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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.