Wednesday April 2, 2014 Sustainability Council Meeting

Attendees: Doorae, Nicole, Gabe, Ted, Donna, Crysttal, Noelle, Marc Ouye, Bill Unruh, Tony

Agenda/partial notes available here

1. Ted Radovich presentation

Faculty since 2006

3 acres of organic land in Waimanalo

SOAP – Sustainable and Organic Agriculture Program is an umbrella for a bunch of

programs, tries to be inclusive rather than exclusive.

SOFT very visible face of CTAHR to the campus

Kulanui – brand developed with agricultural discards

2 classifications of compost

– Green waste – Hawaiian Earth Products – from home green waste bins

– Hand-crafted

Compost quality is very important if you want to sell the product

– Decentralized composting would be great at the building level but the

– In-vessel system is best for large amounts

problem is always management

o $10,000 KCC System

o 1000 pounds/day $50,000


Having both red worms and blue worms is best.

Red wigglers tolerate neglect better than blues, higher tolerance of

anaerobic conditions

Best systems are side-to-side instead of top & bottom

Vermicompost is higher in quality, lower in quantity, targeted use

Mindy Jaffe – huge system

Pearl City Urban Ag center

They now vermicompost in Waimanalo from Sweet Home Waimanalo

Places to get that mesg to create bins DiY

Koolau Farmers

Home Depot/Lowes


City and County

System at KCC is hybrid – automated/hand crank

Met with company that does in-vessel system (Biorator)

Ë NRCS often will pay for these systems (50%) cost share

In order to manage the quality of the output, you adjust, you could do post


Q. Shredded paper as the carbon input?

A. Yes, good source, don’t know if printer ink is a problem, worms seem happy

Donna: They’re considering an in-vessel system at campus center

Q. Bokashi system?

A. Uses EM. Good at odor management. It’s low throughput though.

Q. Horizontal trough systems with vermicompost possible on campus?

A. Yes, but needs continuous labor, would have to look pretty

– Biorator has the biggest throughput

– Logistics of trucking waste, schedules, probably more expensive

– Would have to find uses for it on campus if it was done on campus

– (could reduce fertilizer budget)

– Currently green waste on campus

2. Brainstorm on next year

Gabe: What can the council actually do?

Doorae: The chancellor is receptive and the council will become

Tony: We can continue to be a clearinghouse for information. Also inform the

Bill: Sounding board of ideas. For example, for use of electricity on campus.

Tony: We Need $ to do these things. Look at UC Irvine – energy stuff more than


university as a whole. We need more visibility.

Crystal: Look at the politics of these things. When do you need students to

Ted: Faculty and staff implement the solutions that students come up with.

pays back for their salaries. We need someone that’s 100% dedicated

to energy.

push? When do you need faculty to push? They have diff…

Students are less confined. When there’s turnover in a position, make

it a sustainability position

Tony: We’re working under the problem of funding from the legislature.

Ted: social media/website

Doorae: Not a tweeter, doing the Facebook, doing the webpage.

Ted: There’s people who are already doing social media, how do your bring those

people in? We found it to be incredibly important for CTAHR. We have

someone who does that for us.

Crystal: The webpage is key.

Key Theme: We need more people and resources.

3. Discussion of next years’ summit:

East-West center would be good

Ballroom @ campus center

Kennedy Theater



Could use the shuttle system

We need to shot the outer islands what we’ve been doing

We need to showcase the research that’s going on.

4. Updates

1. Tony Kuh:

a. Formed a committee to address utility cost

i. Includes Denise & Rick from chancellor’s office, Antolini,

b. Hopes to work with facilities to implement sensor networks around


Rocheleau, and others.

2. We are meeting in May for council

3. Bikeshare Hawaii is looking for an executive director.

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