The Greening of Your Thumb

The Greening of Your Thumb

Recently, we were turned on to some very creative cats who are joining students of architecture with top-tier designers, builders and suppliers in order to create sustainable solutions throughout Oahu. The project, entitled Build Lightly Studio, is a collaborative effort between the University of Hawaii's Architecture School and outsiders willing to work on non-profits. Starting this week, the studio is reaching out to those throughout Hawaii—including visitors interested in voluntourism—to participate in Saturday "build days." While learning how to implement green aspects to buildings (solar electricity, rain catchment systems, re- or upcycling of materials and so forth), you can get your hands dirty while meeting those who are inevitably going to change the landscape of Hawaii's design scene, one mud brick at a time.

The inaugural design-build project is the renovation of an existing structure (a good place to start for those looking to improve upon their own dwellings) that will be used as a bunk house for a group called Ho‘oulu Aina. Located deep in Kalihi Valley, it will house groups of students that volunteer their weekends for environmental work in the area.

The project includes sleeping areas, an exterior kitchen, green roof and more.

Those eager to learn the ropes will find this is the perfect way to get a green foot (or thumb, as it were) in the door of green building. The  day begins at 9 a.m. and lasts until 4 p.m., now through April 16th, 2011. Interested parties (you needn't be an architect or builder; all tools and instruction will be provided) should register at http://buildlightly.com. They are looking for up to 8 people each week.

Starting this week, the studio is reaching out to those throughout Hawaii including visitors interested in voluntourism—to participate in Saturday "build days."