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About Earth Day

The Earth Day Event at UH Mānoa is an annual tradition which promotes existing sustainability efforts on-campus and in the community to foster networking, involvement, inspiration, and a sense of momentum among student, faculty, staff, and administration in sustainability and … Read the rest

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About the UHM Landscaping Department

Our mission at the UH Mānoa landscaping department is to develop the campus grounds into a botanical garden which students and faculty can use as a resource for teaching and learning. Because of our geographical location and a history rich … Read the rest

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About Student Sustainability Coalition of Hawaii/Hui Haumāna Mālama Hawaiʻi

The mission of the Student Sustainability Coalition of Hawaii (SSCH)/Hui Haumāna Mālama Hawaiʻi (HHMH) is to cultivate a system of sustainable learning environments throughout Hawaiʻi. We envision fully sustainable, green and thriving campuses for a perpetual living connection between these … Read the rest

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Graduate student wins international sustainability award

robert_brewer_u_hawaii_manoaRobert Brewer (PhD, Computer Science, 2013) has won the 2013 Graduate Student Research on Campus Sustainability Award from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).  He accepted the award on October 6, 2013, at AASHE’s annual conference … Read the rest

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Report on a plastic-free UHM

During Spring, 2014, five undergraduates (Ileana Argyris, Wyatt Bartlett, Cheuck Ng, Alyse Rutherford,  and Alex Young) completed a report on the issues related to the University of Hawaii at Manoa campus becoming (single use) plastic free.  The report contains the results of a survey … Read the rest

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UHM bans styrofoam

styrofoam-banThe University of Hawaii at Manoa has implemented a new policy on sustainable food products that phases out the use of styrofoam on campus.

The approved policy encourages the use of reusable and compostable products, and it bans EPS foam … Read the rest

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1st Annual Sustainability in Higher Education Summit

summit-banner-2The purpose of the 1st Annual Sustainability in Higher Education summit is to establish a statewide and UH System sustainability agenda that will provide individual campuses with a framework for commitments and support campus efforts to move from vision to … Read the rest

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About Sustainable UH

The mission of Sustainable UH is to be of service to those establishing the University of Hawaii system as a world leader in sustainable education, research and practices by providing “student-power” for energy audits, waste audits, de-lamping, and other green … Read the rest

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About NetImpact

net-impactNet Impact is a global organization of over 20,000 members, making it one of the most influential networks of students and professionals in existence today.

The mission of the Hawai’i chapter is to grow and support a community of leaders … Read the rest

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About Surfrider-UHM

surfrideruhmanoaThe Surfrider Foundation student chapter at UH Manoa has the mission of protecting and enjoying our oceans through a powerful student activist network.

For more information, please see our Facebook Page.… Read the rest

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New model for Indo-Pacific climate change prediction

A breakthrough in Indo-Pacific climate predictions is now reported in a study spearheaded by Hiroki Tokinaga, associate researcher at the International Pacific Research Center at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, and published in the November 15, 2012 issue … Read the rest

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Minutes of 11/7/12 Manoa Sustainability Council meeting

Sam King – update on three campus projects:

  • Lighting: retrofit planned is currently “in legal” in UH system (apparently writing language to put out to bid).
  • PV: PPA for campus, new approach is to break up into phases starting with
  • Read the rest

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Sodexo holds Sustainability Challenge

Sodexo, the company behind the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa’s dining services on campus, held a week-long Sustainability Challenge from Oct. 22-26 to promote sustainability efforts on campus and encouraged students by offering prizes.

Sodexo is also present at many … Read the rest

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Agenda for 10/3/12 Manoa Sustainability Council Meeting

Time/Place: 3:30-5:30pm, Kuykendall Hall #307

  1. Welcome and Introductions (Group- 10 minutes)
  1. The UHM Sustainability Council Organizational Development
    1. Minutes from September meeting
    2. Progress since September and connection to UH System Sustainability (Philip Johnson / Steve Meder – 5-10  minutes)
    3. Web Connections
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UHM Sustainability Policy Statement (October, 2012)

The University of Hawai‘i at Manoa (UHM) campus has a rich history of research, curriculum development, and stakeholder activism on issues of sustainability. The 2003 UHM Sustainability Charter outlined nine broad areas of commitment that have since been embraced widely … Read the rest

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Sea Grant Program requests sustainability proposals

Preliminary proposals are requested for the University of Hawai‘i Sea Grant College Program (UH Sea Grant)  funding in 2014-2016.

