Five weeks have passed since we've joined the Green Collar Technology training group. And to tell the truth, I was clueless as to what was going on at first. I didn't even know what Green Collar Technologies was. But over time our boss has given us an understanding about what we were doing and for what cause. Our online and offline groups work together to promote a more sustainable life style to all of Hawaii. We usually do this through blogging updates on sites (blogger, green collar… Continue
Added by Brent Norris on July 20, 2009 at 1:00pm —
Our fifth week is meeting it's end as the Offline team finally gets a new job offer. And the best part about it, is it's right here in Hilo town. Pretty convenient for us. So today our boss drove us (the offline and online groups) to a little coffee shop called "Just Crusin Coffee." There, our hard working offline boys will be pulling weeds around the flowerbeds for the owner, Tom. It's a nice little place to relax after a days work. The drinks are delicious and there's WiFi for those who work… Continue
Added by Brent Norris on July 17, 2009 at 1:30pm —
Updates... Updates... Updates...
Well, to start off... the Earthship seems to be coming along pretty nicely. We have the hard work and dedication of the offline team to thank for that.
The walls are up, as well as a few windows that fit perfectly between them. There's no guarantee that the Earthship will be built before the end of the program (even at the… Continue
Added by Brent Norris on July 15, 2009 at 1:00pm —
There was a slight change of pace on Friday for the offline and online teams. The offline boys drove down to Garden Exchange in Hilo and browsed through some prospect plant supplies that they'll later add to the greenhouse. But in order to raise the money for those supplies, we'll have to start gathering cans to turn in to the recycling center. That will probably become next week's project and we're eagerly looking forward to it.
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Added by Brent Norris on July 13, 2009 at 3:09pm —
We're finally heading into our final week of the Green Collar Tech training program. Soon everyone will go their separate ways and use the experience they've gained here for future jobs or careers. But for now we'll just have to make these last few days of work count towards our goals. And that's exactly what the offline crew is doing. Today they drove down to Nanawale to continue building the Earthship. By the time it's finished, that'll be just one more sustainable home on the Big… Continue
Added by Brent Norris on July 13, 2009 at 3:00pm —
Nothing new is happening this week for the offline team. They're helping out Joe at the Aquaculture Center almost everyday now. So until we find other activities for them to do, nothing new will be happening on their side. As for us (the online team), the situation is pretty similar. We've been doing the same thing for a while now (editing videos, posting up blogs and pictures). But this week we might do something a little different. We're not too sure on the details yet, but I'll update our… Continue
Added by Brent Norris on July 8, 2009 at 11:25am —
It's finally our fourth week working for Green Collar Tech. Everyone here gets along so well now. It's as if we're all part of a big family. It's too bad we don't get to see the offline crew a lot since they're always driving to Mt. View to work on the Earthship. But we always find out what they're up to and post their work here daily.
On Thursday, they drove to the Aquaculture Center (yes, again) to pick and dismantle more taro. Since we didn't have to come in on Friday, the next… Continue
Added by Brent Norris on July 7, 2009 at 12:24pm —
What is Green Collar Technologies you ask? It's pretty much an organization that promotes education, jobs, events, and organized resources for a greener economy on the Big Island of Hawaii. We want to become a worldwide model for sustainability, but to do so we need your help! Our organization will offer you online/offline sustainability training so you may experience a more environmentally friendly lifestyle.
The two different types of sustainability are online (referring to… Continue
Added by Brent Norris on July 6, 2009 at 2:00pm —
Two days ago the labor group drove to the Pacific Aquaculture & Coastal Resources Center to plant some taro. Now, they're returned and it's time for the big harvest. With the help of Joe once again, the team was able to emphasize their taro knowledge with some cutting, sorting, and replanting lessons. The whole process of preparing the taro there pretty much involves cutting off the roots and using the stem for re-growth. But by now, the group has gotten the hang of it since this is their… Continue
Added by Brent Norris on July 2, 2009 at 12:25pm —
It's finally our third week into the program and we're already accomplished quite alot. Yesterday the offline group drove down to Mark's place again to work on the Earthship. We hope to get a lot of foundation done before the end of our last three weeks together. Since everyone will be returning to school by the start of August.
Everyone's working hard on the… Continue
Added by Brent Norris on July 1, 2009 at 1:30pm —
Monday started off a little bit differently from what we expected. Tracy from the Workforce Development division came to the Innovation Center to visit us and evaluate our progress. We explained to her what our efforts up until now have been like and our accomplishments. Once she left, the offline team drove back down to the Pacific Aquaculture & Coastal Resource Center to plant taro again with Joe. They had to prep the soil with 103010 fertilizer and chicken manure to promote the crop… Continue
Added by Brent Norris on July 1, 2009 at 9:00am —
On Friday, the offline team drove down to Pahala to pick up aluminum roofing at Matty's house (he's our other supervisor). The drive took about a few hours from start to finish and back again. They then arrived at the Atlus Recycling center to drop off the aluminum roofing. Everyone did great job that day with the help of one of our online members taking pictures of their activities.
Moving the roof...…
Added by Brent Norris on June 29, 2009 at 2:30pm —
Heading to Moku's Farm was the labor group's task on Thurday. It was another taro and basil harvesting job for them. After that they all drove to Brent's house. For the rest of the day everyone had to pot taro before returning to the Innovation Center.
They seem to be working hard...
Now they're planting some… Continue
Added by Brent Norris on June 28, 2009 at 8:00pm —
On Wednesday, the offline group drove to the UH Pacific Aquaculture and Resources Center for a change of pace. There, with the help of our friend Joe, everyone learned how to pick and sort out taro. They all helped with cutting off the leaves and removing the roots. And it turns out that you can use the remaining stem to replant the taro back into the ground. After a few hours of continuously doing that, the group returned to the Innovation Center to report their activities for the… Continue
Added by Brent Norris on June 25, 2009 at 8:00pm —
Tuesday was a day full of tedious work. The labor team drove up to Nanawale again to work on Mark's Earthship. They needed to mix cement out of various materials such as: red and black cinder, gravel, water, and cement mix. After that, they would add the cement into woven plastic bags and stack them up to create a foundation.
Unfortunately back at the UH Innovation Center the internet connection was down, so not much work could be completed. But we were able to post a few blogs… Continue
Added by Brent Norris on June 24, 2009 at 11:00am —
Ever since we began our summer work at Green Collar Technology, there's been so many activities going on. Our company is divided into two groups (online and offline) and each of us have individual tasks to complete. The offline group travels around Hilo to do hands-on jobs in the field (such as collecting, planting taro, etc.), while the online group works in the office to collect information about their progress and promote their achievements.
Our main goal is to create more green… Continue
Added by Brent Norris on June 22, 2009 at 6:30pm —