UH Manoa to launch "You've Got the Power!" campus campaign

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Linda Day, 808-956-9346
UH Office of Sustainability
Posted: Oct 23, 2003

The University of Hawaii at Manoa (UHM) will launch its "You‘ve Got the Power!" campus energy-conservation campaign on Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2003, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the UHM Campus Center Courtyard.

The aim of the campaign is to raise awareness and encourage the UHM community to reduce its energy use. This will conserve natural resources, minimize pollution and lower the campus‘ approximately $1 million monthly electricity bill.

"A comprehensive program to conserve energy is the only sensible way to manage resources in the present and for the future, especially for a large facility like ours," said Rodney Sakaguchi, UHM Vice Chancellor for Administration, Finance and Operations. "One significant part of such a program here is giving students, faculty and staff the opportunity to be part of the solution."

Bright yellow and turquoise stickers that suggest turning off lights and closing doors to keep in cooled air will be given out by the handful at the campaign kick-off. Campus members then can blanket classrooms and offices to get out the energy-conservation message.

The kick-off also will include energy-related displays, a brief talk by UHM Chancellor Peter Englert, and entertainment by local musician John Cruz.

The campaign launch is timed to coincide with October‘s national "Energy Awareness Month," which is designated by the federal Department of Energy. Sponsors include the UH Office of Sustainability; Pacific Action Alliance (PAʻA), a UHM student organization promoting positive and sustainable change; UHM Faculty Senate; UHM School of Architecture; UHM Hawaii Natural Energy Institute (HNEI); state of Hawaii Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT) Energy, Resources and Technology Division; Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO); Fuel Farm, the biodiesel production facility for the Invisible Kingdom of Humanity (IKOH); and Sustainable Hawaii.