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Keynote Presentations

Kamuela Enos, Towards an A`ina-Based Sustainability Model
Leith Sharp, National and International Efforts of Sustainability in Higher Education
Matthew St. Clair, Sustainability in the University of California System – A Roadmap to Success

Program Sharing

Biomimicry: Achieving Sustainable Solutions by Emulating Nature’s Patterns and PrinciplesCheryl Soon, SSFM International and Paul Woolford, Hellmuth, Obata + Kassabaum
Biomimicry is an innovative method to achieve sustainable solutions to human challenges by emulating nature’s patterns and principles. Biomimicry complements practices in Native Hawaiian culture and practice because it seeks harmony with nature and it emphasizes care of the land (malama aina). These values existed in traditional times and remain highly relevant today. This session includes a presentation on the Genius of the Biome and applied examples from education and institutional facilities in Hawaii and elsewhere. Attendees will learn how to identify site, building and infrastructure challenges on their own campus and to apply biometic thinking to identify solutions.

Campus GardensJennifer Chirico, UH Maui College, Gabriel Sachter-Smith  and Rebekah Harter , UH Manoa
Hawaii imports 85% of its food. Becoming more food secure is a key aspect of sustainability. Teaching students, who are not necessarily in an agriculture program, to grow their own food is a critical educational step for sustainability. Join us as we discuss current garden initiatives on UH campuses, their challenges and rewards, and recommendations for how these projects can be transferred to other campuses.

Campus Sustainability Operations & Partnering for Energy EfficiencyCurt Christiansen , Brigham Young University-Hawaii, Scott Rees, Johnson Controls, Ray Starling , Hawaii Energy and Stephen Allen , Hawaii Pacific University
Facilities management in higher education should be approached by employing a dynamic interpretation of the physical environment, with an end in mind to benefit the people who use its infrastructure and resources. Sustainable measures are therefore first assessed for outcome, then undertaken where prudent, to wisely manage the trusted university assets while aligning to support the goals and mission of the institution. This panel will explore through discussion and demonstration, various methods to improve the educational atmosphere in both qualitative and quantitative measures. Our hope is to inspire attendees with a takeaway of viable solutions that may be replicated throughout other campuses; for future gains in energy savings, sustainable management practices and ultimately customer satisfaction.

Campus Sustainability Planning - Steve MederKevin Griffin & Sanphawat Japutawarakul , UH Manoa, Grant Murakami & Roy Takemoto , PBR Hawaii

Challenges and Recommendations for ‘Visitors’ Teaching Design in the Developing World towards Sustainable Equitable Futures: Four Divided Nations - Marga Jann Paper PDF , University of Cambridge Centre of Development Studies and Chaminade University of Honolulu
Presentation includes projects and student work/animations from Professor Jann’s teaching experience and practice in the developing world.

Clean and Alternative Transportation: electric vehicles, collaborative consumption, and transportation demand management - Anne Ku , UH Maui College, Crysttal (Atkins) Steiner , UH Manoa, John Foy , Enterprise Rent A Car, and Justin MacNaughton , GreenCar Hawaii
Transportation in the State of Hawaii consumes about 61% of imported oil, nearly half of which for ground transportation. At UH Manoa, Transportation Demand Management (TDM) examines all modes of transportation and parking policies. UH Maui College leads a consortium of partners in electric vehicle readiness to reduce dependence on petroleum as well as to increase use of renewable energy in electricity generation. Collaborative consumption, a key concept in sustainability in which the usage of existing resources is optimised through sharing (e.g. time share, car share, ride share) offers new choices for alternative clean transportation. A discussion panel follows the two presentations of UH Manoa and UHMC with practical industry examples by Enterprise Rent A Car and GreenCar Hawaii.

Climate Change Adaptation and Higher Education - Cole Roberts , Arup
Responding to climate change requires both mitigation and adaptation, with particularly profound implications on the built environment. Drawing from original research and experience working with institutions of higher education, corporations, and government, Cole Roberts will present content from the recently released book Two Degrees: The Built Environment and Our Changing Climate. His presentation will be organized to inform the statewide and UH System climate response and will provide individual campuses with a framework to build on existing success.
A conversation as much as a presentation, the panel will engage audience interaction and feedback. Topics will include:
· Resilience and Adaptation Planning
· Emerging success factors in Coastal Communities
· Working on outdated information
· Climate Positive Communities and ZNE Buildings
· How we make decisions – the psychology of choice.
· Case Study References for Further Reading.

Faculty Perspectives on Students and Sustainability: from Engagement to EmpowermentPhilip Johnson , UH Manoa, Regina Ostergaard-Klem , Hawaii Pacific University, and Tim Botkin , UH Maui College
This panel provides three perspectives on how faculty can engage and empower students around sustainability issues. Regina Ostergaard-Klem will discuss a partnership between the Hawaii Pacific University Environmental Science/Studies (ENVS) program and Hui o Ko`olaupoko (HOK) resulting in ongoing water quality monitoring at He’eia stream and a newly constructed rain garden on the HPU Hawaii Loa campus. Tim Botkin will describe curriculum approaches in use at Maui College to treat sustainability as a holistic, ongoing process, using facts and ‘problem driven’ analysis, and the tools which allow students to do so. Philip Johnson will discuss the Kukui Cup, technology developed at UH Manoa that combines education, feedback, incentives, and game mechanics for energy behavior change, and the results from its use at UH Manoa, Hawaii Pacific University, and the East West Center.

Interns Building New Careers and a Sustainable Hawaii - Shanah Trevenna , Smart Sustainability Consulting, Scott Cooney , UH Manoa , Marguerite Harden , Kupu/RISE, and Les Harper , Brigham Young University-Hawaii
Internships have become the vehicle for Hawaii’s much needed green workforce development. Learn how students are transforming Hawaii’s businesses, organizations and communities, and creating entirely new jobs for themselves prior to graduation.