Proposals that integrate physical, biological, and social sciences toward addressing issues that are relevant to living sustainably along coasts and that … Read the rest

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Kuykendall Hall renovation has net-zero energy goal

The University of Hawai’i Sea Grant Center for Smart Building and Community Design worked with the UH Administration and the Department of Energy to establish a new approach to net-zero energy building design for the campus. The renovation of Kuykendall … Read the rest

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Achieving Our Destiny: 2011‐2015 Strategic Plan Initiative 4 (MSC Revision)

The following is a revised version of Strategic Plan Initiative 4 created by a working group from the Manoa Sustainability Council during September, 2012.

Sustainability is a core value that cross ‐cuts each of the four strategic goals outlined in … Read the rest

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Minutes of 9/5/12 Manoa Sustainability Council Meeting

1. Introductions

2. UHMSC Structure:

Voting Members:

  • Student Housing representative; interested and motivated, official spot puts their skin in the game. About 4,000 students living on campus. Good suggestion.
  • Food services? Public commitment, Sudexo? Others? Food services person in UH auxillary
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ASUH and GSO pass resolutions supporting sustainability

The following resolution was adopted by ASUH during Spring, 2012.  The same resolution was also adopted by GSO.  Sam King was a principal author of this resolution.

ASUH Resolution Supporting Sustainability:

WHEREAS, In the prior FY2011 UHM electrical costs were … Read the rest

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UHM Strategic Energy Plan 2012

The strategic energy plan identifies over $66M in potential energy efficiency and renewable generation projects, energy savings of over $37M per year.

Read the full report here.… Read the rest

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UH Manoa receives a “B” for sustainability

The College Sustainability Report Card for 2011 has awarded UH Manoa a grade of “B”.   The College Sustainability Report Card is the only independent evaluation of campus and endowment sustainability activities at colleges and universities in the United States and Canada. In … Read the rest

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Chancellor Hinshaw announces cluster hire in Sustainability

The cluster that will be funded this coming year is “Integrating Marine Science, Economics, Engineering, Design and Policy for Sustainable Coastal Communities”. The lead unit is SOEST, in collaboration with Engineering, Social Sciences and Architecture. The proposal authors are: Gordon … Read the rest

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Hawaii must become national leader in sustainability

By Virginia S. Hinshaw and Stephen E. Meder

Hawai‘i must lead the way in sustainability and the reasons are many.  Hawai‘i is more dependent on electricity generated by fossil fuel than any other state in the nation. We have the … Read the rest

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About the USGBC Student Group at UHM

The mission of the USGBC at UH Manoa Student Group is to help recruit, equip, and connect the next generation of leaders to the green building movement and sustainable-design industry by empowering students to transform their campuses, careers and community.… Read the rest

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About Cycle Manoa

Cycle Manoa is a student volunteer organization dedicated to promoting and enabling cycling on the University of Hawaii campus, and throughout the Island.  We provide bike repairs to students for free, and parts at cost, as well as hands on learning of … Read the rest

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About the Center for Renewable Energy and Island Sustainability

The Center for Renewable Energy and Island Sustainability  includes faculty and students from the College of Engineering and eight other schools and colleges to work on cutting edge research and education problems in renewable energy and island sustainability. Current funding … Read the rest

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About the Manoa Sustainability Council

The Manoa Sustainability Council, formerly known as the Manoa Sustainability Corps, is an organization composed of students, faculty, and staff concerned with sustainability issues that is charged with providing advice and council to the Chancellor regarding sustainability issues on the … Read the rest

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About the Kukui Cup

The Kukui Cup Project explores novel ways to utilize concepts from information technology, community-based social marketing, serious games, and educational pedagogy to support sustained change in sustainability-related behaviors.… Read the rest

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UHM Energy Strategy 2008-2015

The University of Hawaii Energy Strategy 2008-2015 document outlines challenges and responses to UHM’s energy issues.

