Speakers, Facilitators and Hosts
Aurora Winslade, UH West Oahu, Director of Sustainability.
Aurora Winslade is the first Director of the Office of Sustainability at the University of Hawai‘i – West O‘ahu. She is responsible for academic and operational sustainability assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation. In addition to helping to coordinate the Hawai‘i Sustainability in Higher Education Summit, she is working with faculty at UHWO to launch a Sustainable Community Food Systems degree program and start an on campus organic farm. Prior to moving to O`ahu in May 2012, she was founding director of the University of California Santa Cruz Sustainability Office and helped to establish the first UC Sustainable Practices Policy in 2003. Aurora facilitates regional and national trainings for sustainability professionals and educators and has consulted with organizations including the National Wildlife Federation Campus Ecology Program, the Taiwan Ministry of Education, and the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. Aurora is certified in Permaculture Design and is a frequent presenter locally, nationally, and internationally on sustainability in higher education.
Graceson Ghen, Hawaii CC, Sustainability Coordinator.
Graceson Ghen was born and raised in Hawaii and started as Hawaii Community College’s first Sustainability Coordinator in January of 2012. He has been eager to help get a system wide policy on sustainability established since his first week on the job. He earned a B.S. in Global Environmental Science through the UHM Oceanography Department, and an M.A. through the UHM Geography Department. His Bachelor’s degree took him to the Southwestern Amazon for two summers, where he conducted a feasibility study for the use of native plants to be used by rural communities to sustainably produce biodiesel. His Master’s worked was focused here at home and specifically addressed the issues of cumulative environmental effects assessment within the long range planning process. Graceson has also worked in construction since high school, and has experience in many green building practices as well as energy management and efficiency. He currently lives completely off grid on a small farm somewhere in bushes of Puna ☺. He is eager to help the County and State of Hawaii move towards a sustainable future through the pursuit of self-sufficiency in energy, food, and water.
Krista Hiser, Kapiolani CC, Faculty.
Dr. Krista Hiser is Associate Professor of English at Kapi’olani CC, and teaches developmental and college-level writing in the context of Eco-composition. Her dissertation in Educational Administration at UHM focused on student perspectives on sustainability in the curriculum. She serves on Kap CC’s sustainability committee, and is also Faculty Service Learning & Sustainability Coordinator.
Cheryl Kaʻuhane Lupenui, Founder, The Leader Project.
Cheryl L. Kaʻuhane Lupenui is founder and principal of The Leader Project. Her work includes redesigning systems from an indigenous and western business context and developing leaders to sustain the effort. Some of her current projects include innovating workforce development, global leadership, education and social service delivery systems.
Prior to The Leader Project, she worked for one of Hawaiʻi’s 20 largest corporations in business development, ran her own restaurant that promoted sustainable local agriculture, and consulted native-led entrepreneurs. Then at the age of 35, Cheryl became the youngest Chief Executive Officer and the first of Native Hawaiian descent ever to be appointed at the YWCA of O‘ahu. She was honored by Hawaiʻi Business Magazine in 2007 as one of “25 People Who Will Shape the Next 25 years.”
Cheryl was recently appointed to the Hawai‘i State Board of Education by the Governor. She serves on the Board for the Center for Asian Pacific American Women and advises for the Hogan’s Entrepreneurs Program, PBS Hawai‘i and the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority. She studied International Business at University of Hawaiʻi and McGill University and received her MBA from Tulane University. In addition, she continues her studies of hula with Hālau Mōhala ‘Ilima as well as her study of the Hawaiian language.
Matthew Lynch, Director, Asia-Pacific Center for Regenerative Design.
Matt Lynch is a reformed capitalist exploring Regenerative Design at the forefront of human innovation. After a 10-year career in mortgage banking & finance, he left the islands with a desire to explore the word ‘Sustainability’ – and spent the next two years wandering the planet seeking out people, places, and projects working to make our world a better place.
His immersive hands-on learning approach led him to be taught & mentored by some of Australia’s best permaculturists, and fired him with a passion for sharing & teaching permaculture design. With an engaging style and a penchant for making complex concepts simply understood, he was recognized in 2012 by the Hawaii State Senate for co-teaching Oahu’s first-ever Permaculture Design Course.
