16 Feb Zero Waste Revolution

Kupu Spotlight
Tawni Kerr, Lanikai Elementary, Public Charter School
Environmental Education Leadership Development Program

Only a couple months into her internship program, Kupu’s Environmental Education Leader, Tawni Kerr, has gained a lot of insight to the challenges facing sustainability here in Hawaiʻi.

As an Environmental Education Leader at Kupu, Kerr has had the pleasure of working alongside Resource Recovery Specialist, Mindy Jaffe, at Lanikai Elementary, Public Charter School.  Through her time helping at Lanikai, she was able to see the changes that need to be made to our food systems. Tons of food are currently being discarded in our school systems, in addition to the dumpsters full of single-use plastic, Styrofoam, and Mylar.  At Lanikai, the administration has refused to accept this standard of living that we have often become accustomed to.  Students there are perfecting the act of sorting out the waste they produce on campus and giving it a new life through composting and other ingenious waste reduction methods.


Kerr spends her time assisting in the work that is currently being done at Lanikai, with the hopes of bringing this knowledge to other schools on Oʻahu. As she is inspired by the amazing work being done to minimize the waste produced at one elementary school she imagines what Hawaiʻi could be like if we all reduced our waste. In her eyes, this is truly a revolution. There is a reason it is the first of the three R’s that we all learned growing up in school – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.

What is one simple change you can make in your life to reduce your waste? Share with us in a comment below.

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