SENCERizing Classes for Sustainability with a Sensitivity for Traditional Hawaiian Values and KnowledgeBob Franco, Kapiolani Community College, Ulla Hasager, UH Manoa, David Krupp, Windward Community College, Kanaloa Schrader, KCC & UH Manoa, and Nelson Fernandez, UH Manoa 
SENCER stands for Science Education for New Civic Engagement and Responsibility (www.sencer.net). Our group, Hui o Moku, created by five UH system faculty from KapCC, WinCC, UH Mānoa, and UH Hilo has been cooperating across disciplines and institutions for the last nine months organizing around the theme of sustainability with a sensitivity for traditional Hawaiian values and knowledge. We are aiming at strengthening student learning and interest in the sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics by connecting course topics to issues of critical local, national, and global importance. We are focusing on real world problems and infusing social relevance into the curriculum – beginning with our own courses and involving six new faculty members in the process.
Our panel will discuss our efforts, describing what we are doing, explaining to others how to get started, and soliciting suggestions from those attending our panel discussion.

Student Perspectives on Engaging Higher Education in the Practice of SustainabilityKamuela Enos, MA`O Organic Farms, Doorae Shin Alyse Rutherford & Alex Young (Presentation PDF coming soon), UH Manoa, Christina Salomone , California State University

Survivability in Hawaii: What’s Next After Sustainability? - Pete Mouginis-Mark , UH Manoa
In the decades ahead, Hawaii will be facing many pressing issues that collectively are currently considered to be sustainability issues. Building capacity in renewable energy, continued access to fresh water, dealing with soil depletion, our reliance on imported food, and the foreboding impacts of climate change (e.g., sea-level rise, coral reef degradation, loss of fishing resources, and increased storm severity) will all become increasingly important to all our lives. It is argued here that adaptation to these changes, rather than simply sustaining what we currently have, will become increasingly important no matter how difficult it may now seem. UH cannot solve these issues alone, so how best can we provide the technical information on which planning for this adaptation be addressed? Who should UH be talking to in order to increase the possibility that lifestyles in Hawaii in the year 2050 (or 2100) will have any relationship to the present lifestyle? This talk is intentionally a “call to arms” for UH faculty, staff and students to engage the general population, local leaders and the business community in addressing the issues that go beyond “sustainability” as we now define it. Come and get engaged before it’s too late!

Sustainability Across the Curriculum: Kapi’olani’s “S” Designation and other Adventures in Course Design - Krista Hiser (Presentation PDF coming soon), Kapiolani Community College, Jeanne Marie IorioSusan Matoba Adler and Keola Jimeno (Presentation PDF coming soon), UH West Oahu, Jim Henry , UH Manoa, and Tara Rojas , Leeward Community College
Faculty teaching existing courses like Spanish and Composition share their experiences integrating sustainability content and place-based learning into the curriculum; others have had the opportunity to create new courses in Creative (Systems) Thinking and Sustainability in Early Childhood Education. Kapi’olani Community College recently approved an S Designation for General Education requirements. Join this session to hear how faculty across the UH system are reinventing the curriculum around sustainability, and how student learning is impacted.

UH Campuses Sustainability Talk Story - Jennifer Chirico , UH Maui College, Cam Muir , UH Hilo, and Eric Knutzen , Kauai Community College
Jennifer Chirico, Executive Director of the Sustainable Living Institute of Maui, Eric Knutzen, Executive Director of Ho‘ouluwehi – The Sustainable Living Institute of Kaua‘i, and Cam Muir, Faculty and Sustainability Coordinator at UH Hilo, will be sharing their insights about how sustainability is serving their students on campus and in the community at large. They will also be discussing how their sustainability programs can be transferred to other campuses.

Utilizing AASHE Resources and the STARS Program to Move Towards Campus SustainabilityJosh Prigge , Hawaii Pacific University, Joie Taylor , UH Maui College, and Jillian Buckholtz , AASHE
This panel will discuss AASHE’s Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System (STARS) program, and how it has been used at Hawaii Pacific University and UH Maui to conduct sustainability assessments at the universities. AASHE representative, Jillian Buckholtz, will discuss the STARS program in detail as well as the various resources AASHE has to offer your campus sustainability initiatives.

Posters

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  • Design Innovation Inspired by Nature: The Pacific Center for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric AdministrationPaul Woolford, Hellmuth, Obata + Kassabaum
  • From Lights to Lessons: The Evolution of the Sustainability Committee at KCC - Carl Jennings, Kapiolani Community College
  • A Global Perspective of Education for Sustainability at the University of Hawaii at ManoaKorynn Elliott, UH Manoa
  • Inventions to Standards: Taking Solar form an Actor-Network to a Clean Energy Norm in HawaiiAdrienne Kleid, Hawaii Pacific University
  • Linking recreation and research: A critical evaluation of coral reef health monitoring data derived from Reef Check Hawaii volunteersRachel Knapstein, Hawaii Pacific University
  • Sustainability through CollaborationCielia Morse, UH Manoa
  • Talking Story with the Sustainable Living Institute of Maui 
    at UH Maui CollegeJennifer Chirico, UH Maui College
  • UH Campus Food Sustainability Project - Saleh Azizi, UH Manoa
  • UH Manoa Landscape Mapping Project - Austin Stankus, UH Manoa

Presenters Bios

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Susan Matoba Adler, Faculty, UH West Oahu.
PresenterSusan Matoba Adler, Ph.D, is a professor of Early Childhood and Elementary Education and Chair of the Faculty Senate at the University of Hawai’i West Oahu. Her research is on the historical and socio-cultural perspectives of Asian American families, currently on the how children and families were impacted by internment at Manzanar and Honouliuli. Her book, Mothering, Education, and Ethnicity: The Transformation of Japanese American Culture published in1998 was situated in the Midwest, where she taught and grew up. She was on the faculties of the University of Wisconsin (Platteville and Madison), the University of Michigan (Flint and Ann Arbor), and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign before coming to Hawaii in 2006 to create the UHWO articulated ECE program.

