Mar 15, 2010

How much is a penny worth? ...

A penny by itself is not worth much UNTIL you find another, then another, and then still another lying on the ground lost and forgotten until you happen to walk by and pick them up. It is so easy to let them lay there either consciously or unaware as it is to pick them up determined and focused. This principle to be aware and to consciously look for these pennies is the ideal behind the Pennies for Patients Program Fundraiser that my oldest daughter took part in recently, and of which I was hooked into as the opportunities to look for these coins were during life's daily errands. It is amazing how many pennies and how many OTHER coins of greater value can also be found in a short trip to the store, in a parking lot, or in a walk around the neighborhood. In the end, it all adds up and every penny counts.

This same principle can be applied to living green as seen in this article on Kanu Hawai'i. The simple commitments that one individual can take to live greener, healthier lives become so much more when combined with several other thousands of individuals committed to the same ideal.

Interested in picking up your first (proverbial) penny? Taking your first step towards green living?

Look here no further at Kanu Hawaii's website to see how you can begin to walk, to trot, to jog, and to keep that forward momentum towards attaining sustainable living.


You can also check out the Green section in Honolulu Advertiser’s newspaper online for more exciting and invaluable articles, tips and recommendations for green living in Hawai’i.

Mar 3, 2010

Ka Mole o Na Pua Festival - Saturday April 24th

Save the date: Ka Mole o Na Pua Festival
Saturday April 24th
Leeward Community College
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM


The following video highlights last years 2009 Ka Mole Festival.

Can this invention really save the world?

New legislation will require everyone to begin moving away from the age old inefficient incandescent bulbs to more efficient compact fluorescent lights. But can the CFL really save the world?

A great article by U.S. News and World Report answering frequently asked questions, FAQ: The End of the Light Bulb as We Know It .

An informative Wikipedia page to learn more about the design of the CFL and how they work.

What has your experience been like so far using a CFL at home? (comment below)

Mar 2, 2010

Malama 'Aina Online Course

In celebration of Earth Day on April 22 why not enroll in an online course focused on Malama 'Aina. The 3 week Malama 'Aina course is offered worldwide through the award winning Kamehameha Schools Distance Learning group. Explore how traditional Hawaiians lived to allow for the preservation of natural resources and why the Hawaiians held land with such high regard.

More information is available at http://ksdl.ksbe.edu/whatsnew.html

Mar 1, 2010

A Billion Acts of Green

Earth Day Network invites everyone to participate in their "A Billion Acts of Green" Drive. Visit the Earth Day website, www.earthday.net, to pledge to perform any act to help protect the environment, even something as simple as using less water and electricity. So far, they have counted over 5 million pledges. What are you willing to do to help the Earth?

EARTH DAY TURNS 40!


Aloha! Thursday, April 22, 2010 is the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, a day which was started to promote environmental protection. Activities to enhance environmental awareness and action will take place all around the globe. The LCC Sustainability Committee is planning a variety of educational opportunities and other activities during the third week of April to promote sustainability on campus and beyond! The week will culminate in the Ka Mole o Na Pua Festival on Saturday, April 24 here at LCC. Stay tuned for more news! If you have a suggestion for an activity in conjunction with Earth Day, please contact Eileen Cain at cain@hawaii.edu or Tara Rojas at tmuramot@hawaii.edu.