Kaua'i CC joins hands to celebrate Earth Day 2015

Kauaʻi Community College
Camilla Matsumoto, (808) 245-8280
Dir. Community Relations & Spec. Proj., Kauai Community College
Posted: Apr 20, 2015

LIHUE— Kaua'i Community College’s 'ohana will join hands to honor Earth Day 2015 at the campus Farm on April 22, starting from 12 noon. It will be a day to malama the 'aina right here at home. Students in the College’s Sustainability Club and GoFarm Hawai'i @ Kaua'i CC’s coordinator, Eric Hansen have organized the occasion. Hansen will lead participants in a variety of activities including planting perennial nitrogen fixing ground covers, making cuttings of existing ground cover plants, and helping to clean up the farm area. The Sustainability Club will provide a water refilling station and snacks.

“We decided that, for this year, spending grassroots quality time together taking care of our beloved campus would be the most meaningful way to honor the spirit of Earth Day,” said Helen Cox, Kaua'i CC’s chancellor.  “The theme of helping hands coming together to volunteer in an area that needs help is the perfect fit for us right now.  Together we can expand our support for a sustainable living community,” she said.  The Kaua'i CC Farm is the site of the campus Ho'ouluwehi:  The Sustainable Living Institute of Kaua'i's apiary, aquaponics, and prototype house projects, academic agriculture-related programs, and GoFarm Hawai'i @ Kaua'i CC.

The annual Earth Day marks the anniversary of what many regard as the modern environmental movement. It began in 1970 by Earth Day founders, Gaylord Nelson, then U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, Pete McCloskey, U.S. Congressman, and Denis Hayes as national coordinator. 20 million Americans took to the streets, beaches, parks, and campuses to advocate for a clean, sustainable environment.  Today, the advocacy continues, where climate change; clean air, water, oceans, and land; and growing healthy food are among the major themes for celebration and the expansion of personal and public awareness.

For more information on Kaua'i CC’s Earth Day 2015, contact Laura Williams at 245-8386.