A swimmer enjoys Hilo’s new, energy efficient Student Life Center
Hilo’s Student Life Center goes for gold
UH Hilo’s new Student Life Center opened in fall 2008 with fitness facilities, a juice bar, an Olympic-size pool and design elements aimed at earning a LEED gold rating. The Student Life Center’s application for a gold rating is supported by two dozen steps taken to earn LEED credit points.
Most projects achieve LEED goals by working in harmony with the surrounding environment or promoting changes in everyday practices with a design that employs natural elements to reduce energy use.
The south wall, where the sun’s rays are strongest, is built with concrete blocks topped by windows to block out the sun’s heat. The north wall of the cardio room is largely comprised of windows, which allows significant light to enter the area and requires less energy to power the artificial lighting.
Skylights and dormers throughout the building diffuse natural light, while the placement of a deep roof overhang, windows and louvers create spaces that can be cooled through natural ventilation.
During construction, the project turned an astonishing 17 tons of scrap drywall into usable products. Twelve tons of cut-off scraps were incorporated into the free mulch mix, offered by Eko, the Big Island green waste recycling station at the East Hawaii landfill. The rest were crushed and used on site in place of calcium as a soil amendment. The landscaping will also utilize native or adapted species that require no irrigation.
An official rating by the U.S. Green Building Council is expected within the next four to six months.
Our strategic vision for the University of Hawaii’s 10 campuses is grounded in Native Hawaiian values, including a strong sense of community, mutual respect and the need to conserve and care for limited resources.
This weekly update highlights projects and programs systemwide that demonstrate that, at UH, sustainability matters.
Sustainability Matters updates
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Focus on alternative fuels
July 27 — A panel of representatives from local companies engaged in the research and production of alternatives to fossil fuels will discuss current developments and visions for the future.
Training a green workforce
July 20 — Maui Community College is partnering with Maui Economic Opportunity Inc. to train an eco-friendly workforce.
July 13 — The TechHui Conference at UH Manoa includes breakout sessions on renewable energy and other sustainability topics.
New Windward library goes green
June 29 — Windward Community College Library Learning Commons will feature solar panels, motion-activated lights and waterless urinals.
Free eWaste recycling
June 22 — Free electronics recycling program for educational institutions during Summer 2009.
Clean Car Corridor
June 1 — East-West Road on the UH Manoa campus will become the Clean Car Corridor as part of Hawaii Clean Energy Day on Saturday, June 6.
Hawaii Clean Energy Day
May 26 — The Outreach College hosts Hawaii Clean Energy Day, a day-long program of speakers, panels and vigorous discussion centering on the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative.
Energy conservation tips
May 18 — Information Technology Services provides energy conservation tips related to computers and other office equipment.
Sustainability grant awarded
May 4 — A team of Manoa researchers has been awarded a $1 million research grant on the broad topic of sustainability
Study renewable energy on Maui
Apr. 27 — Maui Community College is offering a special eight-week summer program focused on the principles of renewable energy.
Earth Day 2009
Apr. 6 — Manoa invites the community to join in for Sustainability Fest in honor of Earth Day 2009 on April 22.
UH Hilo Going Green
Mar. 16 — UH Hilo considers over 100 projects and ideas for sustainability and energy savings on campus.
Making the Sustainability Grade
Feb. 23 — Windward Community College is recognized as “Exemplary” in a national report gauging trends in campus sustainability.
New sustainable campus breaks ground
Jan. 26 — UH West Oahu recently celebrated a ground blessing ceremony at the site of its future new campus in Kapolei, an event more than 30 years in the making.
Growing Green Workshops
Jan. 12 — Manoa’s Outreach College presents a series of sustainable gardening workshops beginning in February.
Sustainability research worth $1 million
Jan. 5 — Manoa’s Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education announces an internal competition for a $1 million research grant in the broad area of sustainability.
UH Manoa goes “green” for the holidays
Dec. 22 — More than a dozen facilities will help save electricity costs by volunteering to shut off building air–conditioning from Christmas Eve through January 4.
Sustainability at Kapiolani
Dec. 1 — Campus community helps transform Kapiolani Community College to be more environmentally-friendly and sustainable.
Leeward Going Green
Nov. 10 — As part of its 40th anniversary celebration, Leeward Community College is going green!
Maui as a National Model
Nov. 3 — The Maui campus is recognized for groundbreaking practices in sustainability and for meeting workforce and institutional development needs.
Oct. 27 — A student-led initiative aims to transform a 34-year-old building into a modern model for saving energy and reducing demands on the environment.
eWaste Disposal Days 2008
Oct. 20 — UH leads a statewide effort to reduce pollution through earth-friendly disposal of unwanted end-of-life electronics in an environmentally safe manner.