Green School Initiatives
I. Environmental Impact and Energy Efficiency
Reduced or eliminated greenhouse gas emissions, using an energy audit or emissions inventory and reduction plan, cost-effective energy efficiency improvements, conservation measures, and/or and on-site renewable energy and/or purchase of green power;
Reduced solid and hazardous waste production, through increased recycling, reduced consumption, and improved management, reduction, or elimination of hazardous waste streams; and
Expanded use of alternative transportation to, during and from school, through active promotion of locally-available, energy-efficient options and implementation of alternative transportation supportive projects and policies.
II. Healthy School Environments
An integrated school environmental health program based on an operations and facility-wide environmental management system that considers student, visitor and staff health and safety in all practices related to design, construction, renovation, operations, and maintenance of schools and grounds; and
III. Environmental and Sustainability Education
Use of the environment and sustainability to develop STEM content knowledge and thinking skills to prepare graduates for the 21st century technology-driven economy; and
Development of civic engagement knowledge and skills, and students' application of these to address sustainability
Here are some additional initiatives we are working on that tie into our goals:
(1) Animal health, production, and well-being. (we will be raising tilapia fish, freshwater prawns, chickens, rabbits, goats and cows)
(2) Plant health and production. (we use worm droppings (vermicast) for plants to make them healthy instead of using fertilizer, pesticides)
(3) Animal and plant collection and preservation.
(4) Aquaculture. (we currently have 3 aquaponics systems running and want to expand to 20)
(5) Food safety. (we will only grow organic food)
(6) Soil and water conservation and improvement. (aquaponics uses 10 times less water compared to dirt farming since it is recycled)
(7) Forestry, horticulture, and range management. (aquaponics and sq. foot gardening uses 10 times less space than dirt farming)
(8) Nutritional sciences and promotion. (organic food is much more nutritious and healthy)
(9) Farm enhancement, including financial management, input efficiency, and profitability. (we plan to have a weekly farmer's market on the property)
(10) Family and Consumer Sciences.
(11) Rural human ecology.
(12) Youth development and agricultural education, including 4–H clubs. (our sustainability club, science club, environmental club and student body officers will run it)
(13) Expansion of domestic and international markets for agricultural commodities and products, including agricultural trade barrier identification and analysis. (we will sell biochar from discarded wood that normally ends up in landfills)
(14) Information management and technology transfer related to agriculture. (we will measure the cost of running our sustainability farm and determine its ROI)
(15) Agro-biotechnology related to agriculture. (we have been consulting with the top experts in aquaponics and aquaculture - Dr. Clyde Tamaru and Dr. Kai Fox)
(16) The processing, distributing, marketing, and utilization of food and agricultural products. (we can do all of this on our property)
Here are some of the goals we helped develop and support for our school:
Become Hawaii’s first Green Ribbons School - Promote 3 R's – provide tours of sustainability gardens, working ancient Polynesian villages from 3 different locations.
Become Renewable Energy Education leaders – have students learn and teach all sustainability technologies. Merge latest technologies with ancient Hawaiian sustainability practices (i.e. use of water, kalo and fish ponds).
Become Hawaii’s Energy Efficient Leader – help community replace old bulbs with CFL’s. Encourage community to reduce electricity usage.
Become Food Security Innovators – build and share aquaponics, greenhouses, sq foot gardens, worm farms – grow organic fruits, vegetables, flowers, cotton, whitten kenaf, traditional Polynesian healing plants, herbs, mushrooms for each family that lives in Ko’olauloa (between Ka’a’awa and Sunset Beach).
Provide Feed Supplies – pellets for fish, rabbits, chickens using whitten kenaf, black fly larvae, alfalfa, left over greens. Certify feeds with Oceanic Institute in Waimanalo.
Restore Endangered Habitats – birds (with Kahuku First Wind Biologists), moi fish and rare and endangered endemic plants. Beach cleanups.
