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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

    Honu Guide."

    To register or for details: 956-8400,


    click on noncredit "courses &

    workshops," then "business

    and management."

    Sustainability 101:Introduction. 1-3 p.m. June9.

    Sustainability 101: BasicTraining for SustainableAction. 1-3 p.m. June 16.



    Need help going green?

    Consider hiring a student

    Posted on: Monday, March 23, 2009


    10 great, green ideas

    ByZenaida Serrano

    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.


    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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    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-


    Marika Ripke

    Shanah Trevenna

    through the Sustainable

    Saunders Internship Program

    at the University of Hawai'i-

    Manoa to guide you. The

    Sustainable Saunders

    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

    Hamilton Library.

    The program's interns use

    this expertise for homes and

    commercial businesses,

    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 .


    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).

    Reach Zenaida Serrano atzserrano@honoluluadvertiser.com.

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