Matt’s work in Restorative Agriculture, Regenerative Enterprise, and Sustainable Economic Development has taken him to Australia, New Zealand, Mongolia, Germany, Vanuatu, and now back to Hawai‘i. He is the author of ‘Regenerative Business 1.0: Beyond Sustainability’, and (along with a small group of committed activists) is co-founder of the reciprocal volunteer movement known as Permablitz – Hawaii’s Edible Garden Revolution. He is the founder of The Asia-Pacific Center for Regenerative Design, and serves on the boards for the Hawaii Organic Farming Association, and TEDxHonolulu.
Cam Muir, UH Hilo, Faculty and Sustainability Coordinator.
Dr. Cam Muir is an Associate Professor of Ecological Genetics and UHH’s first Sustainability Coordinator. Cam and his wife Eliah are pioneering tea farmers in the Ola`a ahupua`a on the Big Island (Big Island Tea), having grown tea using agro-ecological techniques for over 11 years. Since 1999, Cam has been at UHH studying endemic Hawaiian population genetics and adaptation to novel ecosystems. This research experience has informed his shift in research interest to environmental impacts on gene expression in agriculturally important crops as a means to design farms to integrate better with their farm environment and ecosystem thus reducing dependance on horticultural intervention. Cam began his tenure as Sustainability Coordinator at UHH, following a tour of duty as Associate Dean for the UHH College of Arts and Sciences, in January of 2012 and one of his first priorities was to reach out to sustainability leaders across all 10 campuses of the UH System as well as BYUH, Chaminade, and HPU, leading to the informal genesis of the UH System Sustainability Council and the Hawai`i Sustainability in Higher Education Summit.
Ted Peck, Vice President and General Manager, Johnson Controls.
Theodore (Ted) Peck, Vice President and General Manager; South Pacific, Johnson Controls has more than 25 years of senior leadership experience in energy management, including development of the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative as the state’s energy administrator. In 2010, Peck entered the private sector where he continued to focus on reducing the state’s dependency on fossil fuel through the use of renewable energy. He is a seasoned expert in energy management and understands the unique challenges of Hawaii’s energy landscape and the value that efficiency and renewable energy brings to the islands he calls home.
Peck is a retired Navy nuclear submarine officer and earned a Bachelor of Science in physics from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. In 2004, he was named a “Forty Under 40” by Pacific Business News and in 2006 became a Pacific Century Fellow. Peck was selected as one of state’s “20 Leaders For the Next 20 Years” by Hawai‘i Business Magazine in 2010.
Josh Prigge, Hawaii Pacific University, Sustainability Coordinator
Josh Prigge currently works as the Sustainability Coordinator for Hawai’i Pacific University. Born and raised in Minnesota, Josh has developed professional experience in teaching, coaching, management, and sales before rededicating his career to sustainability in 2009. Just under four years ago, Josh made the move from Minnesota to Hawai’i to study in HPU’s Master of Arts in Global Leadership and Sustainable Development graduate program. During his two years in the program Josh became active on campus and in the community by becoming the Vice President of HPU’s GREEN Club and interning as the Campaign Coordinator for then State Senator Gary Hooser’s Lieutenant Governor campaign. In 2010, Josh became HPU’s first ever Sustainability Coordinator, which started as a part-time position and became a full-time staff position six months later. Josh has continued to expand on his sustainability skills and education by obtaining a LEED Green Associate accreditation, completing the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) certified training, and beginning work on the Building Operator Certification training program as well as a Master of Business Administration degree at HPU. Josh is passionate about working collaboratively with all campuses across the State to advance sustainability throughout Hawaii’s higher education institutions.
Joie Taylor, UH Maui College, Faculty.
Dr. Joie Taylor is Program Coordinator and Instructor for UH Maui College’s (UHMC) first Bachelor’s of Applied Science in Sustainable Science Management. She co-authored the program proposal for the 4-year degree and established an advisory committee consisting of a trans-disciplinary consortium of leaders in academia, business industry and government. This committee has lead to forming partnerships and provided students of the program with internship employment in the field. Joie Taylor holds a B.S. in civil engineering from Clark Atlanta University, an M.S. and Ph.D. in environmental engineering from Cornell University and is a certified Renewable Energy Professional (R.E.P.) by the Association of Energy Engineers. As advisory committee member of the International Small Islands Studies Association she has presented and published materials specific to sustainability in Hawai’i around the globe. As member and former chair of the UHMC’s Sustainability Committee she worked alongside individuals on campus sustainability initiatives and projects and spearheaded the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education AASHE STARS pre-assessment of the campus. She has worked with Hawaii Natural Energy Institute for data acquisition of PV systems and has completed the installation of the first water quality lab on campus. She is fully active in the community on Maui as a musician, martial artist, dancer, and meditation teacher.
