2022 Sustainability Showcase

Happy Earth Month!

As part of the 2022 Ho'olaule'a Celebration, Honolulu Community College is presenting its annual Sustainability Showcase - virtual and on-campus events to promote greater environmental awareness and responsibility. Please check out the following activities and resources encouraging sustainable lifestyles, awareness and commitment.

Trash to Treasures Contest (Virtual)

Chess set made out of recycled material

Open to all members of the campus: students, faculty, staff and administrators. Pictures of projects will be displayed on Padlet and prizes given for the best projects (those receiving the most like votes on Padlet) in two categories: student projects and faculty/staff/administrator projects. Prizes are provided by donations including from Student Life and Development and student leaders.

Check out the creative projects submitted!

Sustainability Hacks (Virtual)

Five environmental R's: Refusing; Reducing; Reusing; Recycling; Repurposing

Share a short video with the campus community tips and habits that promote greater sustainability. Your tips should be related to one of the five environmental R's: Refusing; Reducing; Reusing; Recycling; Repurposing. Your video should be no more than 1 minute. These will be shared on a Padlet page during Earth Week (April 18-22). Open to all members of the campus: students, faculty, staff and administrators.

Check out ways you can be more sustainable with these useful, creative tips.

Zoom Workshops (Virtual)

Origami crane

Campus faculty will share their expertise on sustainability topics and practices during Ho'olaule'a week.

Monday 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Dynamic Teaching with Sustainability
Brenda Coston
Learn how to create exciting sustainability assignments in your courses
Register for Dynamic Teaching with Sustainability

Tuesday 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Sustainable Origami
Jill Teraizumi
Learn how to turn your magazines or recycled paper into origami cranes
Register for Sustainable Origami

Wednesday 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
You See T-Shirt, I see Bag!
Erica Balbag-Gerard
There is still life in the old t-shirt! You see a t-shirt, I see a bag! In this workshop you will learn how to re-engineer that old t-shirt into a functional bag.
Register for You See T-Shirt, I see Bag!

Seedling Giveaway (On Campus)

Several potted plants on a cart

Stop by to get a free seedling to take home for your garden or lanai or windowsill. There will be a variety of plants (herbs, food plants, native plants) to choose from and you will receive information on how to care for the plant.

The Hale on campus (courtyard of Building 5)

Monday, March 18
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Wednesday, March 20
1:00 PM- 3:00 PM

View detailed information about all the plants given away - learn more about these plants, their cultural uses and significance, and how to care for them.

You can also learn more about the pothos plants being given out by the HonCC Student Activities Board

Project Uluwehi – Grow a Pothos Plant

See link to information about cultivating a pothos plant

Climate Quizzes – Check Out Your Knowledge of Environmental Topics

Puzzle pieces

Below are links to five short videos explaining important facts and dispelling myths about causes and impacts of climate change. These are part of a wonderful series by Dr. Kathy Hayhoe, renowned atmospheric scientist: Global Weirding: Climate, Politics, and Religion. You can check out all the videos.

Ho'olaule'a Activity

Watch the linked video (9 – 10 minutes each) and answer the questions about what you learned on the Google Quiz. Each link takes you to a different video and Google Quiz.

I'm Just One Person, What Can I Do?

What's the Big Deal with a Few Degrees?

Fossil Fuels

Climate Models

This is All Just a Part of a Natural Cycle, Right?

If you do three or more quizzes, you are eligible to receive a Hawaiian Plate Curb-Side Pick Up meal as well as complementary reusable dish and cutlery (donated by Student Government and Student Life and Development). Meal pick up is at HonCC on Friday, April 22 (see details).

You must fill out an evaluation after completing 3 or more quizzes to register for this give away. You must have completed the quizzes and evaluation form no later than 12:00 midnight, Thursday April 21 to be eligible for a Hawaiian Plate pick up and giveaway.

Sustainability Best Practices

View of earth and moon from space

Check out these tips and resources to reduce your consumption and environmental footprint. Make a commitment for Earth Month to use less and recycle and repurpose more!


Consumption Habits - Tips for Being a More Conscientious Consumer

Best Practices to Reduce Use of Paper