Jarmon (right) helping out with the ELP/ELS booth at the 2008 Hawaii Conservation Conference.
In Spring 2008, ELS was recognized for its oustanding commitment to community service by receiving the 2008 Good Neighbor Award for its participation in the City and County of Honolulu's Adopt-A-Stream Program. The award was presented in April 2008 by Mayor Mufi Hannemann at Kapolei Hale during the Adopt-A-Stream Program's annual gathering. Specifically, ELS was recognized for its participation in the new "Mauka to Makai" program where neighborhood groups participate in holistic, ahupua`a-style stream and city block clean-ups.
The Manoa Stream Clean-up Progam continues to be an important ELS tradition.
ELS remains an active participant in the City & County of Honolulu's Adopt-A-Stream program. ELS members volunteer twice each year to clean up garbage and other debris from Manoa Stream. The latest Stream Clean-Up Event took place on April 19, 2008, organized by ELS members Kate Bryant-Greenwood and Anthony Herndon. Student volunteers roved the banks of the Manoa-Palolo Drainage Channel in search of litter and debris in this important effort to beautify the local stream. It is an exciting and fun opportunity for ELS members to particpate in helping the community. ELS has been with the program for over 10 years and plans to continue the tradition..
On April 18, 2008, ELP and the Environmental Law Society (ELS) sponsored a booth at UHM’s 7th Annual Earth Day Sustainability Fest. The all-day event included an open-air market, educational booths, and live entertainment. At the ELP/ELS booth, student volunteers passed out informational brochures, gave away free DVDs and stickers, and sold locally-grown organic coffee. ELP and ELS co-sponsored the booth with the Manoa Climate Change Commission, a interdisciplinary group of faculty on campus working on climate change issues.