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Hawaiian Legacy Hardwoods Honored as One of Best Environmental Businesses in World

Hawaiian Legacy Hardwoods Honored as One of Best Environmental Businesses in World

Today, 84 companies worldwide were recognized for creating the most positive environmental impact by the nonprofit B Lab with the release of the third annual “B Corp Best for the Environment” list. The “B Corp Best for the Environment” list honors businesses that earned an environmental impact score in the top 10 percent of all Certified B Corporations on the B Impact Assessment, a rigorous and comprehensive assessment of a company’s impact on its workers, community and the environment. Honorees were recognized among micro, small and mid-sized businesses.

Third Annual “BikeUHM” in tandem with UH Manoa Earth Day Festival

Third Annual “BikeUHM” in tandem with UH Manoa Earth Day Festival

BikeUHM 2014: Earth Cycles is an appreciation and promotional event for those who bike and who are thinking of bicycling to UH Mānoa. This year’s BikeUHM, staged outdoors along the scenic Legacy Path, coincides with the University’s Earth Day Festival on Thursday, April 24. This free informational fair between 8:00 and 10:00 a.m. features such participatory activities as ebike test drives, a refurbished bike sale, even tricycle rides for novice cyclists.

The highlight of BikeUHM 2014 is Manoa Chancellor Tom Apple's bike/shuttle ride, intended to demonstrate the feasibility of combining alternative commute modes. Chancellor Apple will lead a bike tour through Kaimukī, and complete the final leg of his trip to the BikeUHM event on one of the University’s Rainbow Shuttles. He and his escorts, among them the “Red Hot Ladies” of Hawaii Bicycling League, are scheduled to arrive at Legacy Path around 9:30 a.m.

Manoa Library Celebrates Earth Day with Free Events in April

Manoa Library Celebrates Earth Day with Free Events in April

The Manoa Public Library will celebrate Earth Day 2014 with free programs and events for the whole family in April 2014:

•             April 19 (Saturday), 10 a.m. to noon – “Urban Farming with Malama Manoa.”  Malama Manoa, a non-profit organization, will present the following Earth Day activities:

               >             Laying Hens: Meet Ameraucana, Buff Orpington, and Cuckoo Maran (also known as ‘Chocolate Eggers’) and see their eggs

               >             Beehives and Honey: Experience an (empty) backyard beehive and taste homegrown honeycomb

maluhia honua – 2014 aloha festivals to honor polynesian voyaging society’s world voyage

 maluhia honua – 2014 aloha festivals to honor polynesian voyaging society’s world voyage

Hawaiʻi Students Encouraged to Participate in Poster Design Contest

HONOLULU – This year’s Aloha Festivals pays tribute to the upcoming worldwide voyage of the Polynesian Voyaging Society’s Hōkūleʻa and its mission to promote world peace with its theme, “Maluhia Honua – World Peace With Aloha.”

“The 2014 theme was inspired by a song composed by Irmgard Farden Aluli entitled ‘For a Peaceful World’ and honors the Polynesian Voyaging Society’s mission to promote world peace,” said Helene “Sam” Shenkus, co-chair of the Aloha Festivals board of directors. “The mission of Aloha Festivals is to foster the Aloha Spirit through the perpetuation of the Hawaiian culture and the celebration of the diverse customs and traditions of Hawaiʻi.”

Five more DOE schools now powered by the sun

 Five more DOE schools now powered by the sun

Hawaii Pacific Solar (HPS) recently completed the installation of photovoltaic systems at five Honolulu schools: Gus Webling Elementary, Washington Middle School, Palolo Elementary, King William Lunalilo Elementary and Prince Jonah Kuhio Elementary. Each of these Department of Education schools is estimated to save $600,000 to $700,000 over the 20-year life of the system.

 

“As more and more schools rely on solar energy for power, the energy conservation and cost savings will continue to have a large impact on DOE and State budgets,” said Bob Johnston, president and CEO of HPS. “We have now 16 Oahu schools with PV systems, and 15 Kauai schools are in the process of installation and should be complete this summer.”

 

Hale Kipa’s Innovative Spring Education/Vocational Program Assists 15 Youth with Hands-On Learning

Hale Kipa’s Innovative Spring Education/Vocational Program  Assists 15 Youth with Hands-On Learning

 

Hale Kipa’s spring education/vocational (Ed/Voc) session helped 15 Oahu youth ages 12 to 18 years old gain critical job and life skills through hands-on, farm- and sea-to-table learning experiences at the Honolulu Fish Auction, Lyon Arboretum and the Agricultural Learning Center at Leilehua High School.

The five-day spring session was the latest in a series of four innovative Ed/Voc Program sessions held throughout the year to help teach youth effective habits for achieving success. The program is specially designed for youth who are struggling academically, reigniting youth’s interest in learning with multi-faceted lessons outside a more traditional classroom setting.

Punahou student videographer wins c-span award

 Punahou student videographer wins c-span award

Filmmaker Matt Shimura ’15 turned his lens on the issue of clean energy to produce a winning video that will be broadcast nationally during the month of April.

“Breaking the Gridlock,” a 7-minute documentary that highlights the need for a national clean energy plan, took second place in the high school – west division of C-SPAN’s 2014 StudentCam contest. Students were invited to answer the question: “What is the most important issue the U.S. Congress should consider in 2014?” The annual documentary competition drew 2,355 entries from 46 states, Washington, D.C., Taiwan and the United Arab Emirates.

Matt, who’s been making films since fourth grade, notes in the video that the issue of energy is especially acute in Hawai‘i, where “we still rely on fossil fuels for over 80 percent of our energy needs.” Even as the state moves ahead with a clean energy initiative, a national approach remains gridlocked by the lack of regulatory agreement among states.