UH launches master of landscape architecture program

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The School of Architecture at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa will offer a new professional graduate degree, the master of landscape architecture (MLA), beginning in fall 2018. [caption id="attachment_2606" align="alignnone" width="676"] A site design exercise—Revealing a Landscape.[/caption] Graduates will obtain a thorough knowledge of the core skills and applications of contemporary landscape architecture with a focus on sustainable design in tropical and subtropical, Hawaiian and Asia/Pacific environments. The MLA, the first landscape architecture degree offered in the state, is recognized by the Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board. The program is open to qualified applicants with bachelor’s degrees in any field of study. “Hawaiʻi, with its rich natural and cultural history and manifold environmental and social challenges, provides a unique place of learning and opportunity for cutting-edge landscape architectural research, teaching and practice,” said Judith Stilgenbauer, MLA program director and associate…
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UH and Hawaiian Electric Companies’ agree to collaborate on green tariff design

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The MOU between UH and HECO to collaboratively work together on an 'green' tariff" as part of a larger agreement to work collaboratively towards a master energy resource plan which [caption id="attachment_2491" align="alignleft" width="232"] Click image to download a copy of the MOU[/caption] promotes the growth renewable energy reduces carbon emissions to mitigate against climate change supports state 100% renewables by 2045 RPS contributes to stabilizing the grid lowers the cost of UH energy bills boosts clean energy sector strengthens campus and community resiliency advances EV infrastructure and adoption benefits all residents and businesses provides a model for others emulate:       Working group members include: Matthew K Lynch, UH System Sustainability Coordinator Miles Topping, UH Director Energy Management Doug Codiga, Legal Counsel to UH Michael Chang, Hawaiian Electric…
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NOVEMBER 27, 2017: “WE ARE STILL IN” CIVIC CONVERSATION

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NOVEMBER 27, 2017: "WE ARE STILL IN" CIVIC CONVERSATION In response to interest in the Paris Agreement and the COP 23 climate negotiation talks which recently concluded this month in Bonn, Germany, the UH Office of Sustainability is collaborating with the Hawaii Human Rights Institute and PACS 492 "Sustainable Development in Oceania" to produce an all-day symposium featuring films, workshops, and panels, culminating in a student-led model UN. Presenters will include State of Hawaiʻi officials and delegates to COP 23, experienced climate negotiators, UH climate experts, and student leaders. RSVP to any portion of the day's event at: wearestillin-conversation.eventbrite.com LOCATION: HĀLAU O HAUMEA KAMAKAKŪKALANI CENTER FOR HAWAIIAN STUDIES 2465 DOLE ST, HONOLULU HI 96822 (DOWNLOAD PARKING DIRECTIONS HERE) DOWNLOAD EVENT POSTER HERE HELP US BUILD THE UH SUSTAINABILITY COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE…
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Tracking Trash: UH Mānoa moving towards Zero Waste

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[caption id="attachment_2295" align="alignnone" width="1012"] Above: Navion Tagore-Erwin, the Waste Reduction Fellow with the UH System Office of Sustainability, conducting a pilot audit at the Agricultural Science Building.[/caption] For most people, trash is something better left out of sight and out of mind.  But not confronting our waste habits has fiscal and environmental consequences.   Based on procurement records, UH Manoa uses 21 tons of paper towels annually.  This cost $98,138.00 in 2016 and creates enough waste to cover 2,121 miles (nearly the distance from Hawai’i to California).  And this cost doesn’t account for the economic and environmental impacts (deforestation, depletion of freshwater resources, transportation emissions) associated with the production and distribution of paper towels.   The UH Mānoa community will have a rare opportunity to face their trash during the…
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[HONOLULUCC] Learn to sail a voyaging canoe

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Having traveled approximately 40,300 nautical miles, Hōkūleʻa is home from traveling around the world, but not for long. This fall she will depart on a mahalo sail around the state. In anticipation of the public’s interest to learn more about navigation, Honolulu Community College and the Polynesian Voyaging Society (PVS) are offering Level I Basic Crew Member Training starting July 11. The course consists of 15 sessions over eight weeks. In alignment with the University of Hawaiʻi‘s commitment to serving as a model indigenous institution of higher knowledge, Honolulu CC is promoting Hawaiian values and culture through these non-credit offerings and its Hawaiian studies degree program. Honolulu CC is the only campus to offer courses in Hawaiian astronomy and navigation through its Hoʻokele program at METC in which students receive…
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[CITIZEN SCIENCE] King tides give islands a glimpse into future sea level rise

