A local Hawaii organization has been honored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for its work in Hawaii schools.
Kokua Hawaii Foundation and founder/executive director Kim Johnson received an Environmental Award from the agency’s Pacific Southwest office.
The agency lauded the foundation’s ability to encourage recycling, eating healthy and environmental stewardship among youth thanks to programs like AINA in Schools and Plastic Free Hawaii.
“EPA is pleased to honor Kim Johnson and the Kokua Hawaii Foundation for increasing environmental awareness and stewardship in our young people,” said regional administrator Jared Blumenfeld. “Their farm-to-school and plastic free initiatives teach students the value of taking care of their health and the health of the unique and precious Hawaii environment.”
Johnson and her husband, musician Jack Johnson, founded the Kokua Hawaii Foundation in 2003 as a non-profit organization that supports environmental education in the schools and communities of Hawaii.
The EPA Pacific Southwest region’s Environmental Awards program acknowledges commitment and significant contributions to the environment in California, Arizona, Nevada, Hawaii, Pacific Islands and tribal lands.
Groups and individuals were selected from nominees received this year from businesses, local, government officials, tribes, media, environmental organizations and community activists.