Stephen Allen, Faculty, Hawai`i Pacific University.
Stephen Allen<Dr. Stephen Allen is an Associate Professor of Environmental Science in the College of Natural and Computational Sciences at Hawai`i Pacific University. He is part of the environmental science program and teaches a variety of courses in environmental science and chemistry, specializing in energy and the built environment. He received his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Toronto. Dr. Allen worked on various renewable energy research projects at the Hawai`i Natural Energy Institute at the University of Hawai`i at Manoa prior to joining HPU. His interests in green buildings led to him becoming a LEED Accredited Professional. He believes in involving students in efforts to decrease the impact of university buildings, particularly through the use of green building rating systems, such as LEED.

Tim Botkin, Faculty, UH Maui College.
Tim BotkinTim is an Instructor in the Sustainability Sciences Management program at UH Maui College, having taught sustainability courses since 2008. Prior to teaching he practiced environmental and land use law sixteen years, and was county Land Use Administrative Judge for seven years. Then as County Commissioner he focused on smart growth, comprehensive water management, transit-oriented development, youth asset building, budget reform and urban redevelopment. Later a sustainability consultant, among other things he directed an innovative LEED platinum clean energy business park and sustainable business institute design.
Tim holds a J.D. from the University of Oklahoma and Masters in Sustainability Management from James Madison University and the University of Malta. At UHMC he is sponsor of the Student Ohana for Sustainability, chairs the campus sustainability committee, and teaches terrific sustainability courses. His current applied research project seeks to identify and facilitate decision-making processes which consider all relevant costs and benefits, instill sustainable thinking and practices on the college campus, and extrapolate those effectively into the greater community. Working through UHMC provides bountiful opportunity to pursue sustainability in this manner.

Jennifer Chirico, Executive Director, UH Maui College.
Jennifer ChiricoDr. Jennifer Chirico is the Executive Director of the Sustainable Living Institute of Maui (SLIM) at the University of Hawaii Maui College (UHMC) and an adjunct professor in the Sustainable Science Management Bachelor’s program at UHMC. At SLIM, she is involved in a wide range of community outreach activities related to increasing understanding of sustainability and how it can be adopted and implemented at both organizational and individual levels. She works with individuals and organizations from the public, private, educational, and non-profit sectors and presents to a variety of audiences on a wide range of sustainability-related topics. She holds a Ph.D. in environmental policy and a master’s degree in public health. Her research expertise is in air quality, green building, transportation, sustainable waste management, and renewable energy. She is the founder of the Maui Chapter of Women in Renewable Energy (WiRE) and serves on the boards for Hawaii WiRE, the Sustainability Association of Hawaii, the Hawaii Public Utility Commission IRP, and TEDxMaui.

Curt Christiansen, Project Manager, Brigham Young University-Hawaii.
Curt ChristiansenCurt Christiansen is a Construction Project Manager and the Capital Needs Analysis Coordinator at BYU Hawaii, since 2005. From an early age he longed to live in the place where his mother and relatives grew up, who treasured and shared many fond memories. With background in construction work Curt came to Laie, Hawaii in 1989 shortly after serving a two year full time mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He attended BYU Hawaii, while working in the construction industry, later graduating in Business Management and finding his eternal companion. He and Dr. Anna Marie Christiansen, a faculty member of BYU Hawaii, are now living their dreams while raising two beautiful daughters in Laie. Curt serves on SWATT (Sustainable World Action Technology Team), lending his talents to spearhead energy saving initiatives throughout campus, generally in the lighting and electrical venues. His goals are to provide a high level of customer service, -and reduce campus energy consumption; to better conserve sacred monies graciously donated for the maintenance and improvement of the university by its tithe-paying supporters.

Scott Cooney, Faculty, UH Manoa.
Scott CooneyScott Cooney is an adjunct professor of sustainability in the MBA program at UH Manoa. In the class, he guides students through a semester long project to either do some sustainability consulting for a local company, or write a business/marketing plan for a green business that uses private enterprise and a profit motive to solve one of Hawaii’s main challenges: food, energy, and waste.
Scott is the author of Build a Green Small Business (McGraw-Hill), the developer of the Hawaii themed sustainability board game GBO Hawaii (www.gbohawaii.com), and the publisher of the Important Media Network. The Important Media Network reaches millions of readers every month with timely and informative sustainability and health information.

Korynn Elliott, Student, UH Manoa.
Korynn ElliottKorynn is a graduate student at Drexel University, studying an M.S. in Global and International Education with a concentration in Education for Sustainability. She is now a visiting researcher at UH focusing on Education for Sustainability in Higher Education. Previous work includes 4 years at the Institute of International Education, working for the Fulbright Program. She completed her B.A. in Foreign Languages at University of Alaska Anchorage.

Nelson Ikaika Fernandez, Student, UH Manoa.
PresenterNelson is a graduate student in Mechanical Engineering at UHM and the Pālolo STEM Outreach Coordinator for the Pālolo Discovery Science Center. Sustainability and sustainable practices have been at the forefront of his work for many years. He has worked on research projects related to ocean wave energy conversion efficiency and urban wind turbine performance. His capstone project team designed and built a functioning wind turbine. Currently, he conducts research related to wave energy extraction and floating offshore wind turbines. He also promotes sustainability education at the Pālolo Discovery Science Center where he teaches youth about solar energy, aquaponics, water management, climate change, and energy efficient practices.

