Community Outreach

‘Tis the Season for Minimizing Waste

While the holiday season brings people together, it’s also the time of year that generates the most trash and waste materials. Celebrate sustainability this holiday season with these environmentally friendly ways to reduce, re-use, and recycle:

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Zero-Waste Holiday Decorating and Gift Giving

Get ready for the holidays in style with these simple decorating ideas that will transform any home into a winter wonderland. Eco-Friendly Gift Wrapping Alternatives: Make your gift standout under the tree this season with these alternative gift wrapping options made from old magazines, maps, and newspapers. Learn more. DIY Ornaments: Decorate your Christmas tree […]

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Zero-Waste Cooking this Thanksgiving

Holidays can be stressful, but deciding what to do with your Thanksgiving leftovers should be a piece of cake! Get creative with these recipes made from Thanksgiving staples like turkey, bread and veggies. Turkey Jook: For a local take on leftovers, grab some ginger and rice to make this delicious turkey jook. Read the full […]

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How to Be “Green” on Black Friday

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, millions of shoppers around the world will soon be flocking to malls, department stores, and retailers in celebration of the busiest shopping day of the year, Black Friday. Although this unofficial shopping bonanza creates opportunities for bargain hunters to save on their favorite brand names, Black Friday also generates […]

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Make a Difference Month

Across the nation, millions of people will be joining forces this October to celebrate “Make A Difference Month.” In Hawaii, the State of Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT), Highways Division is calling all keiki, kupuna, and concerned local residents to “make a difference” by helping prevent storm water pollution throughout October in celebration of Make […]

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2018 Annual Maintenance Baseyard Storm Water Training Champions

Congratulations to the Honolulu Crew for winning the Annual Maintenance Baseyard Storm Water Training Quiz Competition. The training and quiz event took place in July, with heavy competition between the 13 maintenance crews. The Honolulu Crew had the highest average score on the post-training quiz (average of 19.45 points out of 20 possible). As the […]

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How to “Upcycle” Your Laundry Detergent Container Into a Beach Bucket

Summer is for beach days, and what’s a beach day without fun toys? Follow this simple DIY to make a recycled beach bucket. When you’ve used up your laundry detergent, don’t throw away the container! Upcycle the container into a beach bucket. Simply cut off the bottom of the container, preferably at an angle, and […]

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Make Your Own Mini Greenhouse

If you have limited space and a green thumb, try this simple DIY to make your own miniature greenhouse! All you have to do is remove the bottom of a large plastic bottle (preferably a gallon jug), unscrew the cap, place over a seedling, and you have a greenhouse! Although simple, it is surprisingly effective […]

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Recap of School Visits

As the 2017 – 2018 school year comes to a close, we say “Mahalo” to all the students and teachers who participated in our school presentations! This year, our Storm Water team visited the following schools to share information about Oahu’s storm drains and tips on how to prevent storm water pollution. Pohakea Elementary School […]

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Home Water Conservation

Compared to other states across the nation, water conservation has been a prevalent practice throughout Hawaii’s history in which residents are encouraged to proactively conserve our island’s natural resources. From cleaning dishes, taking showers, and flushing toilets, our daily tasks add up and can result in many gallons of water being used every month. Conserving […]

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