Kanu Hawaii is Challenging Residents Again

In an article published on Pacific Business News Duane Shimogawa reported about Kanu Hawaii and their upcoming challenge, which comes just after the previous challenge has been finished and the winners announced.Brian and Jackie Chappel from Kaimuki won Kanu Hawaii’s last challenge, which was to reduce their energy consumption by as much as possible. By walking instead of driving, switching on fans instead of the air conditioning, cutting electricity, and using appliances mindfully people can make a huge difference. The Chappel’s cut their electricity use by 85%, and won a whole-home lighting audit, and a retrofit for their house. Their new challenge is the “No Waste” challenge. Kanu Hawaii is now challenging local residents to reduce the amount of waste that they put into landfills each month. According to their website residents generate about 10 pounds of trash per day per resident. Kanu has organized their challenge into four smaller weekly challenges to help residents keep track of their progress as well as educating them on the steps to take to reduce the amount of waste that each person sends to landfills.

Weekly Schedule

  • Week 1

    (Nov27-Dec 3) -The State of Rubbish in Hawaii – Learn how much waste we produce and where it goes.
  • Week 2

    (Dec4-Dec10) – The Dirt on Recycling – Learn how/what to recycle, and why recycling should be a last resort when it comes to plastic.
  • Week 3

    (Dec11-Dec17) – Green Gold – learn how to turn green waste into a valuable local resource.
  • Week 4

    (Dec18-Dec26) – “One Week – One Bag” Waste Challenge – Take the challenge to limit your household waste to a single bag for the entire week (you determine the size of the bag, based on a significant reduction to your usual household waste).

Making a Commitment with Kanu Hawaii

Kanu Hawaii has a great system in place to help educate local residents on ways that they can make a difference in their community. You make a commitment on their website, and they provide you with a lot of great information about the challenge at hand (which is always related to sustainability), and you get to see how many others have joined in the challenge and grow together as a community.

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