John Foy, Area Sales Manager, Enterprise Holdings, LLC – Hawaii Division.
John Foy has over 25 years of experience in the Travel Industry Transportation sector with a Car Rental and Airline background. His focus has been with Marketing and development of domestic and international programs for Corporate, Government, Institutional and Leisure channels. He has also served as committee chair and past president with the HTA Service Committee, HEA and SKAL Club of Hawaii.

Marguerite Harden, Program Manager, RISE/Kupu.
Marguerite HardenMarguerite Harden is the Rewarding Internships for Sustainable Employment (RISE) Program Manager at Kupu — a Hawaii-based 501c3 non-profit. With RISE, Marguerite has established a workforce development approach for addressing a wide range of Hawaii’s sustainability issues, including clean air, transportation, waste, energy, green building, urban planning, and education. She enjoys supporting higher education students and recent graduates by fostering a pipeline into sustainability-related jobs, building a network of mentors that work alongside paid interns, and empowering RISE interns to successfully accomplish environmental projects.
Marguerite holds a B.S. in Environmental Science and Studies, with master’s coursework in Natural Resources and Sustainable Development from American University. Prior to moving to Hawaii, she worked as a clean energy consultant in Washington D.C. for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), which led her to Hawaii to open a local office to support the goals of the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative. She currently serves on the board of Honolulu Clean Cities, is the founder of The Greener Reader book club, is an active “voluntourist”, and is a lifetime blood donor of over 2 gallons.

Les Harper, Faculty, Brigham Young University-Hawaii.
Les HarperA “serial” entrepreneur, Les Harper has started and grown several successful businesses in Canada. Retired at age 48, Les and his wife, Alpha, are volunteers at Brigham Young University-Hawaii. He teaches a course in Environmental Entrepreneurship. and has helped spearhead the school’s sustainability projects, including the “Give & Take” and a school-wide energy reduction plan.

Rebekah Harter, Student, UH Manoa.
Rebekah HarterRebekah is an undergraduate at the University of Hawai`i at Mānoa. She is a double major in Food Science and Human Nutrition with a focus in Dietetics and French Language and Literature (also with a minor in Chinese Language). Rebekah is currently the manager of The Free Garden, a community garden project on the university campus started in 2010 by Eating in Public. The garden aims to be a sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of everyday school life and a reminder to all that the school belongs to students and faculty and they have a right to reclaim it. Rebekah has a passion for integrating the physical and mental benefits of working in the earth with ones hands. The act of something physical and completely different from the daily stress of college classes, study and social life is proving to be great introduction to the balance of nutritious, sustainable, “campus home grown” food and stress relief. (Think of it as a kind of informal horticulture therapy to build psychological hardiness.) Last year Rebekah spent a semester in Quebec, Canada working and learning new techniques in organic farming and marketing. This international experience reinforced her enthusiasm for engaging her peers of all academic disciplines to embrace a sustainability lifestyle. Recently, Rebekah has been working of the development of a therapeutic horticulture group, Growing Conscious 1.0, she hopes to use the information learned though the group’s development to encourage the creation of similar groups on other college campuses.

Ulla Hasager, Faculty, UH Manoa.
Ulla HasagerDr. Ulla Hasager is the Civic Engagement Specialist for the College of Social Sciences, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. She teaches Ethnic Studies at UHM and Anthropology at Kapiʻolani Community College. Dr. Hasager’s areas of research includes historical anthropology, human and environmental rights with a focus on indigenous peoples and ethnic groups of the Pacific, ethnic identity and education – and she is one of the leaders in Hawaiʻi promoting the pedagogy of service learning in institutions of higher education. She works with students, faculty, administrators, and community partners to expand the level of civic engagement in higher education and the community. Among several innovative civic-engagement initiatives, she is part of is the Pālolo Pipeline Program (PPP), for which she is the daily leader. PPP is an umbrella and model program, coordinating a number of projects and partners in Pālolo Valley (including surrounding institutions of higher education) aimed at improving educational opportunities for the low-income, immigrant/native community of the valley. She is also program coordinator (with Professor Nelda Quensell of KCC) of the cultural-environmental Mālama I Nā Ahupua’a Service-Learning Program aimed at creating a sense of place and civic responsibility among students. Both programs have strong sustainability and STEM components.
Dr. Hasager was raised in Denmark but now lives in Kane’ohe with her extended Kanaka Maoli family.

Jim Henry, Faculty and Director, UH Manoa.
Jim HenryJim Henry is Director of the Mānoa Writing Program and Coordinator of Sustainability English 100 in the English Department at UHM. His current research focuses on how faculty across the curriculum respond to our place in Hawai’i and the Pacific in Writing Intensive (W) course and assignment design, and how students perform in those classes with such a place-based emphasis.

Jeanne Marie Iorio, Faculty, UH West Oahu.
Jeanne IorioJeanne Marie Iorio, Ed.D., is an associate professor in Early Childhood Education at the University of Hawai`i-West Oahu. She intertwines the arts and early childhood rethinking child-adult conversations as aesthetic experiences and is currently working on a documentary depicting the stories of LGBTI adults and their early childhood experiences. Jeanne Marie completed her doctoral work at Teachers College, Columbia University where she participated in several research projects including Spencer Grant sponsored research based on documenting teaching and learning in New York City. Other research experiences while completing her EdM at Harvard University include research on the state of arts in public schools across the nation and supporting projects at Project Zero. Her current research interests include arts research methodologies, power differences between children and adults, and sustainability in early childhood education. Jeanne Marie presently serves as chair of the Critical Perspectives on Early Childhood Special Interest Group, American Educational Research Association.

