What project, innovation, research or leadership initiative will you share that changes the face of sustainability in higher education in Hawaii?
The 3rd Annual Hawaii Sustainability in Higher Education Summit, will take place on February 26, 27 & 28, 2015 to continue setting the course for 21st century campus sustainability. This year’s event, themed “Innovation & Action” has a focus on collaboration, sharing, and skill building for sustainability innovation and action in the University of Hawaii 10-campus system and higher education colleagues at Hawaii Pacific University, Brigham Young University—Hawaii, and Chaminade University.
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.
CALL FOR PROPOSALS IS NOW OPEN!
Who: All campus and community members interested in helping create more sustainable universities in Hawaii
Where: University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, HI;
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
- Learn from 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
What will the summit consist of?
Organized by a collaborative group of faculty, staff, students, and administrators throughout the state, and supported by University of Hawaii System Office, the Office of the Vice-President for Community Colleges John Morton, and the Office of the Vice-President for Administration Jan Gouveia, 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 student leadership for the Student Sustainability Coalition of Hawaii, the newly formed statewide student organization