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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Friday, April 18, 2008

UH's 'Sustainable Saunders' hall celebrates Earth Day daily

Advertiser Staff

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Sebastiano Bresolin, 11, picked up cigarette butts and other litter with his dad, Fabio, at Sandy Beach last year on Earth Day. Earth Day is on Tuesday, but eco-themed events have been going on statewide all month.

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Every day is Earth Day at the University of Hawai'i's Saunders Hall, where students, faculty and staff have been working to turn the social sciences building into a model of sustainability.

Recent efforts include removing 250 lights bulbs to reduce the energy load by about 245 kilowatthours a week, implementing the most complete recycling program on campus, studying the seven-story building's waste stream and retrofitting sixth-floor bathrooms with water-saving devices such as sensor faucets, low-flow toilets and waterless urinals.

Future efforts include a rain catchment system for watering plants and installation of a rooftop wind turbine.


The "Sustainable Saunders" team spreads the gospel of green today by hosting its second annual Sustainability Fest from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Hawai'i Hall's lawn.

  • Open-air marketplace from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., with art and plant sales, technology demonstrations, educational booths, food and more. UH students can participate in a scavenger hunt to win a balsa wood surfboard and other prizes.

  • Free concert from 5 to 11 p.m.

  • eWaste Recycling Drop-Off Zone will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. to accept computers, monitors, keyboards and peripherals for a fee. Other items that can be recycled include HI-5 containers, white and colored paper, newsprint, cardboard, phone books, UH catalogs and course schedules and cell phones.

  • Sierra Club will give a reusable grocery bag or CFL light bulb to anyone who brings a HI-5 container to its booth.

    For more information, visit: www.sustainablesaunders.hawaii.edu.