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It's never too late to switch to
lifestyle that's eco-friendly and
follows a model of sustainability.
Shanah Trevenna, student
sustainability coordinator at
the University of Hawai'i-
Manoa, will teach
sustainability courses at the
University of Hawai'i-Manoa
Outreach College this
summer; $35, $25 for
students, plus $20 for an
optional text book, "The
To register or for details: 956-8400,
click on noncredit "courses &
workshops," then "business
Sustainability 101:Introduction. 1-3 p.m. June9.
Sustainability 101: BasicTraining for SustainableAction. 1-3 p.m. June 16.
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Posted on: Monday, March 23, 2009
10 great, green ideas
Advertiser Staff Writer
The green movement may have been around for years, but not
everyone has switched to an Earth-loving lifestyle.
It's never too late to start, said Shanah Trevenna, student
sustainability coordinator of Sustainable Saunders, an initiative at
University of Hawai'i-Manoa to evolve one of its on-campus
buildings, Saunders Hall, into a model of sustainability.
"As the new green economy grows, with greater widespread
awareness and billions in stimulus support, now is the perfect
time to join the movement with some simple eco-friendly
choices," Trevenna said.
Trevenna's work with Sustainable Saunders included coordinating
many no- to low-cost projects for water, waste and energy
management. A grad student in UH's Department of Urban and
Regional Planning, she aspires to become a professor of
Whether you're a newbie or just need a refresher, Trevenna offers
her top 10 tips complete with helpful Web sites on how to
start living greener.
5 EASY TIPS TO HELP CONSERVE ENERGY
A great and easy way to start is by conserving energy, Trevenna
"Hawai'i gets over 95 percent of its energy from burning fossil
fuels, which contributes to the pollution that is causing the weird
weather patterns and rising sea levels that will greatly affect our
Islands," Trevenna said. "Using less energy and transitioning to
renewable sources adds up to more money in your pocket and
contributes to a brighter future for everyone."
Switch from incandescent lightbulbs to compact fluorescentlightbulbs, which use 75 percent less energy and last up to 10times longer. Replacing just one 100-watt lightbulb, used sixhours per day, can save $48 per year. Go towww.heco.com/vcmcontent/StaticFiles/pdf/Energy-Tips-&-Choices-2008-Web.pdfto download a PDF guide to an energy-efficient home.
Get solar water heating, which can reduce a home'selectricity bill by 35 percent. It pays initial costs back in two
years or less with energy savings, tax breaks and utilityrebates, and savings roll in for decades, Trevenna says. Visithttp://hawaii.gov/dbedt/info/energy/renewable/solarforcontractors in Hawai'i.
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8/7/2019 10 Great, Green Ideas
Top row, fromleft: Tiffany Isobe,
Patrick Garcia, Shanah Trevenna,Keith Blake, NormWang, Naomi
Iwabuchi, Isao Kaji and Mike Foley.
Bottomrow, fromleft: Tamara
Armstrong and Vance Arakaki. They
run the Sustainable Saunders
initiative at the University of Hawai'i-
through the Sustainable
Saunders Internship Program
at the University of Hawai'i-
Manoa to guide you. The
initiative, run by a student
team called HUB, or Help us
Bridge, found $146,000 in no-
to low-cost energy savings in
one year at Saunders Hall,
alongside water and wastestream reductions. The team
found an additional $700,000
in no-cost energy savings at
The program's interns use
this expertise for homes and
helping to identify
opportunities to save through
energy, water and waste
assessments. Cost of a
consultation ranges from
$200 for a basic homeassessment to about $2,000
for a commercial assessment.
strip off when not in use. "Phantom loads" from yourcomputers, appliances and chargers can account for about 15percent of your energy bill. Visitwww.energy.gov/applianceselectronics.htm to learn more.
Use natural daylight and natural ventilation (cross breezes)of the trade winds, instead of air conditioning; this can reducea commercial building's energy use by 60 percent or more.More tips at www.hawaii.gov/dbedt/info/energy/efficiency .
Use a "green" loan or home equity loan to install renewableenergy systems, such as solar photovoltaic panels. It's "one ofthe most sound investments you can make in today'seconomy," Trevenna said. Using tax credits, systems can payfor themselves in as little as seven years and even generateprofits through savings and real estate appreciation. It's allspelled out at www.solarwavehawaii.com/financing.html .
FIVE MORE TIPS FOR ECO-FRIENDLY LIVING
Trevenna offers five additional tips to live a more eco-friendly
Stop using disposable plastic and toxic plastic foamcontainers. Instead, bring your own reusable shopping bag andfrequent restaurants that use bio-compostable take-out ware.Sustainable Saunders found that 85 percent of UH's foodservice trash could be composted into organic fertilizer if the
campus went plastic-free. Visit www.styrophobia.com to learnmore.
Shop locally owned businesses for everything from foods,clothing and housewares. Experts have found that for every$100 spent at a local vendor, $45 circulates in the localeconomy, while $100 spent in a national chain circulates $13.Visit www.honuguide.com to find $3,500 in coupon savings atlocal, sustainable businesses.
Recycle. Visit www .opala.org to find out what can berecycled and where it can be recycled. Local businessHagadone Printing Co. prints on recycled paper using water-and energy-efficient processes, and accepts your waste paperfor recycling; www.hagadoneprinting.com.
Eat locally grown food. Support local food production byenjoying farmers markets listed atwww.hfbf.org/FarmersMarket.html.
Leave your car at home. Join alternative transportcommunities including vanpooling (www.vanpoolhawaii.com),ride sharing (www.erideshare.com), cycling(http://www.cyclemanoa.manoa.hawaii.edu) and walking(http://www.mapmywalk.com).
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