Clubs and Organizations

GREEN Club

GREEN (Globally Responsible Environmental Efforts Now) Club


Category: Academic/Professional

Description: We are an organization committed to promote environmental awareness to the people of Hawaii through further development of HPU's recycling programs and educating Oahu's keiki.

Applicable to the following student interests: Global leadership, diplomatic relations, history, political science, and military studies.

President:

Devin Bennett
dbennet1@my.hpu.edu


Advisor:

Dr. Art Whatley
awhatley@hpu.edu

GREENClub in the news:

Green club gets busy at Green Market

by Kara Jernigan, staff writer

Filled with white tent booths and smiling people, on Oct. 21 lower Fort Street was home to the third Green Market to take place in Hawai‘i. A live band set the tone of the outdoor market while health food stands like Whole Foods and home improvement stands like Food Scapes, Green Hands of Aloha, and Hawai‘i Solar lined the street. One of the busiest booths belonged to HPU’s GREEN Club.

In addition to setting out fliers and pamphlets, the GREEN Club promoted environmentally safe Shaklee products and provided information about environmental issues. Graduate student Devin Bennett and other club members spent the afternoon talking to people about how green living can be, "easily integrated into everyday life." For GREEN Club members like Bennett, "It’s about awareness."

Club president Freund explained that it was important for the GREEN Club to be at the Green Market because it helped to advertise the club and generated necessary funding. As well helping the club to work towards its main goal by educating people about how to reduce their carbon footprints and preserve the environment without lowering their standards of living.

The club’s name acronym GREEN stands for "Globally Responsible Environmental Efforts Now." Club President Theresa Freund holds the club true to its name by helping everyone stay active and involved with numerous events. Some of their projects this year include: a paper recycling program, helping to implement a green peace garden at the Hawai‘i Loa campus, talking to local schools, beach clean ups, setting up an outreach program and participating in 350.org, a world wide climate change awareness movement.

On Oct. 24, people around the world took action in different ways in support of the 350 project. On O‘ahu, many gathered at the Hawai‘i Loa campus to pose for an aerial photo with people forming "350" and then proceeding to paint a blue line around the entire island. The blue line represents the new water line that will form if the carbon dioxide content in Earth’s atmosphere does not decrease. Some places on the island, such as Waikiki, were shown as completely under water.

Environmentally conscious students, business owners, and employees alike appeared to share the overall goal to spread the idea of sustainability, each taking action in his or her own way whether it be through food, energy sources, or knowledge to preserve the Earth and live healthily.

 

 

 

Clubs fight for climate action

by Mariah Schiaretti, staff writer

 

Climate change is one of the most challenging and debated issues in the 21st century. Many HPU clubs including the Vegetarian Club, Green Club, Natural Science Student Association, and the Association of Diplomacy and Military Studies Club, gathered at the Hawai‘i Loa campus Oct. 23, to share information on global warming through poster board displays and presentations for the International Day of Climate Action.

IDCA is the most widespread day of environmental action that 350.org has organized. The meeting at HPU marked one out of 4,500 events that took place around the world in 181 countries. The goal of HPU’s event was to create awareness and send petitions to President Barack Obama, asking him to go to Copenhagen, Denmark in December with a treaty promising to decrease carbon emissions in the United States.

Vegetarian Club President, senior marine biology major Elliott Roberts, is responsible for bringing 350.org’s mission to HPU. "350 parts per million is what we want our carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere to be," Roberts said. "Right now it’s 387 ppm."

For students to learn more, Roberts shared his knowledge on climate change in a PowerPoint presentation. "It’s an in-depth look at global warming," he said, adding that he wants to show students and faculty the science behind the issue.

In his presentation Roberts pointed out that the gases causing global warming, such C02, and methane, have increased 3 percent per decade since the pre-industrial era. He went on to say that the most notable sign of global warming is happening as the giant sheets of ice that used to block Europe from America have melted.

Roberts hopes that his presentation will get students to be more serious about sustainability. "Education is important. If you teach others about it and share the science behind it, it creates awareness," he said.

Originally from the United Kingdom, Roberts noticed a difference between the United States and European countries when it comes to "going green."

"European countries are more cautious about their carbon footprint. They have more activists and more people educated on the issue," he said. "When people are more educated on the subject, politicians will sway towards the majority and that’s what needs to happen here."

