2. What is Zero-Waste?
● Zero-Waste is a system that minimizes the amount of trash that
goes into the landfill through a method of organization in
● From recycling to decomposing materials, zero-waste only
sends necessary materials into a landfill.
● This program was set up by Hawaii Prep’s own Noah Dodd, a
middle and high school garden coordinator helping with reviving
native and sustainable plants of Hawaii.
● He is constantly working with the land to produce healthy,
sustainable foods for Hawaii. He and others created this system
to lessen the damage on the land with off island trash.
3. How to?
● Separating certain plastics, foods and paper
goods to either decompose or recycle helps
our landfill situation.
● With some volunteers and help this system
is extremely efficient and effective.
bins Total number of bags
Ave weight of
each bag (lbs.)
Total weight (lbs.) % collected by
Major items identified
Compostable 66 8.89 586.74 69 Serving plates, napkins,
forks, spoons, food, paper,
Mixed Recycle 13 4.90 63.70 7.5 Foil, shiny plastic
HI5 26 4.00 104.00 12.3 Cans, plastic bottles, glass
Land fill 20 4.50 90.00 11.0 Styrofoam, plastic cups
(shave ice), used diapers,
844.44 lbs 100%
7. Zero-Waste Station
● Certain Tin
● Any wood
● All Hi-5
● All Hi-5
8. Why Use Zero-Waste?
● Not only does Zero-Waste minimize the amount of trash
going into the landfill, but it helps bring back nutrients
and life into the land helping other plants and foods
● This action helps better our air quality and feeds the
people. Having this cycle is the true meaning of
● The culture and directive in Hawaii are perfect for
sustaining and revitalizing native Hawaiian plants through
programs and hunting restrictions for native species.
● Expanding sustainability has become a major priority as a
people, we are taking initiative to preserve and protect the
land and resources (ex: Mauna Kea and the World Wide
● The Hawaiian islands have close to if not all 13 climates
● A great example would be my home town of Waimea
● It is such a short range of town we can have some of
the heaviest mist in the country while being able to still
grow coconut and mango(coastal plants).
● This variety of climates and the richness of Hawaiis
ecosystem lets different growing practices flourish, as
well as livestock and fishing.
● We are only 20 minutes away from the beach while
right next to the highest mountain in the world.
13. HPA 2
● Hawaii Prep has a completely off the grid building called
the Energy Lab where programming and computer
classes take place.
● It was created to start a system that most efficiently
uses natural resources in the school.
● We also have a garden directed towards the old
Hawaiian planting styles, trying to sustain Hawaii with
its own culture instead of business and industry.
Many colleges in the world offer sustainability
courses and degrees to help better their
environment and I ask, “Why not Hawaii?”
One of my goals for the community
is to spread the Zero-Waste initiative
even further, so that we can reduce
the damage being done to Hawaii. I
hope that this system will be in every
community and then moved into
school systems, helping
communities become blue zones
with new forms of compost.
I hope that one day my island and neighbor
islands will have college courses on
sustainability and technology helping to
educate everyone about environmental
problems and the steps we can take to reduce
our impact on our living systems.
can you clarify what you mean by “preserving food”?
I think you can delete your second bullet point because this slide as a whole conveys this point
ideal location for sustainability? Might want to drop that word in there just to be clear. Maybe add a bullet point about how the climatic variation and richness of Hawaii’s ecosystem allows for a variety of different growing practices, as well as fishing/livestock raising.
just added a little positivity at the end. Always end with the possibility of solving the problem!