By Nina Wu
Honolulu Community College is celebrating Earth Day early.
From today through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., HCC at 874 Dillingham Blvd. is holding an early celebration of Earth Day (which is April 22). There will be a collection of recyclable plastic bottles and aluminum cans on campus as well as a swap meet in which individuals are encouraged to bring household goods.
The theme is: "Be the Change: Honolulu CC Go Green Days."
Proceeds from the recycling drive and swap meet will be donated to the Hawaii chapter of the American Red Cross to aid earthquake/tsunami victims in Japan.
Roughly 50 billion plastic water bottles end up in U.S. landfills each year, according to back2tap.com — approximately 140 million a day. In 2008, Americans drank an average of 215 bottles of water each for the year. HCC is stringing together a visual representation of what that looks like.
The idea is to raise awareness and make "going green" a conscious lifestyle change, and not just a fad, according to Emily Kukulies, director of student life and development.
Other events include:
>> A light bulb trade — swap your incandescent bulbs for an energy-efficient CFL from the Blue Planet Foundation.
>> A demo of energy-efficient vehicles by WheeGo.
>> Free herb plants to take home and cultivate.
>> Sustainable-themed movies in the student lounge.
>> A special tie-dye project by chemistry instructor Mike Ferguson.
>> Display of a net-zero energy home currently under construction by Team Hawaii students as one of the entries to the 2011 U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon to be held in Washington D.C. this fall.