Green Club secretary Sara Duncan helped with the event because it’s a philosophy she lives by and strongly believes in. The environmental science major wants fellow students and faculty to realize their impact on the environment and global warming.

"People just waste things and they don’t really understand how they affect the rest of the world," Duncan said. She added that HPU could do a better job of conserving energy.

"The AC is up too much and classroom doors don’t shut all the way, plus recycling isn’t where it should be at both campuses."

Global warming should not be taken lightly and should be addressed before it’s too late. "I just want the Earth to be a good place for my future kids," she added.

Recycle @ HPU

HPU's Sustainable Campus Initiative is aimed at making HPU a cleaner and "greener" place for learning. Students, faculty, and staff can participate in three recycling programs on both the Downtown and Hawai'i Loa campuses:

Ink Cartridge
Cartridge World

Aluminum Cans and Plastic & Glass Bottles 
Kababayan - Filipino American Student Association
Natural Sciences Student Association (NSSA)

Waste Paper
Hagadone Printing, Inc.

For details, check out the information below. The funds collected from the recycling programs will be deposited in the Sustainability Fund. This will provide small grants to individual students who wish to take part in a co-curricular or extra-curricular activity related to the growing field of sustainability.

Help us expand our learning opportunities for students through environmentally responsible actions. Questions? Send an email to recycle@hpu.edu or call (808) 687-7016.

HPU's Sustainable Campus Initiative is brought to you by GREEN Club, Kababayan - Filipino American Student Association, Natural Sciences Student Association, Hagadone Printing, Inc., Cartridge World, Office of the CFO, Facilities/Maintenance, Residence Life, and the Center for Student Life & FYP.

RECYCLING PROGRAMS

Ink Cartridge
Downtown and Hawai'i Loa Campuses
Ink cartridges can be dropped off at the designated drop off sites, which are then sent to Cartridge World.

-Downtown Campus drop off sites: Student Life & FYP (MP 105) and Bookstore (BH 220)
-HLC drop off site: Bookstore-Mailroom (AC)
-Oceanic Institute & Military Campus Program staff can send used ink cartridges via inter-campus mail once a month to the HLC.

Aluminum Cans and Plastic & Glass Bottles Recycling Program
Downtown Campus
For more information on these locations, or to have your office participate in our program, send an email to recycle@hpu.edu. Coordinated by Kababayan - Filipino American Student Association.

Hawai'i Loa Campus
The Natural Sciences Student Association has two bins for aluminum cans and plastic and glass bottles. The bins are located on the back lanai (2nd and 3rd floors near the vending machines). In addition, the Office of Residence Life has bins in various halls for residents.

What can be recycled:
Aluminum cans and plastic and glass bottles will be accepted for recycling. Alcoholic beverage cans and bottles are restricted.
 
How to recycle properly:
-Rinse bottles and cans to avoid foul odors and unwanted pests.
-Remove bottle caps before recycling. They are made of a different plastic that cannot be recycled.
-Do not remove bins.
 
Can & Bottle Recycling Bin Locations:
-Sea Warrior Center
-MP Building: 2nd floor & 4th floor
-UB Building: 2nd floor lounge & 9th floor
-FS Building: 3rd floor
-LB Building: Mezzanine floor & Warmer Auditorium

Waste Paper Recycling
Downtown Campus
For more information on these offices, or to have your office participate in our program, send an email to recycle@hpu.edu, or call (808) 687-7016. Coordinated by GREEN club.

Here is where you can recycle paper:
(1) Faculty Support Center, 4th Floor, MP Building
(2) Computer Lab, 1st Floor, FS Building
(3) Kalamalama Office, 3rd Floor, BH Building (newsprint only)
(4) Sea Warrior Center, 1st Floor, BH Building
***We also offer individual pick-ups for selected offices on campus. 

You can recycle white paper including:
Typing paper
Copier paper
Letterhead
Memos
Computer paper

You can recycle colored paper including:
Yellow legal paper
Manila and colored folders
Magazines
Soft cover books
Newsprint
Phonebooks

Not recyclable:
Hardback covers
Bindings: glued, metal, spiralCarbon paper
Photographs
Blueprints
Plastics
Shrink wraps
Rubber bands
Adhesives (including envelopes, labels, post-its, stamps, tape.)
NO PLASTIC BAGS WILL BE ACCEPTED!

*Please separate corrugated cardboard for proper disposal.