Feb 8-10, 2018, Hawaiʻi Sustainability in Higher Education Summit

The 6th Annual Hawaiʻi Sustainability in Higher Education Summit #HSHE18 will convene from February 8-10, 2018, on Hawaiʻi Island. Delegations from all ten University of Hawaiʻi campuses gather to learn together from local practitioners, national subject matter experts, and each other.

THEME: Exploring the meeting of wisdoms between indigenous ancestral knowledge systems and western empirical sciences.



This purpose of this year’s event is to:

  • learn from indigenous ancestral knowledge systems
  • share examples of integrating indigenous ancestral knowledge into contemporary practice
  • support faculty in developing sustainability courses across the curriculum
  • share best practices in applied learning and campus operations to meet energy, water and waste reduction targets
  • feature curriculum, teaching, research, community & cultural engagement activities
  • feature  student and faculty work conducted during AY17-18’s Many Minds, One University focus on addressing the Grand Challenges of Water
  • share best practices and lessons learned from across the broad & diverse field of sustainability in higher education
  • recognize leadership in sustainability education and practice at our annual awards ceremony

For the first time, this year’s summit will include a virtual symposium on both days, livestreamed to the internet w/ capabilities for remote interaction. This will include virtual keynotes from the Worldwatch Institute’s Erik Assadourian (“Is Sustainability Still Possible?”) as well as the annual “State of the State Climate Update” from UH climatologist Dr. Chip Fletcher.

The Meeting of Wisdoms dialogue continues this year during the plenary session on Day 2, with a panel discussion featuring Dr. Pua Kanaka’ole KanaheleDr. Christian Giardina, Luka (Kanakaole) Mossman, Kealakaʻi KanakaoleUlumauahi Kealiʻikanakaʻoleohaililani, moderated by John DeFries.

Campus delegates will be invited by their campus sustainability committees, and each campus will host the livestream at a physical space on your campus to ensure access for those unable to participate in-person.

Contact mklynch@hawaii.edu with any questions.

UH students and community practitioners explore an ancient cave along a restored trail adjacent to the Pālamanui campus.






University of Hawaiʻi System
Hawaiʻi Community College
University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo
University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa
University of Hawaiʻi at West Oʻahu
University of Hawaiʻi Maui College
Kapiʻolani Community College
Honolulu Community College
Windward Community College
Kauaʻi Community College
Leeward Community College
Office of Sustainability