Sustainable movement leader holds book presentation, signing

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Posted: Mar 31, 2011

Shanah Trevenna
Shanah Trevenna
Shanah Trevenna, a UH Mānoa lecturer, author, and one of Hawai‘i’s sustainability movement leaders, will discuss her new book, “Surfing Tsunamis of Change,” as part of the Rhetoric for Social Justice Speaker Series. The public talk and book signing will take place on Monday, April 11, from 12:30-1:20 p.m. in Bilger Hall Auditorium, Room 152, on the UH Mānoa campus.
Trevenna is wrapping up a UH system-wide tour as the Wo Learning Champion Distinguished Lecturer. She is also returning from a mainland book tour that took her from San Francisco to Baltimore, Maryland, where she received the National Sustainability Champion Award from the American Association of College Professionals.
Trevenna will share her powerful narrative that shows how seemingly impossible personal and systemic change can be achieved by learning to surf the waves of change. When she realized her prized high-tech engineering job was hurting people and the environment, Trevenna left her corporate life and home country of Canada to go on a transformative journey that eventually landed her in Hawai‘i. As an unknown graduate student on the Mānoa campus, she worked with many others who shared the grand vision that Hawai‘i would be a model and world leader in sustainability. 
Despite great odds, their first project created $150,000 in annual energy savings for one building and inspired a movement now recognized throughout Hawai‘i. Trevenna’s book sheds new light on what stifles and creates change, and shows that—through engaging research and proven strategies—every individual, organization, business and community can ultimately create significant change in their lives and the world.