See the full document here.… Read the rest

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About Manoa Green Days

Manoa Green Days is a program to reduce operating costs, to perform in a more environmentally friendly manner, and to practice cooperation within the UH Manoa community. In this program, volunteer building coordinators from more than 20 campus buildings communicate … Read the rest

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Green House Gas Report for the University of Hawaii

The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UH Mānoa) is one of several institutions within the University of Hawai‘i System. Our inventory was carried out for the operations of the main campus of the University of Hawaii at Manoa (UHM). There … Read the rest

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About SOFT (Student Organic Farm Training)

Sustainable and Organic Farm Training is a diverse group of undergraduate and graduate students who share common interests in growing food sustainably and having fun. SOFT was initiated in 2007 and the SOFT Student Farm began in the spring of … Read the rest

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Green Building Design and Clean Energy Policy

The Green Building Design and Clean Energy Policy was first offered to the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UHM) campus community at the UHM  Chancellor’s Energy Summit on October 24, 2006. At this event Interim Chancellor Denise Eby Konan  announced … Read the rest

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About Sustainable Saunders

The Public Policy Center of the College of Social Sciences sponsors the Sustainable Saunders Initiative as a collaborative effort among faculty and students to make Saunders Hall a model of workplace sustainability. The Initiative was designated by the UH Manoa … Read the rest

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UH Manoa holds sustainability retreat

The UHM Campus Sustainability Retreat was a full day session held at the Wai`loli Tea Room in Mānoa on September 16, 2005. The purpose of the retreat was three fold: to identify work in the various areas of sustainability currently being conducted … Read the rest

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About the Ecology Club

The Ecology Club at UH Manoa is a group of environmentally conscious students and faculty. The Ecology Club includes Environmental Studies students as well as students taking different majors. The club gets involved in service projects, field trips, field experience, and … Read the rest

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UH Manoa helps develop Hawaii 2050 plan

The Hawaii 2050 Sustainability Task Force was created to answer the following questions: What do the people of Hawai‘i want for the future of our islands in the 21st century? What is the community’s will for the future of our … Read the rest

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Campus Master Bicycle Plan

The goal of the Campus Master Bicycle Plan is to increase bicycling as a form of safe, routine transportation to and around campus for faculty, staff, students, and members of neighboring communities. The UHMBC proposes incentives for bicycle use through the identification … Read the rest

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About Hawaii Energy Policy Forum

The Hawaii Energy Policy Forum is a collaborative forum for sharing ideas & information, recommending & advocating policies & initiatives, and promoting civic action to achieve Hawaii’s preferred energy future.  It has created a 10 point plan to meet Hawaii’s preferred Read the rest

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About the Biology Club

Biology ClubThe Biology Club at UH Manoa is a undergraduate Registered Independent Organization that enjoys exploring and restoring the unique island biology through hikes, snorkeling, algae clean ups, and other volunteer opportunities. With members in a wide range of majors, the … Read the rest

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UH Manoa adopts charter of sustainability

The UH Manoa charter of sustainability, adopted in 2003, involves 9 strategic goals:

  1. Use energy wisely
  2. Practice sustainable water use
  3. Minimize negative impact on the land
  4. Create sustainable buildings
  5. Promote alternative transportation
  6. Minimize material waste
  7. Adopt green purchasing policies
  8. Enhance
  9. Read the rest

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About the Environmental Studies Program

The Environmental Studies Program at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa offers opportunities for individually designed courses of study under the Interdisciplinary Studies Program of the Colleges of Arts and Sciences. The program offers two options: a Bachelor of Arts Read the rest

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About the Landscape Advisory Committee

The Landscape Advisory Committee promotes an attractive, appropriate, and sustainable campus environment with a Hawaiian sense of place that encourages and fosters positive academic and social interactions.

For details, see the website.… Read the rest

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UHM Long Range Development Plan

The 1987 UH Mänoa Campus Long Range Development Plan (LRDP)
was commissioned to provide an organizing vision for the campus and to
guide subsequent development in a manner so as to address and correct
the deficiencies which were apparent after … Read the rest

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About the Hawaii Natural Energy Institute

The Hawaii Natural Energy Institute performs research, conducts testing and evaluation, and manages public-private partnerships across a broad range of renewable and enabling technologies to reduce the State of Hawai‘i’s dependence on fossil fuel.  It is is an organized research unit … Read the rest

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About the Environmental Center

The Environmental Center of the University of Hawaii at Manoa is dedicated to the advancement of environmental management through education, research and service. Established in 1970, we facilitate access to interdisciplinary expertise within the university to enhance understanding of environmental … Read the rest

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About UH Sea Grant College Program

The University of Hawaiʻi Sea Grant College Program (UH Sea Grant) is part of a national network of 32 programs that promote better understanding, conservation, and use of coastal resources. UH Sea Grant works in partnership with the University of … Read the rest

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