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SDQKtp3JS6M Researchers from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa were out in force again this month to document and study the king tides that occurred on June 23 and 24. The water level along the coast, already expected to inundate nearshore areas with the some of the highest annual tides was enhanced by elevated water levels and a large south swell that arrived on the same day. The elevated water levels are due to an unusual combination of lingering effects of El Niño, natural Pacific-wide climate and sea level variability associated with the Pacific Decadal Oscillation, localized rotating eddies of elevated water level, and sea-level rise from global warming. According to the Sea Level Center at the UH Mānoa School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST), the high…
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[HONOLULUCC] The Partnership that saved Hōkūleʻa

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L5vP5T6KeYE Since 2002, the Polynesian Voyaging Society (PVS) and Honolulu Community College’s Marine Education and Training Center (METC) have been working together to develop a learning center that combines the voyaging and cultural expertise of PVS and the educational background of the University of Hawaiʻi into a new, experience-driven format of training for future students. “We are just so fortunate, so lucky, that there was a Marine Education Training Center and that there was a place to finally take care of Hōkūleʻa,” says PVS President Nainoa Thompson. “[The METC] was a place that we could conduct the kinds of education that are tied to our values and contribute to the strengthening of Hawaiian culture.” Restoring Hōkūleʻa Honolulu CC would step up again in 2010, when tens of thousands of volunteer…
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[CLIMATE CHANGE] Deadly heatwaves projected by 2100

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[video width="1280" height="720" mp4="http://www.hawaii.edu/sustainability/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/LethalHeatwaves_rcp85.mp4"][/video] 74% of the world’s population will be exposed to deadly heatwaves by 2100 if carbon gas emissions continue to rise at current rates, according to a study published in Nature Climate Change. Even if emissions are aggressively reduced, the percent of the world’s human population affected is expected to reach 48 percent. By 2100 New York is projected to have around 50 days with temperatures and humidities exceeding the threshold in which people have previously died. That same year, the number of deadly days for Sydney will be 20, 30 for Los Angeles, and the entire summer for Orlando and Houston. [caption id="attachment_2157" align="aligncenter" width="620"] Number of days in a year by 2100 when climatic conditions will exceed the deadly threshold. a, strong mitigation and b,…
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[UHMĀNOA] State-of-the-art Life Sciences building coming to Mānoa campus

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The first phase of construction of the Life Sciences building project on the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa campus begins in late June with the removal of Henke Hall, the future site of the state-of-the-art science facility scheduled to open fall 2019. Construction of the four-story, 45,000-square-foot structure will begin in late 2017 and is in step with the university’s strategic directions, to provide 21st century resources for learning, teaching, research and sustainability through LEED certification. Designed for interdisciplinary collaboration, the Life Sciences building will provide new facilities for the College of Natural Sciences biology, microbiology and botany departments along with the Pacific Biosciences Research Center and the Biological Electron Microscope Facility. It will include classrooms, teaching and research laboratories, laboratory support and office spaces to serve 1,000 students weekly…
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[HAWAIʻICC] Pālamanui campus earns LEED Platinum award

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The Hawaiʻi Community College–Pālamanui has earned a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum rating from the U.S. Green Building Council, the highest rating possible in the sustainable building program. “Hawaiʻi CC–Pālamanui is committed to being a community leader in West Hawaiʻi in the areas of science, culture and conservation,” said Hawaiʻi CC–Pālamanui Director Marty Fletcher. “By designing a campus to achieve the highest possible rating in the LEED sustainable building program we are demonstrating our commitment to those principles.” “Congratulations and thanks to our entire team for certifying another LEED Platinum building at UH,” said University of Hawaiʻi President David Lassner. ”The University of Hawaiʻi stands firmly committed to addressing the challenges of climate change and achieving our sustainability goals across our operations, education, scholarship, cultural connections and…
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