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Earth Week 2013

In celebration of Earth Week 2013, a variety of activities are offered. All events are open to the public. Bring your friends! Enjoy presentations by special guest speakers and learn about food sustainability in Hawai’i and beyond!  Explore the connections between land, indigenous cultures and language -- how they play a vital role in the sustainability of our beautiful Earth. All activities are free and open to the public.

Earth Week 2013
April 22 – 24
Student Lounge

Events are offered by Sustainability Committee and Hawaiian-/Spanish-language students (Kepa Badis/Tara Rojas)

Monday, April 22 2013
9:00-9:50am: Final Masterpiece Presentations by SPAN 202 Students
10:00-10:50am Final Masterpiece Presentations by SPAN 102 Students
11:00-11:50am Final Project Presentations by HAW 201 Students
12:00-12:50pm Final Project Presentations by HAW 202 students and Final Masterpiece Presentations by SPAN 101 Students

Tuesday, April 23 2013
10:30-10:45am
Final Masterpiece Presentations by SPAN 201 Students

10:45-11:45am
“How to Prepare for the Future Jobs”
Assistant Professor of Economics, Gholam Khalegi, will discuss how “Going Green” is rapidly becoming an integral part of future jobs as well as the importance of professional skills, social responsibility, and environmental sustainability. 
Professor Khaleghi has a broad background in economics, business and financial analysis.


Wednesday, April 24 2013
9:00-9:50am
VIDEO - “The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil.” 
This documentary discusses the energy crisis in Cuba after the fall of the Soviet Union and how they survived.  The Cubans found creative solutions through urban agriculture and began anew as a sustainable community.

10:00-10:50am
“Small farms and agroecology -- a new paradigm for the future of agriculture in Hawaii”
Dr. Héctor Valenzuela will discuss the potential of small farms to contribute to food self-sufficiency, economic revitalization, and preservation of cultural values and the environment.  Agroecology will also be explored as to how biodiversity, watershed management, and the value of indigenous knowledge assist in developing resilient and sustainable agricultural systems for Hawaii.

Dr. Valenzuela is a Professor and Extension Specialist at the University of Hawaii-Manoa College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources. He conducts educational programs to assist commercial vegetable farmers and is a staunch supporter of small family farming and organic and sustainable agricultural practices.


10:00-10:50am
“Aquaponics -- A way for the city to help feed Itself”

Mr. Glenn Martínez will discuss the relationship between corporations and the “health industry” and the importance of cities engaging in food production.  He will also explore the concept of “food deserts” and how to break away from them using aquaponics -- from saving and germinating seeds to harvesting and cooking healthy super foods.

Mr. Martinez is the owner/operator of Olomana Gardens, Organic and Natural Farming and has lectured for UHCTAR and Outreach College as faculty of UH ATOLL (Aquaculture Training On Line Learning) -- a web-based Certificate Course.  Mr. Martinez specializes in Aquaponics gardening - a sustainable freshwater fish and gardening system.


12:00-12:50am
“Chiles: From Mexico to the World"

Martha Sánchez Romero will discuss how chiles have impacted many different cuisines around the world and how it is often unbeknownst that their origins lie in Mexico, Central, and South America.  She will highlight the many uses and applications of chiles outside of gastronomy and present various types of chiles for the audience to touch, smell and taste.

Ms. Sánchez is the owner of Mercado de la Raza, the only Latin American food store in Hawaii.


12:00-12:50pm
“The History of Chocolate and Evolution from Fruit to Mole to Drink to Bars”

Dr. Nat Bletter and Mr. David Elliott will discuss a little about the history and production of chocolate, the many varieties of cocoa beans and chocolate types, Aztec and Mayan uses of chocolate, and how to make your own chocolate bars from the bean.  Enjoy a chocolate tasting and find out about one of the most ancient forms of chocolate: Mole and how it can be made easily from ingredients readily available in Hawaii.

Dr. Nat Bletter has a Ph.D. in Ethnobotany from the City University of New York and is cofounder and flavormeister of Madre Chocolate.  He has 15 years experience in botany, documenting exotic fruits and vegetables, gathering food in the wild and herbal and traditional medicine.  He now works at University of Hawai'i Manoa, researching plants and migration in Thailand and Laos.

Mr. David Elliott is cofounder of Madre Chocolate and is a bicontinental chocolate maker, avid traveler, and promoter of all things delicious. His decision to take part in the company was influenced by the opportunity to create a chocolate company with a social mission to make a positive impact on the lives of cacao farmers and their communities.

 




 

 

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