Marga Jann, Faculty, University of Cambridge Centre of Development Studies and Chaminade University of Honolulu.
Marga JannMarga Jann is an Associate Professor in the Interior Design program. She has taught and practiced architecture and design in numerous countries besides the United States including Korea, Cyprus, Uganda, Britain, France and Sri Lanka, where she was a Fulbright professor. She is an affiliate member of Cambridge’s Centre of African Studies, a Visiting Scholar at The University of Cambridge’s Centre of Development Studies, has taught at Stanford University, and coordinated the Department of Interior Architecture and Environmental Design at Parsons School of Design in Paris. Her design work has been published in numerous magazines, books and journals including Architectural Digest, Domus, A+U, and The New York Times.
She is a strong advocate of sustainable live project service-learning; current projects run out of academe include a children’s home/school in Uganda and an urban renewal project in Wahiawa, Hawaii.
Other interests include dance, furniture and fashion design, calligraphy, languages, and chess. She is an avid reader and has written several articles about service-learning in design. Built projects have included embassies and museums as well as high-end residential and commercial work, homeless shelters, disaster-relief prototypes, orphanages, churches, hotels and affordable housing.

Sanphawat Jatupatwarangkul, Fellow, UH Manoa.
Sanphawat JatupatwarangkulSanphawat Jatupatwarangkul was practicing and teaching in the architecture and design industry in Bangkok Thailand before earning a Doctor of Architecture at University of Hawai’i at Manoa in Fall 2012. He is a national winner of the 2010 Natural Talent Design Competition hosted by US Green Building Council. Recently he has continued his efforts at UH in a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Advanced Building Energy Simulation and Computational Fluid Dynamics Simulation. His expertise is in environmental design and energy analysis approaches to architectural design. He now works as the Assistant Project Director of the Environmental Research and Design Lab (ERDL) with responsibilities in research, education, as well as supervision and coordination of BIM modeling and field surveying. Sanphawat ‘s vision for UHM includes an expanded knowledge of the campus’s environmental concerns through both design and education – ultimately improving campus’s the sustainable environment, quality of life, and reduction in energy consumption.

Carl Jennings, Faculty, Kapiolani Community College.
Carl JenningsCarl Jennings is an Assistant Professor of Art and the coordinator of the painting and drawing program at Kapi’olani community College. He has degrees in Art and Philosophy from San Francisco State University and Falmouth College of Arts in the UK. As a painter he has exhibited widely both nationally and internationally including the Contemporary Museum, the Maui Arts and Cultural Center and the Hawaii Museum of Art. In 2011 he created the first undergraduate course on creative thinking (Interdisciplinary Studies 161) in the University of Hawaii system. The course has recently been approved as a general education requirement and is also being taught at Leeward Community College by Tammy Cotton-Jennings. He was the first chair of the Sustainability Committee at KCC and currently serves on the Faculty Senate ad hoc Committee on Sustainability. His interests include the interface of art, philosophy, science and sustainable thinking as well as creativity studies, perception and color theory.

Keola Jimeno, Student, UH West Oahu.
Keola JimenoKeola N. Jimeno, is a senior at the University of Hawai’i West O’ahu pursuing a degree in Public Administration. With a strong background in electrical generation as a Control Operator at Hawaiian Electric Company’s largest electric generating facility and a Union Business Representative for the electrical workers for the Local Union 1260, his interest in sustainability was a natural transition. Keola practices his desire to build sustainable communities by volunteering at the University of Hawai’i West O’ahu Center for Labor Education and Research, assisting with the University’s energy monitoring initiatives, and writing the Sustainability in Early Childhood course. He is co-owner of Lucia Energy Research and Design LLC, hoping to enable people to improve their lives and communities through partnerships that put experience and research knowledge to work.

Adrienne Kleid, Student, Hawai`i Pacific University.
Adrienne KleidAdrienne received a BA in International Relations from San Francisco State University with an emphasis in Environmental Studies. During her studies she found an interest in climate science and sustainability. Her dreams have changed from leading international suitability efforts to becoming a sustainability manager at a hotel here in Hawaii. Given her interests and family in Hawaii, HPU’s Global Leadership and Sustainable Development Masters degree was a natural fit. As of this spring she has also become President of Leaders for a Sustainable Future club at HPU and has been organizing guest lectures, documentary screenings, helping design a suitable garden for campus, and is helping host PeaceJam which will be at HPU’s Hawaii Loa Campus on April 13th. She has a llot of background in theory and is hoping to have a greater depth of understand in practical applications in suitability. She is fascinated in the interactions of people and how their decisions are effected by each other and all the “stuff” around them, and is driven to learn how these can be used to help the state and the world. In her limited free time she enjoy glass blowing and painting.

David Krupp, Faculty, Windward Community College.
David A. KruppDr. David A. Krupp, Professor of Marine and Biological Sciences, Co-Director of the Pacific Center for Environmental Studies (PaCES) and the Faculty coordinator for the Marine Option Program at Windward Community College (WCC), has had considerable experience in administering and teaching education programs in the marine and environmental sciences. These programs have involved training younger school children, high school students, college undergraduates, graduate students, school teachers, and even college teachers. Dr. Krupp also holds an affiliate faculty position at the Hawaiʻi Institute of Marine Biology (HIMB) where he conducts research on the reproductive biology of coral. While Dr. Krupp’s main expertise is in the biology and ecology of coral reefs, he also has considerable experience in the water quality of Hawaiian streams, application of geographic information systems to environmental studies, and the oceanography of Hawaiian fishponds. He is president of Reef Check Hawaiʻi and a board member of the Waikalua Loko Fishpond Preservation Society. Dr. Krupp also exhibits considerable commitment to the Kāne‘ohe Bay environment and community. For a number of years, he served as HIMB’s representative on the Kāne‘ohe Bay Regional Council, a council that makes recommendations regarding management of the Bay to the Hawai‘i State Department of Land and Natural Resources.