Sell Sustainability Products – through kahuku.org either at their store or through e-commerce. Sell instructional pdf and youtube files.
Start a Farmers Market – to sell fresh, organic fruits, vegetables, herbs, peppers, flowers, teas, traditional Hawaiian plants. Sell plants, seeds, seedlings, worms, vermicast, value-added products, sq. foot gardens, commercial and residential aquaponic systems, commercial and residential worm farms.
Become Emergency Preparedness Leaders – provide information on how to prepare 72 hours kits, install photovoltaic systems, sanitation, etc.
Build Tiny Homes – provides security for agricultural lands, saves money, keeps families together, shrinks demand on utilities, live in high quality living in smaller living spaces that requires less energy. Build from used 10’x12’ containers, 10’x12’ Rubbermaid sheds or from geodesic domes. Tie in with aquaponics, photovoltaic, solar panels, sq. foot gardens, worm farms, etc.
Become Digital Media Center Leaders – Have students teach sustainability curriculum on HD camera equipment on our own Green School location and publish our library of footage on ‘Olelo and youtube. The collaboration of Sustainability and Digital Media will get the word out not only in Hawaii, but throughout the world. We are trying to follow Searider’s (located next to Waianae High School) model that will provide students with valuable digital media skills.
Become Sustainability Education Leaders – Tie in all sustainability education with Hawaii’s DOE’s common standards, general learner outcomes. Create sustainability class(es), create concurrent sustainability degree with WCC, BYUH and UH’s CTAHR. Have students help teach DOE teachers to get Green School certification.
Create hands-on opportunities for students and communities to learn how to become masters of sustainability by demonstrating that simple life styles encourage all of us to downsize, reduce living costs, reuse, recycle and recover resources.
Invite Hawaii preschool, K-12 and college students to learn how to build small off-the-grid portable housing units with the aid of local construction, renewable energy companies and the Hawaii military sustainability command. The students would be taught to create a home on a 8.5’ x 24’ trailers which would not require a building permit. The home would be surrounded by aquaponics organic food producing systems using casket liners, old bathtubs, and other scrap materials that normally end up in landfills. The housing and aquaponics units would be powered by photovoltaic and solar panels. The unit would also include exterior rain catchment barrels, reverse osmosis and charcoal filters, solar toilets, a simple grey water treatment system, and space for square foot gardens and vertical growing towers. Use shredded tires as a part of potting mix in sq. foot gardens. Shred the plastic found on beaches and repurpose them for housing and aquaponics projects. Create systems for drug and alcohol free low income families and homeless Hawaii veterans.
The affordable housing unit would help communities prepare for emergencies, evacuations and encourage a healthy, organic, less polluting lifestyle. The students could also create worm farms to grow feed for fish in the aquaponics system, using vermicast compost and worm tea as organic fertilizer. Students would be encouraged to use innovative STEM and entrepreneur skills to reduce the cost of the unit and to increase its effectiveness.
The unit would allow students to demonstrate to the public how to achieve a simple, sustainable life style by using vertical farming methods with plastic containers and bottles etc. The students would be taught to use digital media to document progress as they build systems, thus creating DOE learning center curriculum.
Create a social media website called hawaiisustainability.com to share sustainability ideas and projects. Emergency preparedness. Turn yard waste from Hawaiian Earth into fertile compost for sq. foot gardens. Sell on Kahuku.org. Tie in federal workforce program. Make signage of process. Wall becomes “powerpoint”. Wall in shop showcases individual student innovation and CTE skills. Integrate CTE skills with student accomplishments with overlaying photos.
Before and after school programs. US Wildlife service and USDA. Long term program tie in with other programs. Consolidate outcomes.
Ancient Hawaiians were acknowledged by early European explorers as the original masters of sustainability. Our system will help re-create ancient sustainable living methods while using modern technology. Create working models of actual ancient Hawaiian fishponds on a small scale to show how they work. (Heeia, Kahalu’u, Kualoa, Kaneohe, etc). Surround them in a sustainability garden with petroglyphs, native plants, etc. using waste materials.
We have spent the last 3 years organizing innovative renewable energy education through KREIC (renewable-resource.com) and Halau Haloa, HawaiiSustainability.com, HawaiiKidsMedia.com, Kokua Hawaii Foundation, BYU Hawaii Sustainability program, Na Kamalei pre-school, Kahuku High & Intermediate, Sunetric, Ohana Greenhouse, containerstoragehawaii.com, Kahuku First Wind, DOE, Olomana Gardens, Waimanalo Feed Supply, Windward Community College, Hawaii State Hospital, etc.
Benefits for students:
Provides opportunities for senior projects, practical training, prizes, scholarships, college enrollment, community service, self-sufficiency; state, federal and international recognition.
Benefits for community recipients:
Encourages self-sufficiency, emergency preparedness, reduce dependence on the grid and the need for expensive housing. Replace the need for subsidized meals (SNAP) with a new perpetual source of organic food, fish, purified water and natural medicine. Community can learn about ancient Hawaiian sustainability, lower the cost of food ($3,000 one time purchase of aquaponics system vs. half million dollars worth of food consumed over a lifetime), lower the cost to travel to purchase food (consume less gas), use less packaging, waste less.. Helps the community transition from imported processed foods to fresh local organic produce and fosters a healthier lifestyle. Over 42% of America’s youth are now obese, a fact that deeply concerns the military since they are unable to recruit candidates that are overweight.
Benefits for teachers:
Provides practical, updated training and support from industry leaders, leading edge innovation in technology, all training conforms with DOE standards, CTE, STEM, etc
Benefits for industry partners and entrepreneur mentors:
Supply them with trained interns while they are still high school students. Learn and implement latest renewable energy technologies.
Benefits for sponsoring corporations:
Build aquaponics systems for corporations so they can also share with the public how to live a more healthy, less wasteful and productive means of living and doing business through aquaponics.
Benefits for sponsors and supporters:
Work with Home Depot or Lowes, Malaekahana, Sunetric, Kahuku Film Club, Hawaii military sustainability command, ‘Olelo, FEMA, google, Kokua Hawaii Foundation, Blue Planet Foundation, Re-use Hawaii, eatlocalhawaii.org, chefann.com, USDA, Community-Supported Agriculture, Youth Conservation Corps, etc. Advertise their support on car wraps on our model homes and aquaponics systems. Provide interns and researchers for renewable energy companies, provide digital media content for sponsors.
(display awards Won – display – sustainability, digital media, science fair, check)
(display poster of goals, location of future projects, location of vinyl posters of powerpoint presentations)
(display monitors that play sustainability curriculum for classes and outside tours, shows map, weather of our locations, yields)
Seeds of Aloha - photos, videos, actual seeds, seedlings, fruiting plants:
Posters: Aquaponics principles, Halau Haloa, Hawaiian GLO’s
Photos of lo’i fields and fishponds
Maps of sustainability areas
Signage for each area, show:
- individual student project photo, mission, formal wear, project wear
- student standing with their sustainability mentor
- poster explaining processes, include chemical processes (how nitogen helps composting work)
- how it ties into GLO's
- instructables info
- video references
- qr code to our website and videos
- place to take pictures of projects
- art, Ko’olau mountains (Jarrod Pere with students)
Permaculture layouts of Z building and garden, Malaekahana property, Kahuku First Wind property
Kahuku Sustainability Plan:
Organization (Demonstrate innovation and local leadership, Have the potential for growth and success)
Projects (Stem from ideas and inspiration that are born in Hawai'i to meet the needs of Hawai'i, Employ scalable technologies and models that are applicable globally)
Kahuku Sustainability Club
Our group of teachers, parents and industry partners have spent the last year looking for projects for Kahuku students that
(1) fit the Hawaii DOE education standards,
(2) cover multiple educational disciplines that
(3) tie into sustainable careers that will help keep families together in Hawaii and
(4) provide purposeful, relevant, hands-on learning experiences for students
Our goal is to help support the DOE to reach their General Learner Outcomes by teaching renewable energy technologies and aquaponics. Renewable energy is energy which comes from natural resources such as sunlight, wind, rain, tides and geothermal heat, which are renewable (naturally replenished).
How will Aquaponics benefit Kahuku students and how does it tie in with the DOE’s General Learner Outcomes?
Self-directed Learner (The ability to be responsible for one's own learning). Student discovers on their own the importance of learning about and using sustainability to create quality in their life.
Community Contributor (The understanding that it is essential for human beings to work together). The students realizes the importance of using aquaponics to sustain communities by providing healthy, organic food).
Complex Thinker (The ability to demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving) The students needs to ensure the practical use and economic success of the aquaponics system through critical thinking and problem solving.
Quality Producer (The ability to recognize and produce quality performance and quality products) The student looks for ways to improve the current aquaponics technology while trying to lower the cost, and finding the ability to duplicate and deploy the innovations on a larger scale.
Effective Communicator (The ability to communicate effectively) The student will use digital media to teach aquaponics and distribute the content for Hawaii DOE courses, ‘Olelo, youtube, etc.
Effective and Ethical User of Technology (The ability to use a variety of technologies effectively and ethically) Use temperature and chemical gauges connected to a laptop to monitor aquaponics systems. Use computers to edit and distribute aquaponics videos
- from http://doe.k12.hi.us/curriculum/GLO_rubric.htm
What Educational Disciplines can be integrated with the Aquaponics curriculum
Agricultural education – Maximize yield of fish and plants at the lowest cost.
Architectural, Design and Technology education - Design aquaponics systems for integration, appearance and savings.
Business education – Determine the ROI of aquaponics. Have students learn to run aquaponics as a business (similar to KEAC’s kahuku.org student-run retail project).
Career and Technical education – Use experience with aquaponics experts for career planning, acquiring letters of recommendation, completing service projects for job opportunities, apprenticeships, work permits, financial aid and scholarships.
Chemistry/Science education – Learn how to understand and monitor chemicals used in aquaponics.
Creative writing programs – Learn how to write aquaponics education scripts for learning, teaching, media.
Cultural and social studies education – Share how ancient Hawaiians used aquaponics to sustain themselves.
Economics education – How to make a sustainability system economically sustainable.
Engineering science and mechanics (STEM) – Learn how math, science and engineering can produce a successful aquaponics system. Have students create various aquaponics projects for the annual science and engineering fair.
Environmental education – Learn how aquaponics systems save water compared to traditional farming.
Filmmaking/Photography education – Learn how to use digital media to document aquaponics projects. Have students take stock photos and video clips for archives for use in digital and print media.
Geography education – Learn where ancient aquaponics projects were used in Hawaii (Kualoa, Kahana, Kaneohe, etc).
Health education – Learn how to switch from unhealthy fast food to organically grown vegetables and fruits.
History/Humanities education – Learn how aquaponics systems have evolved over time in Hawaii and how they have been used by different cultures.
Industrial/Renewable Energy technology – Learn the latest aquaponics technologies from state, national and international experts.
Information technology education - Learn how to use scientific measuring devices integrated with a laptop.
Journalism education – Have students research learning aquaponics technologies and write about them.
Leadership studies – Have students attend sustainability, environment and agriculture expos at UH and the Hawaii Convention Center.
Life skills – Learn how to interview aquaponics experts from Hawaii and elsewhere.
Management education – Learn how to manage an aquaponics project.
Mathematics education – Learn how to solve aquaponics problems involving time, heat and pH levels.
Multilingual Education – Learn how to teach aquaponics in different languages. (Japanese for visiting students and Hawaiian for local immersion schools).
Reading – Provide directed reading studies on aquaponics.
