First annual summit on Sustainability in Higher Education in Hawai'i

University of Hawaiʻi
Aurora Winslade, (808) 689-2317
Director of Sustainability, UH West O'ahu
Posted: Apr 8, 2013



What:    A gathering of campus and community members from across the state who are interested in          

               creating more sustainable universities in Hawai’i.

Who:     Hawai’i colleges and universities and the community

Where: University of Hawai’i West O’ahu Ballroom, Kapolei

When:   Thursday, April 11th at 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.

               Friday, April 12th at 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.


The First Annual Hawai’i Sustainability in Higher Education Summit will include policy planning and program sharing of sustainability initiatives in the University of Hawai’i’s ten-campus system. Participants will develop objectives toward improved environmental stewardship and greater cost-savings through efficient use of resources in areas such as energy, water and waste management, food systems and curriculum. The discussion will also include other higher education colleagues at Hawai’i Pacific University, Brigham Young University--Hawai’i, and Chaminade University.


The two-day conference aims to produce a UH System policy document on sustainability, and provide an opportunity for campuses and the community to share insights and best practices on sustainability.


Guest speakers include Leith Sharp, Chair of the Sustainable Futures Academy and Harvard Sustainability Instructor; Kamuela Enos, Social Enterprise Director at MA’O Organic Farms; Matthew St. Clair, Sustainability Manager at the University of California Office of the President; and UH President M.R.C. Greenwood.


Gold sponsors of this event are Hawai'i Energy, Hawaiian Electric Company and Johnson Controls.  The event is also made possible by the efforts of the UH Office of the Vice President for Community Colleges.


About 10 exhibitors will also be on hand with the latest information on sustainability in higher education and posters and presentations will be shared by experts from across the state.