Fourth Annual Hawai`i Sustainability in Higher Education Summit + Working Sessions



This year’s summit will take place on March 10-12, 2016, and will continue setting the course for 21st century campus sustainability at the University of Hawaii.

In past years we’ve attempted to provide a platform for leaders in sustainability across our state could come to share best practices, network, and engage with the university.
This year our focus is more internal, working to connect & share across the campuses so that UH can collectively become a smarter, more effective institution.

While members of the public are always welcome on our campuses, they should be advised that this year’s programming will be very specific to UH. The public is invited to participate in the public plenary sessions on Thursday and Friday morning, contact us if you would like to attend.

The public is also invited to attend hunt + gather, an art exhibition of works made from foraged detritus, showing at The Commons gallery in conjunction with the Sustainability Summit (UHManoa ART Building) M-F 10am-4pm  /  Su 12-4pm.

The Summit + Working Sessions will be held at the East West Center’s world-reknown Hawaii Imin International Conference Center, and will focus on:

  • Learning from our rich foundation of indigenous ancestral wisdom
  • Sharing best practices & lessons learned from the field
  • Peer networking & learning
  • Celebrating our successes by acknowledging leadership in sustainability
  • Learning from national & international perspectives and experiences

Two half-day working sessions will be convened by invitation-only to advance the university’s work on:

  • Campus Sustainability Planning – share draft campus sustainability plans that have been developed across campuses, and create shared framework to track & measure progress systemwide that allows for each campus to plan & implement in a way that is appropriate to its unique context
  • Sustainability Curriculum Coordination – sketch out what sustainability curriculum exists at each campus, including `Ike Hawaii & Malama Honua, STEM, Sustainability, SENCER and more to craft the compelling vision of what UH could look like as a model indigenous serving institution with world-class sustainability teaching & learning opportunities. This working session will build from the gathering convened by President Lassner at UH Hilo on Feb 12th to provide a forum for these different groups to being communicating & coordinating with each other.
  • Student Leadership –  identify resources and next steps needed to support statewide Student SustainabilityCoalition of Hawaii (SSCH), and begin planning to support UN World Youth Summit hosted in Hawaii in summer 2017 + annual summer student leadership events beyond. All students that were nominated by their peers for the President’s Green Student Leader Award will be invited to participate in this session.
  • Strategic Energy Management – working with key internal & external stakeholders to optimize energy performance across campuses and coordinate existing resources to develop framework for a Strategic Energy Partnership to accelerate progress towards our net zero energy goal .

We look forward to seeing you again and will be announcing Keynote speakers soon, stay tuned!

Thank you to our generous sponsors:


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Former Student Sustainability Coordinator Doorae Shin welcomes the crowd.

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