Special education - Involve the special education class. Meet with occupational therapists from Hawaii Mental Hospital and Kahuku Bobby Benson Center to see how working on an aquaponics farm helps patients overcome depression and addictions.
Physical education – Aquaponics is an outdoor activity which requires physical exercise and breathing clean air.
We would like to create aquaponics videos similar to the “Kahuku Small Learning Communities” video that combine multiple educational disciplines:
Geographic Locations Served:
Oahu (through KHIS campus visits)
Statewide (through Hawaii DOE)
Big Island of Hawaii (through interisland KHIS campus visits)
Kauai (through interisland KHIS campus visits)
Lanai (through interisland KHIS campus visits)
Maui (through interisland KHIS campus visits)
Molokai (through interisland KHIS campus visits)
Ni'ihau (through interisland KHIS campus visits)
Nationwide (through website, social media and youtube)
Worldwide (through website, social media and youtube)
Hawaii DOE Common Standards Taught:
Halau Haloa (Kahuku Sustainability Club) Organization:
President: Joseph Fonoimoana
Vice-President: Spencer Waite
Public Relations: Student
Teachers: Dave and Julian Tyrell, Shop Class teachers
Advisors: Dr. Don Sand, Uila Vendiola, Dr. Kendra Martin, Debra Vorheis
Volunteer: Christian Wilson
Educational Goals - What degree(s) or educational goals are you seeking and from where?
Career Goals - What career are you planning and why? Is it related to sustainable technology?
Financial Need - Describe your financial situation as it relates to your/your family.
Work Experience - Any work experience that is related to your planned career?
Volunteer/Activities - Are you involved with any activities or volunteer organization
HAWAII INNOVATIVE EDUCATION PROGRAMS
Innovative Education (innovativeducation.info) Dr. Don Sand
Hawaii Digital Media (hawaiidigitalmedia.com) Dr. Don Sand
Hawaii Kids Media (hawaiikidsmedia.com) Dr. Don Sand
Hawaii Sustainability (hawaiisustainability.com) Christian Wilson
Partner with BYUH Food Services Sustainability Project, BYUH Sustainability Club, Kahuku First Wind, Kokua Hawaii Foundation, Polynesian Cultural Center, Hawaii Reserves, Hawaii Department of Agriculture, Waimanalo Feed Supply, Friendly Aquaponics.
Provide consulting services and brain trust of experts from developing models into new construction
Kahuku Renewable Energy: Renewable Energy (including photovoltaic, hydroponics, wind farms, OTEC, Ocean Thermal Energy Conservation Provide eco-tourism experiences for students, families, tourists
Agricultural and organic produce
Provide OB development in Sustainability in Ko’olauloa
Healthy eating, nutrition and food preparation
Provide agriculture internships
Support local farmer’s markets
Produced business management internship
Scholarship sponsorship and mentoring for students
Provide aquaponics and square foot gardening video training
Create and sell educational sustainability DVD’s produced by student
Halau Haloa (Kahuku Sustainability Club) (halauhaloa.com) Julian Tyrell, David Jay and Evan Fa
Provide Aquaponic systems for a families of four. Collect unwanted 55 gallon drums and wooden pallets that would normally end up in landfills and have Kahuku High and Intermediate School students transform them into perpetual food source that will provide local families and communities with fresh, organic vegetables, fruit, herbs and fish in their own backyards powered by a small photovoltaic system. Build vertical windmills made from 55 gallon drums to power aquaculture water pumps.
Provide scholarship money for students building the systems instead of paying an hourly wage (use student payment model used by Ma’o Organic Farms). Partner with experts on aquaponics, sustainability systems, recycling, etc and use them as mentors for students so they can enter college and obtain a meaningful career that will support and sustain themselves and their families here on the islands.
If requested, provide aquaponic systems for church properties, social service providers (Salvation Army), schools, etc.
Ko’olauloa Renewable Energy Innovation Center (KREIC) (renewable-resource.com) Christian Wilson
Administration of Innovative Education project department:
Setup education vehicle that will provide: