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Media Advisory: 2nd Annual Sustainability in Higher Education Summit

University of Hawaiʻi
Daita Serghi, (646) 283-5048
Interim Sustainability Coordinator
Posted: Mar 11, 2014

The 2nd Annual Hawai’i Sustainability in Higher Education Summit

Contact:   Daita Serghi, Interim Sustainability Coordinator, (646)-283-5048

When:  March 13-15, 2014

Where: Windward Community College – Hale Akoakoa

*Media tours of the Aquaponics Research Facility at WCC are available upon request.  

The University of Hawai’i System is working with higher education colleagues and the community to promote sustainability in higher education and our communities across the state.

Sustainability is critical in decision-making and planning for our state and our educational institutions. Over the past year, a Sustainability Strategy has been developed by student leaders, faculty, and staff at the University of Hawai‘i. This led to the January 2014 decision by the UH Board of Regents to amend the mission statement of the university to include a commitment to sustainability.

This marks an important milestone not only for the UH System and higher education in Hawai’i, but all of Hawai’i's communities.  It is in this spirit that we invite you to the 2nd Annual Hawai‘i Sustainability in Higher Education Summit.

The three-day conference will engage participants in four tracks including Policy and Planning; Program Sharing (Curriculum, Operations, Green Workforce Development & Sustainable Businesses); Skill Building and Service Projects; and Student Leadership. Student members of the newly launched statewide Student Sustainability Coalition of Hawai‘i will organize a Student Forum to share experiences of their efforts in working toward more sustainable campuses and to organize cross-campus sustainability projects


THURSDAY, March 13, 2014

9:45-10:50 a.m.  Keynote and Introduction to Statewide Sustainability Strategy

  • Wendell Brase, Vice Chancellor, Administrative & Business Services, University of California, Irvine
  • Aurora Winslade, University of Hawai‘i Manoa, Sustainability Coordinator
  • Doorae Shin, Leader of the Student Sustainability Coalition of Hawai‘i
  • Jeffrey Acido, University of Hawai‘i Student Regent

5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Sustainability in Higher Education Awards Ceremony, Dinner, Keynote

  • Mitchell Thomashow, President Emeritus Unity College, Director Second Nature Presidential Fellows Program, Author of Nine Elements of a Sustainable Campus

FRIDAY, March 14, 2014

3:45-4:45 Group Tour of Windward CC including rain garden, Bioprocess Medicinal Garden, Hale La‘akea (library learning commons), and CTAHR aquaponics research facility

SATURDAY, March 15, 2014

8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Service projects and skill-building workshops
(various locations)

12:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Student Forum

Full program at: