By Nina Wu
It's time for the "Keeping It Green Hawai‘i Awards" again.
Recycle Hawaii and Earth-Friendly Schools Hawaii are seeking nominations for the awards this year, which will be recognized at the America Recycles Day Concert at the Palace Theater in Hilo. The deadline for nominations is Oct. 31.
Nominees must meet at least three of the following criteria: Practice the 3 R's of "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle," protect our native Hawaiian forest, promote organic farming, develop alternative energy, support sustainable industry and green building practices; implement energy and resource conservation practices; and create open space 'greenways.'
Other criteria include supporting youth programs with service learning projects designed to protect our natural resources, educate the community about climate change and honor and respect native Hawaiian gathering rights and cultural practices.
Past award recipients include the Volcano Art Center, Island Naturals Market & Deli, Hawai‘i Preparatory Academy and Hilo Coffee Mill.
Visit www.recyclehawaii.org or call 808-969-2012 for more information about nominations.