Manoa Sustainability Council
The MSC meets on the third Wednesday of the month from 3-4pm in HIG 210. Due to COVID, we have cancelled our meetings until further notice.
System SustainabilityFor information about sustainability at the UH system level, see www.hawaii.edu/sustainability
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Here are some updates from the UHM Sustainability Council community. Thanks for all the great work that you are doing!
(1) UH System-wide Waste Audit (Nicole Chatterson)
The UH Office of Sustainability is launching our System-Wide Waste Audit program webpage, … Read the rest
Here are some sustainability announcements from the community:
* Joseph Brown, a professor in the Dept of Mechanical Engineering, teaches an introduction to materials science and would like to hear suggestions for places on campus where students can apply their … Read the rest
The UHM Sustainability Council met from 3-4pm on January 15, 2020. Topics of discussion included the following:
* COP25 update (Kekoa Andrade)
Kekoa attended COP25 in Madrid. A major topic was how to enable states, cities, and universities to enact … Read the rest
The UHM Sustainability Council met from 3-4pm on Wednesday, November 20. Discussion topics included:
* The Go Carbon Neutral project has rescheduled their “Plant 10,000 Trees In One Day (actually, 3 hours)” event for December 7, from 2 – 5pm, … Read the rest
The UHM Sustainability Council met from 3-4pm on Wednesday, October 16. Topics of discussion included:
* Sustainability initiatives with the Student Caucus, GSO, and UNA.
Ari Eisenstat is a member of the UH Student Caucus, GSO, and the United Nations … Read the rest
The UHM Sustainability Council met from 3-4pm on Wednesday, September 18. Topics of discussion included:
(1) From Makena Coffman: The Institute for Sustainability and Resilience (ISR) is happy to announce that it is very close to launching a BA in … Read the rest
The UH Manoa Sustainability Council held its February meeting from 3-4pm on Wednesday, February 20, in HIG 210. A summary of the discussion follows:
* Marcie Moribe provided an overview of recent sustainability initiatives at Manoa Food Services. They received … Read the rest
The October meeting of the UH Manoa Sustainability Council was held on October 17, 2018 at 3pm in HIG 210. Here’s a summary of the conversation:
* Manoa Dining Services is a part of Sodexo, a large company with 420,000 … Read the rest
The UHM Sustainability Council met from 3-4:15pm on Wednesday, September 19. Here’s a summary of the discussion:
* Free Garden Project. Gaye Chan provided an overview of the Free Garden Project, which is an outgrowth of the Eating in Public … Read the rest
The UHMSC met on Wednesday, February 21, from 3-4pm in the FROG building on the College of Education campus.
* FROGs (Flexible Response to Ongoing Growth) are buildings designed to help UH get to Net Zero, in part by designing … Read the rest
The UHM Sustainability Council met on January 17 from 3-4pm in POST 801. Here is a summary of the meeting:
* Sustainability Virtual Symposium (Nicole Chatterson). The 6th annual sustainability summit will be held on Feb 8-10. To reduce carbon … Read the rest
The November meeting of the UH Manoa Sustainability Council was held on Wednesday, 11/14. Reports include:
* UHM Waste Audit. One day audit in three buildings. Significant results include high amounts of Starbucks coffee cups and paper towels. In comparison … Read the rest
The UH Manoa Sustainability Council met from 3-4pm on September 20, 2017. Topics of discussion included:
Kaka’ako Sustainability. Astrid Holzinger is researching her masters thesis in sustainable urban and regional development at the University of Graz in Austria. She is … Read the rest
The UH Manoa Sustainability Council held its February meeting on Wednesday, February 15, from 3-4pm in HIG 210. A summary of the discussion:
Rebecca Ryals and her students gave a presentation on the UH Nitrogen Footprint Project. This project will … Read the rest
Summary of the meeting
* Sustainability Curriculum & Research meeting (Michael Cooney, Matt Lynch).
