SSCH bridges a connection between students working on or passionate about environmental sustainability on University of Hawaii campuses across the Hawaiian islands.
History & Background of SSCH:
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Our mission: The mission of the Student Sustainability Coalition of Hawaiʻi / Hui Haumāna Mālama Hawaiʻi is to cultivate a system of sustainable learning environments throughout Hawaiʻi.
Our Vision: We envision fully sustainable, green and thriving campuses for a perpetual living connection between these islands and their people.
Our Shared Values:
Passion / Koni : Members of SSCH are passionate and fueled by a shared mission to see the goals of the coalition actualized effectively, efficiently, and in a fun and engaging manner;
Voice / Leo : SSCH provides a safe space for ideas to be shared, and encourages engagement of diverse perspectives, skills and leadership abilities;
Diversity / ʻAno : SSCH recognizes the skills and talents of its members and encourages that their gifts be shared and grown through actions of leadership;
Accountability / Kuleana : Members share a sense of kuleana as environmental stewards of the islands of Hawaiʻi. SSCH members exhibit leadership and are accountable for their roles;
Place-based / Mālama ʻāina : SSCH seeks placed-based solutions and incorporates indigenous values into its work and solutions;
Cooperation / Laulima : The coalition values cohesion amongst its members, as well as the bridges built within its larger community network;
Social Justice / Kaulike The coalition incorporates social justice and equality in its definition of sustainability.
Annual Student Sustainability Summit
As part of the Annual HI Sustainability in Higher Education Summit, SSCH hosts a Student Sustainability Summit every year to gather students passionate about sustainability from across the Hawaiian islands.
SSCH students testified to the Board of Regents to advocate for the BOR Sustainability Policy, passing in January 2014 with unanimous support; this policy commits to goals of “carbon neutrality, zero-waste, and local food self-sufficiency” for the University of Hawaii System.
Students, faculty, and staff across the University of Hawaii system have joined the global movement, inspired by 350.org.
This campaign calls for the UH Board of Regents to pull out the millions of dollars that UH Foundation has invested in the fossil fuel industry. Current investment in fossil fuels fails to achieve the mission of UH and contributes to climate change by supporting big emitters of greenhouse gas emissions.
Annual Hawaii Sustainability in Higher Education Summit