Event Description:

The 3rd Annual Hawaii Sustainability in Higher Education Summit is a three day conference February 26-28, 2015 for work planning, program sharing, and skill building for sustainability for the University of Hawaii 10-campus system and higher education colleagues at Hawaii Pacific University, Brigham Young University—Hawaii, and Chaminade University. Organized by a collaborative group of faculty, staff, students, and administrators throughout the state, and supported by University of Hawaii System Office and Vice-President for Community Colleges John Morton, the conference will include four tracks:

  • Policy Work and Planning – build on the proposed UH Sustainability Policy created at the 1st Annual Summit and develop action plans to establish goals and projects
  • Program Sharing – through concurrent sessions and a poster session, share best practices and case studies
  • Skill Building and Service Projects – through Friday workshops and Saturday site visits and service project, develop skills and contribute through community work
  • Student Leadership – Develop action plans for the Student Sustainability Coalition of Hawaii, the newly formed statewide student organization


Build on the foundation created at the 1st & 2nd Annual Summits for a statewide and University of Hawaii System Sustainability Strategy – establish sustainability goals through a work session, share best practices, and build lasting relationships to support institutional sustainability transformation.


Event Details:

Who:  All campus and community members interested in helping create more sustainable universities in Hawaii
Where:  University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, HII;
When: Thursday, February 26th – Saturday, February 28th, 2015
Registration: Stay tuned

Key Goals and Outcomes:

  • Honor and learn from host culture and the history of our place
  • Produce do-able action plans for the UH System Sustainability Strategy
  • ——Encourage collaboration and coordination across the state’s higher education institutions
  • Share case studies, best practices, and challenges through concurrent sessions and a poster session in key topic areas such as recycling, energy efficiency, transportation, curriculum, student life, food systems, and campus operations
  • Learn skills to support sustainability transformation on campus and beyond
  • —Encourage and support student leadership
  • —Build lasting relationships among participants
  • Celebrate our successes
  • Help to improve/beautify the host institution and the community it serves through a service project


  • Integrate the Hawaiian perspective on the natural environment and honor Hawaiian culture and history; honor, in particular, the place where the event is hosted
  • —Be as close to Zero Waste as possible
  • Practice carbon off-setting
  • —Be participatory, inclusive, and interactive
  • —Allow time for talking story and relationship building
  • —Balance work on broad-based sustainability strategies (policies, positions, assessments) and work on specific topics/projects
  • —Make the event accessible to a wide variety of people including faculty, staff and administrators, and students; provide scholarships for those who could not otherwise attend
  • ——Grow and improve over time

For more information:
Please Contact Us or email Matt Lynch, Event Coordinator

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