Maui Students Attend National Youth Plastic Solutions Conference
Students from Maui represented Hawaiʻi at the 2018 Algalita POPS Youth Summit. During the summit, all youth teams were invited to share ideas on how to solve the world’s plastic pollution problems. Maui students from Maui Huliau Foundation pitched a project called Huliau Green Events. The project’s long-term goal focuses on diverting an average of 75% of the waste from landfills by 2030. This goal is aligned with the Aloha+ Challenge statewide goals for a sustainable Hawaiʻi. They work to achieve this goal by partnering with event coordinators to convert vendors from plastic foodware to compostable alternatives and offering waste stations where event goers sort waste into recyclables, compostables, and trash. Through these efforts, the student group educates the public and have been able to divert between 75%-95% of waste from large events.