Proud To Be Pinoy, the Filipino
club at HPU, partnered with the Office of Student Life to
launch the schools first formal recycling program, the Green
Campus Project, on March 9.
We are going to put recycling bins around the MP building as
a startup,” said P2B Pinoy Club President, Julie Fernandez. “Hopefully
we can put some on the other buildings and on the Hawai‘i
Loa campus.” The club hopes to place bins to collect Hi5
containers that will be redeemed to buy more recycling bins for
This is a self-funding project, and we want everyone to pitch
in,” said Michelle Alarcon, P2B Pinoy faculty advisor and
director of the Green Campus Project. Alarcon, an assistant professor
of management at HPU, wanted to develop a project to “engage
our students in implementing solutions to today’s environmental
crisis starting from the simplest method of recycling.” She
added that the project would help “educate our students
and the public about global warming solutions and other sustainable
In addition to a screening of the Academy Award-winning documentary,
An Inconvenient Truth, starring former Vice President Al Gore,
the event included entertainment by Kristian Lei, lead actress
and singer of the European production of Miss Saigon, Randy Valencia
of Night Shade, and HPU’s very own Joey Monforte, a TIM
major who has performed at numerous HPU events.
I believe in global warming’s effect on the environment,” said
Monforte, who sings in a soothing, acoustic musical style. “This
is a great project,” he added.
The club organized a photographic display board to inform students
about how global warming affects our sea level, local temperatures,
rainfall patterns, agriculture, and weather events. The display
also presented facts about recycling, telling students that if
they recycle, it will help eliminate container litter, reduce
resource waste, and reinforce recycling of other materials.
For more information about Hawai‘i’s Hi5 recycling
program, visit www.hi5deposit.com. For more information about
HPU’s Green Campus Project, e-mail Alarcon at email@example.com.