Our first joint educator/student Hawaiʻi Green Collar Institute seminar on June 5-8 was a great success, according to the evaluations we received from our participants. We heard, “Great workshop. Makes me excited to get back into the classroom,” and “Have more workshops like this. I would definitely go to the ones in the future. What a life-changing experience.” We wish to thank the 14 teachers and 14 students who attended, our 5 field trip hosts, and 13 speakers for making such an impact on all of us. There were many highlights, including the visit to Happyponics in Lualualei Valley, where we learned how to build our own aquaponic systems for use as classroom resources. Mahalo also to the HSTA and DOE for assisting with the offering of professional development credits.
This was our schedule:
June 5 – Theme on Sustainable models
Visited Kipuka Kalani ‘Iki project (an agricultural and natural resources program at Kalani High School) and participated in hands-on activity led by educators Stephen Kow and Ken Kajihara
June 6 - Theme on Native Plant Conservation and Wastewater Management and Recycling
Visited LCC’s native plant nursery and worked on seed propagation, heard from guest speaker Lilian Stoddard of the State Department of Health on wastewater management, and visited Synagro, a wastewater sludge recycling program.
June 7 – Theme on Aquaponics as a Method of Sustainable Agriculture and Wastewater Recycling
Visited Happyponics in Lualualei Valley, an aquaponics farm, and worked in teams to build aquaponic systems for their schools. Also visited Kahumana Farm, an organic “farm to table” operation with an impressive aquaponic system.
June 8 – Theme on Wai‘anae Waste and Water Issues, Synthesis of Program
Heard from guest speaker Donna Kahakui, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Special Agent, discussed ideas generated and lessons learned to be taken back to school.
- Informational flyer
- Teacher application form
- - Student application form
- Course syllabus for professional development (for teachers only)
This session of HGCI was conducted by Mālama Learning Center in partnership with Leeward Community College and the Hawaiʻi State Teachers Association. Funding for this program was made possible by a grant from the State Departments of Health and Business, Economic Development, and Tourism.