By U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii Public Affairs OfficeApril 16, 2012
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii -- U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii and Island Palm Communities continue to celebrate Earth Month by hosting a variety of activities that inspire people to learn and care for the environment.
This year's USAG-HI Earth Month theme, "Give Back: Do Something for the Earth," focuses on environmental stewardship and sustainability, and is echoed across nearly 20 events scheduled for April.
"This monthlong celebration is a time to show respect for Planet Earth and all of the resources it provides," said Col. Douglas Mulbury, commander, USAG-HI.
USAG-HI and IPC are partnering with organizations island-wide to conduct service projects and awareness activities on Army installations and in neighboring communities.
"These events help remind us all -- Soldiers, family members and civilians -- that environmental responsibility is more than a one-day event," Mulbury said.
Earth Month activities include three organized trash cleanups along Oahu beaches and streams, and a variety of events to include dumpster diving for recyclable items, greening your workplace office visits, environmental game shows, tree plantings, cultural resources tours and open houses, endangered species exhibits, storm drain marker emplacement, movie nights, reusable bag promotion and volunteer service trips to clean out invasive weeds.
Earth Month happenings
•April 18, 3-4:30 p.m., Kalakaua Community Center, 2535 Waianae Uka Ave., Schofield Barracks. Participate in the interactive "Who is caring for our Hawaiian Forests?" followed by Disney's "Planet Earth." Call 687-8313.
•April 18, 3-4 p.m., Aliamanu Community Center. I Got the Power Game Show, sponsored by IPC.
The first 40 residents who sign-up for this live game show on the day of the event will compete in a physical challenge elimination round, and then test their knowledge of energy conservation and the Army's utility program. All contestants will receive a complimentary "mahalo" gift; the winner will receive $100. Call 687-8313.
•April 18, 10:30-11 a.m., Schofield Barracks. The Hale Kula Elementary Gardening Club will showcase its new SYNERGY Outdoor Classroom during student-led tours at the school. Tours will feature the outdoor classroom's rainwater harvesting and native plant gardens as well as the Hale Kula Gardening Club's working garden. Call 656-3086.
•April 18, 2-3 p.m., Brostrom Community Center, Fort Shafter. Storm drain marker emplacement, which is a Soldier-supported activity to mark storm drains with the important pollution prevention messages. Call 656-3086.
•April 19, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Bio-retention and rain garden clean-up, Building 766 parking lot, Schofield Barracks. Bio-retention and rain garden cleanup with 70th Engineer Battalion, 130th Eng. Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command. Soldier-supported cleanup to maintain water quality improvement bio-retention feature that treats storm water runoff from the parking lot. Call 656-3086.
•April 20, various times/locations, the Amazing Tree Race. Celebration of the national observance of Arbor Day tree planting will take place on four installations: 10 a.m. Fort Shafter; noon, Aliamanu; 2 p.m., Helemano; and 4 p.m., Wheeler Army Airfield. Tree-planting ceremonies are the first step in attaining Tree City USA recognition for each installation. Call 687-8313.
•April 21, 7:30 a.m.-noon. Army volunteers will partner with the City and County of Honolulu during the Mauka to Makai bike path cleanup that stretches from Pearl Harbor to Waipahu Depot Road. Meet at Blaisdell Park in Honolulu to assist. Call 438-1600, ext. 3307.
•April 22, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Kahanahaiki, Makua Military Reservation. Volunteer service trip to clean out invasive weeds for two hours along a moderately challenging trail. Hike will include a detour to view Makua Valley and leeward coast. Volunteer application must be received at OANRP at least two weeks prior to the event. Minimum age 14. Call 656-7741.
•April 24, time/specific motor pool to be determined. Live demonstration of bio-based "green" products. Call 656-3103.
•April 25, 3-4:30 p.m., IPC's "Planet Earth" movie night at Aliamanu Community Center.