Justin McNaughton, Co-Founder, GreenCar.
Justin is focused on business development, financing and marketing for GreenCar. He manages all operations on Oahu; including 2 Resorts, state partnerships, local customer service, and the fleet of vehicles. Before GreenCar, Justin was a commercial real estate agent for seven years in the San Francisco Bay Area. Justin established his career in sales as a regional representative in the action sports industry for O’Neill, Arnette, and Ocean & Earth. He lives with his family on Oahu.

Cielia Morse, Student, UH Manoa.
Cielia MorseCielia Morse is an undergraduate student at Shidler College of Business pursuing double Bachelor degrees in Business Management and International Business with a Minor in English. Also an Honors student working on the Modified Rain Catchment project as well as several sustainability initiatives through the Environmental Center as a student assistant. Future goals include studying Environmental Law at W. Richardson School of Law.

Pete Mouginis-Mark, Director, Hawaii Institute of Geophysics and Planetology.
Pete Mouginis-MarkPete Mouginis-Mark is the Director of the Hawaii Institute of Geophysics and Planetology, within the School of Ocean, Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) at UH Manoa. For the past four years, he has also held a position within the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research with the focus of developing sustainability research across the Manoa campus. Between 2007-2009, he served as the Interim Associate Dean for Research within the UHM College of Engineering.
Pete Mouginis-Mark chaired the selection process for the UHM faculty cluster hire in sustainability, and then chaired the Faculty Search Committee that hired six new tenure-track faculty in architecture, civil engineering, economics, microbial oceanography, and urban and regional planning. He has served as the Technical Monitor for two $1M sustainability research projects at Manoa, in the fields of renewable energy and water/energy/soils sustainability. Pete is currently working with the UH Foundation in the development of the Joint Energy, Water, Environmental Lab (JEWEL) concept for future funding of sustainability research within the UH System. He is also working with the UHM College of Social Sciences in to establish a sustainability component for the Asia Pacific Disaster Risk, Response and Resilience (APDR3) initiative. Pete Mouginis-Mark holds a Doctorate in Environmental Sciences from the University of Lancaster, England.

Grant Murakami, Vice-President, PBR Hawaii.
Grant MurakamiMr. Murakami is a Vice President at PBR HAWAII and has over 20 years of experience in the field of urban design and planning. One of his expertise at PBR HAWAII is campus master planning, and he has worked on the preparation of long range development plans (LRDPs) and campus master planning projects for the University of Hawai‘i (UH) system, most recently of which include: the UH West Oahu, UH Hilo, Hawaii Community College, Kapiolani Community College, and Maui College Molokai. He has been involved in planning studies for Brigham Young University-Hawaii and has also worked on campus master plans and feasibility studies for Kamehameha Schools. He also leads PBR HAWAII’s green initiative “localesoultions” which promotes contextually appropriate sustainable design solutions in PBR HAWAII’s projects, office environment, and community service projects. These efforts have led to incorporating sustainable design solutions in a number of planning projects for his clients.
Mr. Murakami is a LEED Accredited Professional and member of the American Institute of Certified Planners. He currently serves as the Chair of the Urban Land Institute Hawaii’s Sustainable Land Use Committee and has been a lecturer at the University of Hawaii, Department of Urban and Regional Planning. Mr. Murakami holds a Masters Degree in Urban Planning and Certificate in Urban Design from the University of Washington. He also has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Geography and a Marine Option Program Certificate from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Regina Ostergaard-Klem, Faculty, Hawaii Pacific University.
Regina Ostergaard-KlemDr. Regina Ostergaard-Klem holds a PhD in Systems Analysis and Economics for Public Decision Making from The Johns Hopkins University. She is an Associate Professor of Environmental Science in the College of Natural and Computational Sciences at Hawaii Pacific University (HPU). At HPU, she teaches in both the Environmental Science/Studies program at the undergraduate level and the master’s program in Global Leadership and Sustainable Development. Her teaching is concentrated in the fields of environmental economics, ecological economics, industrial ecology, environmental policy, and natural resource management. Her research interests are focused on alternative measures for social welfare, and the nexus between the two disciplines of ecological and environmental economics. She is currently involved in the application of the Genuine Progress Indicator as a complementary measure to Gross State Product within the state of Hawaii.
Dr. Ostergaard-Klem was a Fulbright Fellow in Poland, during which time she conducted research for her dissertation. After completing her PhD, she was a Science and Diplomacy Fellow for the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Washington DC. Prior to moving to Hawaii, she was an environmental policy advisor at the US Agency for International Development (USAID), working on urban environmental and energy programs globally.

