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"Greener Days" at Honolulu Community College

Three-day sustainability event celebrates Earth Day a month early

Honolulu Community College
Billie K. Takaki Lueder, (808) 778-8589
Marketing/Public Relations Representative
Posted: Mar 28, 2011

WHO:       Honolulu Community College’s Student Life and Development office is sponsoring a three-day sustainability event
entitled, “Be the Change: Honolulu CC Go Green Days.”
WHEN:    Tuesday, March 29 – Thursday, March 31, 2011
                  11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
WHERE:  Honolulu Community College on the campus mall
                  874 Dillingham Boulevard
WHAT:     In early celebration of Earth Day on April 22, 2011, Honolulu Community College will be hold a multi-day
educational awareness celebration around sustainability. The three-day event is free to the public and will include a swap
meet and a “Recycling for a Reason” campaign. All individuals are encouraged to bring their plastic bottles and aluminum
cans to campus in which the proceeds raised will be donated to the Hawai‘i chapter of the American Red Cross to aid the
earthquake and tsunami victims in Japan.
According to, roughly 50 billion plastic water bottles end up in U.S. landfills each year, which comes out to 140 million every day! That’s enough, laid end to end, to reach China and back each day. “In 2008, Americans drank an average of 215 bottles of water, and Honolulu Community College will string together a visual representation of what that looks like. The idea is to raise awareness and make 'Going Green' not just a fad but a conscious lifestyle change,” shares Emily Kukulies, director of student life and development.
Other events being planned are a light bulb trade in for energy-efficient fluorescent bulbs in partnership with the Blue Planet Foundation; WheelGo will offer a car demonstration of their energy-efficient vehicles; free herb plants will be passed out for people to take home and cultivate; sustainable-themed movies will be shown in the student lounge; a special tie-dye project will be conducted by chemistry instructor Mike Ferguson; and Honolulu CC students will offer a display showcasing a net-zero energy home that is currently under construction as one of 20 worldwide entries in the 2011 U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon to be held in Washington D.C. this fall as a part of Team Hawai‘i.

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