OCN 101 (Introduction to environment science and sustainability) will be launched in Fall 2017. At end of course, disciplines can send faculty to talk about how … Read the rest
The November meeting of the UH Manoa Sustainability Council was held on November 16 from 3-4pm. Here’s a summary:
Net Zero Classrooms
Jim Maskrey discussed Project FROG (Flexible response to Ongoing Growth); two new net zero buildings with PV to … Read the rest
The October meeting of the UH Manoa Sustainability Council was held on October 19 from 3-4pm. Here’s a summary:
Matt Lynch and Krista Hiser told us about a lecture by Erik Assadourian (http://www.worldwatch.org/users/erik-assadourian) last week called “Is Sustainability … Read the rest
The September meeting of the UH Manoa Sustainability Council occurred on September 21 from 3-4pm in HIG 210. Here are meeting notes:
New sustainability courses for Spring 2017:
- Special Topics in Sustainability: Food and Food Waste (TPSS 491). Mondays at
The Manoa Sustainability Council met in HIG 210 from 3-4pm on April 20, 2016.
Summary of meeting:
UHM Earth Day (Jordan Metoyer). 9:30 – 4pm this Friday!! Music, vendors, yoga, poetry. Looking for volunteers to work on art mural tomorrow … Read the rest
The Manoa Sustainability Council met in HIG 210 from 3-4pm on March 17, 2016.
The Manoa Sustainability Council met on Wednesday, February 17, at 3:00pm in HIG 210.
Sustainable Summer ’16. Outreach college is co-sponsoring with the IUCN a certificate program for high school and college students. Involves courses, Sakamaki Extraordinary Lectures, green films, … Read the rest
The Manoa Sustainability Council met in HIG 210 on Wednesday, January 20, from 3-4pm.
Sustainability Intern Opportunity. Help with Earth Day, Weigh the waste, paid position, about 10-15 hrs/week, $8.66/hr. Contact Lana.Hudson@sodexo.com for more details.
Weigh the Waste … Read the rest
UH Mānoa is committed to working towards sustainability and reducing our environmental footprint. We have recycling bins across campus (see map!) and have recently installed new signs to aid in properly sorting recyclables and refuse. Buildings and Grounds Management … Read the rest
The Manoa Sustainability Council met in HIG 210 on Wednesday, November 18, from 3-4pm.
- Sustainable UH: Weigh the Waste w/UHM Dining Services (Kristen Jamieson)
- UHM and UH System sustainability meeting (Steve Meder)
- UH System: Latest updates (Matt Lynch)
The Manoa Sustainability Council met in POST 601 on October 21, 2015 from 3-4pm.
- Sustainable UH: Manoa Soup, Recycling Campaign (Kristen Jamieson)
- Pedal Power Project, Energy Display (Jessica Sevilla)
- Manoa Dining Services: UH Food Day, Wasteless November (Lana
Wednesday, September 23, 3:00-4:00pm, HIG 210
- Introductions (everyone)
- History of UH sustainability in 120 seconds (Philip Johnson)
- Introduction to the UH System Office of Sustainability (Matt Lynch)
- Recycling initiatives by Buildings and Grounds Management (Roxanne Adams)
- Projects for IS 489
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
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
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
Robert 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 … Read the rest
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 … Read the rest
The approved policy encourages the use of reusable and compostable products, and it bans EPS foam … Read the rest
The 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
The mission of Sustainable UH is to catalyze further implementation of earth-friendly practices at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. We envision our campus as a global hub for island sustainability.
The mission of the Hawai’i chapter is to grow and support a community of leaders … Read the rest
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
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
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
Time/Place: 3:30-5:30pm, Kuykendall Hall #307
- Welcome and Introductions (Group- 10 minutes)
- The UHM Sustainability Council Organizational Development
- Minutes from September meeting
- Progress since September and connection to UH System Sustainability (Philip Johnson / Steve Meder – 5-10 minutes)
- Web Connections
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
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
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
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
2. UHMSC Structure:
- 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
ASUH Resolution Supporting Sustainability:
WHEREAS, In the prior FY2011 UHM electrical costs were … Read the rest
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 … Read the rest
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
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
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
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 … Read the rest
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
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
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
The University of Hawaii Energy Strategy 2008-2015 document outlines challenges and responses to UHM’s energy issues.
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
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
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
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
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
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 … Read the rest
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, … Read the rest
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
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 … Read the rest
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 … Read the rest
The 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
- Use energy wisely
- Practice sustainable water use
- Minimize negative impact on the land
- Create sustainable buildings
- Promote alternative transportation
- Minimize material waste
- Adopt green purchasing policies
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
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.
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
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 … Read the rest
The Environmental Center of the University of Hawaii at Manoa was dedicated to the advancement of environmental management through education, research and service. Established in 1970, it facilitated access to interdisciplinary expertise within the university to enhance understanding of environmental … Read the rest