Scott Rees, Sr. Account Executive, Johnson Controls.
Scott ReesScott Rees heads up business development in the South Region of North America including the State of Hawaii for Johnson Controls. His responsibilities include energy solution sales utilizing Performance Contracting. His expertise in energy and facilities provides a unique understanding of the technological and economic trends affecting college facilities.
Scott has worked in the energy solutions field for over 26 years. In that time he has successfully completed over 78 projects in Higher Education, K-12, State and Local Government, and Health Care industries. Throughout his career he has been a trusted energy consultant and advisor helping his customers save millions of dollars in energy costs. He immerses himself in understanding the key issues his customers face and through this knowledge has been able to guide them to significant energy savings during both the development and construction phases of successful, creative and cost effective solutions.
Currently Scott is working together with the University of Hawaii Community College (UHCC) System in the development of energy projects that will help reduce the UHCC’s energy consumption, provide renewable technologies that will produce clean Green energy, and is also supporting the University of Hawaii Community College’s efforts in providing one of the country’s first educational curriculum programs of its kind that will be tied directly to both sustainability projects, reduction of energy consumption and renewal technology, giving the students and faculty real hands on experience at each of UHCC’s campuses.

Cole Roberts, Associate Principal, Arup.
Cole RobertsCole leads the energy and resource sustainability business in Arup San Francisco. Specializing in sustainable design, assessment and consultation in the built environment, Cole’s experience ranges from climate responsive building engineering and sustainability consulting to community energy systems, integrated planning, and stakeholder engagement. Cole has led dozens of projects to LEED® certification, including numerous platinum and NZE achievements. Cole has been a keynote speaker at multiple conferences, an invited speaker at the World Business Council on Sustainable Development, and a contributor to numerous professional journals. He is a frequent lecturer at Stanford University and the University of California at Berkeley and has recently co-authored the book “Two Degrees – Our Built Environment and the Changing Climate”.

Tara Rojas, Faculty, Leeward Community College.
Tara RojasTara Rojas is an Assistant Professor of Spanish at Leeward Community College and is also a member of Leeward CC’s Sustainability Committee, International Education Week Committee, and Global Studies program. She is passionate about two things – Spanish and Sustainability – and decided to combine the two to create “Estudiantes de Español Sustentables (Sustainable Spanish Students)”. Tara incorporated sustainability into her Spanish-language curriculum to reflect the importance of the local food- and local sustainability- movement that is happening not only here in the islands, in our UH System, and on our own Leeward CC campus but also on a national and international level. She designed her classes this semester around real-world and problem-based activities to help the students see the practical application of the information learned in addition to allowing them to venture outside and take their learning beyond the classroom walls. Tara also implemented current teaching methodologies and technology to assist students in achieving their goals. Interdisciplinary-, campus-, and community-partner interactions are also a part of this Sustainable Spanish Student experience. The themes unifying the semester’s activities focus on “food, (indigenous) cultures, (Spanish) language, and sustainability”.

Alyse Rutherford, Student, UH Manoa.
Alyse RutherfordAlyse is a Communications Major at UHM who was born into a sustainable lifestyle. Growing up in Northern California with a father who owns a solar energy company and a mother who runs a sustainable household has made it easier for her to live green. Working with the Kukui Cup has sparked her own interest in educating younger generations about the importance of keeping our planet healthy. Her passion for sustainability and her education in communications has allowed her to effectively speak and educate others about conserving energy and promoting a greener future.

Gabriel Sachter-Smith, Student, UH Manoa.
Gabriel Sachter-SmithGabriel is a masters student at UH Manoa studying Tropical Plant and Soil Science. His academic focus pertains to banana, but he has a broad interest in all things agriculture. He also helps to run the SOFT (Student Organic Farm Training) program where a wide variety of produce is grown and marketed, in addition to raising poultry and honeybees and composting of campus food waste. He intends to start a farm upon graduation.

Christina Salomone, Student, California State University, Monterey Bay.
Christina SalomoneChristina Salomone is a student at California State University, Monterey Bay and will be receiving a B.A in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Science for Sustainable Communities. She is actively involved with participating in community events designed to empower people to see the value in sustaining local and global communities.
For her undergraduate capstone course, Christina is working on transitioning communities towards sustainable practices through educational events, community empowerment, and working with non-profit organizations. She was the 2013 student coordinator for CSUMB’s largest sustainable event, Focus the Region: Systems & Sustainability. She currently is coordinating an Earth Day event in Pacific Grove, CA at the community garden designed to reconnect people with nature. In addition, she is an assistant to a sustainability director of a local non-profit organization, The Offset Project, designing training guide templates for zero-waste events amongst other responsibilities.
Christina is highly interested in environmental management strategies by utilizing natural systems for community building. In 2012 she has received an internship through the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Center (UROC) of CSUMB. She is as an undergraduate research assistant to a graduate student whose research is conducted at treatment wetland designed to improve the water quality in this region.

Kanaloa Schrader, Student, Kapiolani Community College & UH Manoa.
Kanaloa SchraderHapa haole, born and raised on the island of Kauaֹʻi. Returned to academia after running a Landscaping Company on Kaua‘i for twelve years. Currently a STEM Ka‘ie‘ie student completing an AA in Hawaiian Studies and an AS in Natural Science at Kapi‘olani Community College and pursuing a BA in Ethnobotany at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa with plans to attain a Masters in the near future. Raised in Hawaiʻi and of Hawaiian ancestry, Kanaloa has a deep passion for all things Hawaiian. He comes from a long line of farmers and fishermen that have been cultivating this land for centuries and was born with a natural affinity for plants. He has been involved in many cultural restoration projects both on O‘ahu and Kaua‘i. He has also filled important leadership positions within the Mālama i nā Ahupua‘a (MINA) and Pālolo Pipleline service-learning programs for the past three years and plans to stay involved for years to come. Kanaloa was also a Johnson Controls UHCCSSA (University of Hawaii Community College Student Sustainability Alliance) fellow for the 2011-2012 academic year and is a strong supporter of sustainability. He is convinced that we as a state can be an example for the world.

Doorae Shin, Student, UH Manoa
Doorae ShinDoorae is a Political Science student at UH Manoa with a passion for sustainability. As a member of the Surfrider Foundation and a leader of the Student Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation on campus, she was able to play a role in the EPS Foam (styrofoam) ban campaign at UH Manoa. In collecting signatures, talking to students, and connecting with administration and faculty, this policy is in its final stages. With active participation in the Manoa Sustainability Council, volunteering through Student Organic Farm Training (SOFT), and a recent conversion to a plant-based diet, Doorae’s love for nature only grows. With a focus on food security, health, and sustainable lifestyles, and a strong belief in change through activism, she plans to work in the non-profit sector and travel to volunteer and educate communities on the importance of sustainability.

Cheryl Soon, Manager, SSFM International.
Cheryl SoonCheryl Soon is Planning Group Manager at SSFM International. She combines her experiences in public sector agency management with private sector consultancy. Recently, Cheryl worked on sustainability related projects throughout Hawai‘i, including the Climate Change Assessment of Transportation Facilities on O‘ahu, update of the Hawai‘i Ocean Resource Management Plan, and several context sensitive road and highway projects. She will be presenting on projects at the University of Hawai‘i Hilo Campus which have successfully integrated their designs with climate, LEED best management practices for new and existing buildings, and with local and traditional cultural practices. Cheryl’s projects have received awards from APA and ASCE. A graduate in city planning from Harvard University (M.C. P.) and University of Hawai‘i (Ph.D.), Cheryl was named a Fellow in the American Institute of Certified Planners in 2003.

Ray Starling, Program Director, Hawaii Energy.
Ray StarlingRay Starling is currently the program director for Hawaii Energy. Prior to this position, he developed renewable energy projects in Hawaii, including ice thermal storage air conditioning and hydro-electric generation. He has also served in legal and executive positions at two electric utilities (Hawaiian Electric and Carolina Power & Light Company) over a total of 14 years, and he recently retired as a Major General in the Air National Guard JAG Corps after a 37 year career in active and reserve military service. He holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from N.C. State University and a JD from Wake Forest Law School and is licensed to practice law in Hawaii, North Carolina and Guam.
Ray lives in a Net-Zero home and drives an electric vehicle.

Crysttal (Atkins) Steiner, Coordinator, UH Manoa.
Crysttal (Atkins) SteinerCrysttal (Atkins) Steiner is the TDM Coordinator for the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. A transplant from Portland, Oregon eight years ago, she brings extensive transportation demand management experience and a passion for promoting, using, and developing alternative transportation mode systems. She holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Lewis & Clark College and is a perpetual student with a wide variety of interests.

Roy Takemoto, Managing Director, PBR Hawaii.
Roy TakemotoMr. Takemoto has over 30 years of experience in the field of planning in both the private and public sectors. Besides private consulting in land use and environmental planning, he has served as deputy planning director for the County of Hawai’i, project manager for a nonprofit housing corporation, and project manager for a hotel developer. Mr. Takemoto is on PBR’s team currently working on the update to the University of Hawai’i at Hilo Long-Range Development Plan. Mr. Takemoto holds a Masters Degree in Urban Planning and a law degree from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Shanah Trevenna, Founder and Director, Smart Sustainability Consulting.
ShanahTrevennaNamed by Hawaii Business Magazine as one of five that will shape Hawaii for the next 50 years, Shanah Trevenna is a leading sustainability engineer, educator, author, and consultant. With degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Western Ontario and Urban Planning from UH, as well as professional experience at IBM, Philips, Lighting and Engineering Integrated, and AMEL Technologies, she has led Smart Sustainability Consulting (SSC) to be Hawaii’s first fully independent sustainability consulting firm. Specializing in building sustainability audits, post-occupancy assessments, training for building occupants and facilities personnel, facilitation of stakeholder engagement, and sustainability education, SSC’s successes include providing building sustainability audits and post-occupancy assessments for the Hawaii Department of Education; providing energy efficiency training for occupants and facilities personnel at 75% of the Hawaii State Department of Defense buildings; serving as the Hawaii Educational Consultant for the University of Hawaii Community College-Johnson Controls Educational Program including designing courses on energy and water; and training Brigham Young University to cut its energy bill by 9% saving an average of $33,000 every month. In addition to leading SSC, Shanah currently teaches sustainability in the Honors Program at UHM, is a founding member of Women in Renewable Energy (WiRE), is the President of the Sustainability Association of Hawaii, and speaks nationally on her book, Surfing Tsunamis of Change, A Handbook for Change Agents, which received College Educator International’s Sustainability Champion Award for its innovative framework for implementing organizational change.

Paul Woolford, Vice President, HOK.
Paul WoolfordPaul Woolford is a Senior Vice President/Design Principal for San Francisco HOK, and is responsible for some of HOK’s most complex and creative buildings. He is a recognized industry leader, whose work has focused on being a design catalyst for helping people rethink the relationship between themselves and their environments. He leads an interdisciplinary team comprised of architects, engineers, interiors and landscape designers. His designs have been honored with numerous awards including the 2012 Venice Biennale, local, regional and national AIA, IIDA & Planning Design Excellence Awards. Paul earned his Bachelor of Architecture at Cornell University with honors, and has taught design at the University of California, Berkeley; Cornell University; and SCAD. He was named “Outstanding Young Architect of the Year” by the AIA.

Alex Young, Student, UH Manoa.
Alex YoungAlex is a senior Spanish and Art Major at UH Manoa. Growing up in North Dakota he wasn’t exposed to issues related to sustainability until he started working with the Kukui Cup two years ago as its creative director. Through the Kukui Cup, working with younger students and educating them, he has developed a passion for sustainability. His graphic design talent and background offers a platform in which to communicate to larger audiences the importance of living a sustainable lifestyle.

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