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Kapiolani campus becomes a lab for sustainability

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Alyssa Auerbach, a KCC apprentice cook, fried potatoes in the KCC cafeteria. The waste oil is processed into biodiesel.

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Soap samples and candle made from biodiesel fuel.

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Kapiolani Community College instructor David Brown, right, led students in the campus garden where biodiesel could be used to power a generator for the garden’s hydroponics system. With him are Mai Sudo, left, Victoria Hallett, and Emily and Elise Kuwaye. Chemistry, culinary, and economics students at KCC are working together to create a sustainable energy loop to reduce their carbon footprint. They are producing biodiesel from waste oil.