Kapiʻolani CC sustainability project generates fuel, fertilizer and more


Narrator: The fertilizer in the culinary program’s
garden, and the fuel running a campus golf cart, all started as used cooking oil from Kapi‘olani
Community College’s kitchens. The campusʻ processor takes in cooking oil
and generates biodiesel and liquid glycerin as a byproduct. Biodiesel and glycerin are key elements of
a sustainability project involving chemistry, culinary and economics students that won the
2018 UH President’s Green Project award and $10,000. The chemistry students have already learned
six different ways to test the biodiesel’s purity and quality. Victoria Hallett: I really enjoy this project
because it’s a real world application of what I learned in the class. Narrator: Through a dual-credit program, Kaimuki
Christian School seniors Elise and Emily Kuwaye are among the chemistry students working on
the project. Elise Kuwaye: I think it goes to show that
you don’t necessarily need millions of dollars in order to forward the protection of our
environment. Emily Kuwaye: What I’m hoping will come
out of this project is just new ways for us to be more sustainable. Narrator: The chemistry and economics students
are also researching uses beyond fertilizer for glycerin such as soap, candles, a degreaser,
and cosmetic and Hawaiian medicinal uses. Kathleen Ogata: We live on an island, so sustainability
becomes very important, and I think teaching our students also about real world issues
is a very good thing. Narrator: The big hope is that the biofuel
system will help other community colleges and communities become more sustainable.

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