Green Apple service project teaches kids about growing food (USGBC Hawaii) | U.S. Green Building Council
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The USGBC Hawaii community greenhouse project taught kids about growing food efficiently.

Community volunteers, teachers, students, organizations and USGBC Hawaii community volunteers came together for a Green Apple Day of Service project on March 3. Initiated by the Center for Green Schools at USGBC in 2012, this service day encourages schools to create positive environmental change through sustainability projects.

The event paired volunteer members of the USGBC Hawaii community with the public Waikiki Elementary School. It brought to life a community member's idea: support student learning of hydroponics, a water-saving technique that has been used by Hawaii farmers to grow lettuce and other vegetables.

The volunteers installed the greenhouse frame, added the tarp roof, laid down a weed barrier and built four large tables for holding the plants. The hydroponics equipment, plants and growing medium are on their way from a generous donor and should be ready to use at the end of March.

The Green Apple project coordinators were Mary Shook-Starsinic and Alberto Ricordi. Shook-Starsinic, the school sustainability coordinator, took care of school logistics, while Ricordi, a landscape designer, took care of planning, design and budget.

These two coordinators were supported on the day of the event by fellow USGBC Hawaii members Dingilizwe Ncube and Ian Tierney. A true community effort, the project would not have been possible without the generous donations of Sadiqa Queen, Mary Shook-Starsinic, Alberto Ricordi, Dingilizwe Ncube, Ian Tierney, Tara Stay, Julian Walstrom and Lydia Shigekane. Special thanks are due as well to the support and encouragement of school principal Bonnie Tabor.

Please help us next year by volunteering or sponsoring the next Green Apple Day of Service project.

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