UH College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources Promotes Pollution Prevention with "Happi-Home" Project

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Shawn Nakamoto, (808) 956-9095
University and Community Relations
Kristen Cabral, (808) 956-5039
University and Community Relations
Posted: Dec 26, 2001

HONOLULU — The University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa‘s College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR) is joining the effort to protect Hawaiʻi‘s water quality through a program called HAPPI — Hawaiʻi‘s Pollution Prevention Information program. The HAPPI-Home series focuses on a variety of pollution sources around the home and offers worksheets designed to help residents assess the level of pollution risk around their homes and learn ways to reduce the sources.

There are 16 worksheets in the HAPPI-Home series with an introductory questionnaire that guides users to only the worksheets that they need. Each worksheet provides additional information on a specific topic, such as "Reducing pollution risks from your trash," "Runoff control in your yard and garden," or "Motor vehicle maintenance," among others. Contact information for local resources is included to help users implement new practices.

"When we change our oil, fertilize our lawns, and walk our dogs, we produce pollution," explained Melissa Richards, educational specialist with CTAHR‘s Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management. "Fertilizers, cleaning products, motor oil, and other chemicals are entering the water that we swim and fish in. Once we learn how our everyday activities impact our water, we can change our habits to minimize the amount of pollution created.

"Many pollution reducing changes are surprisingly easy to make," Richards said. "Simply switching where you wash your car can make a difference. By washing your car on the lawn instead of in the driveway, you give the grass and soil a chance to prevent some of the soap, waxes, and oils from reaching our streams."

The HAPPI program is a risk assessment and educational tool that addresses specific pollution risks in Hawaiʻi. It was developed from national materials from the Farm Assessment System & Home Assessment System, a program first developed in Wisconsin with a focus on groundwater protection.

For more information or to obtain copies of the worksheets, visit www2.ctahr.hawaii.edu/wq/HAPPI. Individuals wanting single hard copies of the worksheets and groups wanting camera-ready copies for printing may contact Melissa Richards at (808) 956-2617. Workshops on pollution prevention with HAPPI-Home are also available through Spring 2002.

For more information, visit: http://www2.ctahr.hawaii.edu/wq/HAPPI