Trash Reduction Plan

Did you know that approximately 8 million metric tons of plastic and other debris ends up in the world’s oceans every year? In addition to being unsightly while enjoying a day at the beach, these plastics and other debris threaten entire ecosystems and the food supply of both wild animals and humans. The State of […]

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2018 Protect Our Water Conference

The State of Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) hosted its 2018 Protect Our Water Conference on Wednesday, November 14, 2018, at Pōmaikaʻi Ballrooms. At the conference, approximately 400 attendees comprised of HDOT employees, contractors, subcontractors, consultants, other MS4 permittees, vendors, and state and federal agencies discussed best management practices concerning construction storm water. Thank you […]

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28-Day Plastic Purge Challenge

The New Year is here! Be “green” in 2019 and add sustainability to your list of New Years Resolutions by taking the “28-Day Plastic Purge Challenge.” Plastic is everywhere and can harbor harmful materials such as phthalates and BPA. The focus of the “28-Day Plastic Purge” is to be more aware of these toxic chemicals […]

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DOT HWYS Oahu’s Q4 2018 Adopt-A-Highway Champions

Congratulations to the Fleet and Family Readiness Program, HDOT Highways, Oahu District’s First Quarter 2019 Adopt-A-Highway Champions! Their route is along Farrington Highway from Waipahu Depot Street to Leoleo Street. “As members of the Fleet and Family Readiness Program, we believe in giving back to our community and making Oahu a cleaner and trash-free environment […]

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‘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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BMP Tip: Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plans

What is a Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP)? Do you have a plan in place that identifies potential sources of storm water pollution on your construction project and best management practices and procedures to be implemented throughout all phases of construction to minimize the amount of pollutants in storm water? Construction sites are dynamic, […]

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Storm Water Treatment BMPs and Maintenance

Over the past several years the State of Hawaii Department of Transportation, Highways Division (DOT-HWYS) has continued to design and construct permanent storm water treatment best management practices (PBMPs) as part of their Post-Construction Storm Water Management Program, Action Plan for Retrofitting Structural BMPs, and Trash Reduction Plan. As of the summer of 2018 there […]

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