Stacy Garcia, University of Hawai‘i West O‘ahu Student Body President
Stacy Kimo Garcia Jr. is a senior majoring in Political Science with a double concentration in Sociology. After serving in the United States Air Force, Stacy enrolled at the University of Hawai’i-West O’ahu in 2009. He immediately took an active role in starting school chapters of two institutions, Students Veterans of America and the Golden Key International Honour Society. Stacy ran for student body President of the Associated Students of the University of Hawai’i-West O’ahu (ASUHWO) in 2011, however after four months in office he resigned due to health reasons. After his convalescence, Stacy was appointed to serve as UHWO Ambassador to the University of Hawai’i Student Caucus (UHSC). Within UHSC, he was elected to the executive board as Data Director. In addition to ASUHWO, Stacy has actively been involved in local political and student movements to prevent student tuition increases and reform the state election process. Last year, he was honored to receive a nomination to the College Greens party, a student political organization that focuses on promoting values of the Green Party of the United States of America on campus and throughout the community. One of Stacy’s favorite memories from his undergraduate education has been the advocacy for more student representation in decisions that affect all students throughout the UH system. On June 1st, 2012, Stacy was sworn in as the student body President, presiding over the First Senate of Kapolei.
Planning Committee Members
|Hawai`i CC||Graceson Ghen||Sustainability Coordinator|
|Hawai`i Pacific University||Josh Prigge||Sustainability Coordinator|
|Kapiolani CC||Krista Hiser||Faculty|
|Kapiolani CC||Bob Franco||Faculty and Director|
|Kauai CC||Eric Knutzen||Director|
|Leeward CC||Tara Rojas||Faculty|
|Leeward CC||Bill Labby||Program Coordinator|
|Leeward CC||Eileen Cain||Faculty|
|Maui College||Jennifer Chirico||Director|
|Maui College||Anne Ku||Project Director|
|Maui College||Joie Taylor||Faculty|
|UH Hilo||Cam Muir||Faculty and Sustainability Coordinator|
|UH Manoa||Philip Johnson||Faculty|
|UH Manoa||Steve Meder||Assistant Vice-Chancellor|
|UH Manoa||Daita Serghi||Faculty|
|UH Manoa||Kevin Griffin||Campus Planner|
|UH West O’ahu||Aurora Winslade||Director of Sustainability|
|Brigham Young University Hawaii||David Lewis||VP Construction & Facilities Management|
|University of Hawai`i Community Colleges||Suzette Robinson||Director of Academic Programs|
|UH West O’ahu||Sherylann Miyashiro|
|UH Hilo||Kaipo Dye|
|UH West O’ahu||Keola Jimeno|
Eileen Cain, Leeward CC, Faculty.
Eileen Cain received her doctorate in Linguistics from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, where she also studied Hawaiian Language and Teaching English as a Second Language. She has had a lifelong involvement in human rights and environmental activism. As an Instructor of English as Leeward Community College, she has been incorporating environmental education into her classes, and she is collaborating with colleagues to promote Sustainability across the Curriculum. She believes that educators have a responsibility to help present and future generations to deal with environmental challenges.
Jennifer Chirico, Maui College, Executive Director.
Dr. 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.
Bob Franco, Kapiolani CC, Faculty and Director.
Dr. Robert Franco is Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Office for Institutional Effectiveness at Kapi’olani Community College. He is an ecological and urban anthropologist focusing on contemporary Hawaiian, Samoan, and Micronesian educational, employment, health, housing, and cultural issues. He has published scholarly and policy research on Samoan political and cultural change, the meaning and management of water in ancient Hawaii, and sociocultural factors affecting Oceanic fisheries. In 2009, he collaborated with the American Samoa Humanities Council to produce American Samoa’s first written history textbook.
He provides national leadership on diversity and democracy issues for the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) and the American Council on Education. For AAC&U, he serves on the Advisory Boards for their Community College Roadmap (MetLife-funded) and Bridging Cultures (NEH-funded) initiatives. In 2012, he was named one of 20 national “Beacons of Vision, Hope, and Action” by the Community College National Center for Community Engagement (CCNCCE). He has led Hawaii’s statewide development of service-learning with six grants from Hawaii-Pacific Islands Campus Compact (UHM) and the Corporation for National and Community Service.
He currently serves as a Co-Principal Investigator on a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to integrate and institutionalize STEM innovations, and oversees the evaluation of four major NSF grants at Kapi’olani. He is also a Leadership Fellow for NSF’s Science and Civic Engagement initiative (SENCER.net), and leads SENCER’s Keck Foundation grant supporting undergraduate science reform in 17 western states. Finally, he co-leads the “Diversity, Education, and Workforce” component of the NSF HI EPSCoR program.
Kevin Griffin, UH Manoa, Campus Planner.
Kevin Griffin is a Planner in the University of Hawaii at Manoa’s Office of Physical, Environmental, and Long Range Planning. His specialties include institutional space planning, spatial analyses and complex reorganizations. He currently heads up the space information and planning efforts on campus and shares oversight of the UH Manoa Sustainability Council. With an understanding of the unique qualitative and quantitative space needs of a research and educational institution, Kevin has been able to optimize the use of existing real estate assets and assist in the planning efforts for future building and renovation work. Kevin holds a BS in Interior Design from Drexel University and an MS in Construction Administration from Columbia University. He is an NCIDQ Certificate holder and a LEED Accredited Professional. As a relative newcomer to the islands, Kevin hopes to contribute to, collaborate with, and learn from his new home.
Philip Johnson, UH Manoa, Faculty.
Dr. Philip Johnson is a Professor and Associate Chair of the Department of Information and Computer Sciences at the University of Hawaii, and Director of the Collaborative Software Development Laboratory, whose members do research on software engineering, renewable energy, and serious game development. For the past four years, he has led the Kukui Cup Project, which explores how to use information technology to produce sustained positive changes in energy behavior. Since 2011, Kukui Cup challenges have been held at the University of Hawaii, Hawaii Pacific University, and the East-West Center, and over 1000 students have participated so far across these three institutions. The project seeks to expand to more universities and into primary and secondary schools in the coming years.
Eric Knutzen, Kauai CC, Director.
Eric Knutzen is the Executive Director for Hoouluwehi, the Sustainable Living Institute of Kauai. The institute’s mission is to honor and build upon Kauai’s history and diverse cultures, providing a focal point for sustainable solutions island wide. Curriculum development, partnerships, related research and projects are targeted around sustainable food production, energy, waste management and sustainable / affordable housing.
Anne Ku, UH Maui College, Project Director.
Born in Brunei, Dr. Anne Ku spent her childhood in Taiwan and Okinawa before winning a full scholarship to Duke University where she majored in Electrical Engineering and Mathematics. Her interest in sustainability grew while pursuing her doctorate in modelling uncertainty at the London Business School at the onset of the privatization and deregulation of electricity industries in the UK and elsewhere. Upon earning her Ph.D. in Decision Sciences, she joined the research group at Enron in Houston and London and later traveled widely as editor of two energy magazines for Platts (a McGraw-Hill Company). Her multi-authored book “Risk and Flexibility in Electricity: Introduction to Fundamentals and Techniques” describes each step of the value chain of electricity generation post-deregulation. At UHMC, she manages the Dept of Energy funded electric vehicle readiness project, which galvanizes the community in a bottom-up approach to mass EV adoption and infrastructure development for Maui.
Bill Labby, Leeward CC, Program Coordinator.
Bill Labby is the Industry, Trades and Sustainability Programs Coordinator for the Office of Continuing Education and Workforce Development (OCEWD) at Leeward Community College. Bill recently expanded the Process Technology Program to include biofuels process operations including biodiesel and ethanol production. He has been working with the University of Hawaii, Pacific Center for Advanced Technical Training (PCATT) , Hawaiian Electric, Siemens, and other industry professionals on a project developing curriculum for Intelligent Energy Management Systems-Smartgrid workforce training. He is a member of the Leeward Community College sustainability committee. Bill retired from the United States Navy in 2001 where he served as an Electronic Warfare Specialist. Bill is committed to the advancement of sustainable technology through training the next generation workforce to understand, install, operate, and maintain sustainable equipment and systems in the field of energy production transmission and distribution.
David Lewis, Brigham Young University Hawaii, VP Construction & Facilities Management.
David came to BYU–Hawaii in 2011 with nearly two decades of operational and managerial experience in facilities, construction and planning. He is specialized in both commercial and residential construction projects, and has served as a general contractor on projects of varying sizes and levels of complexity. As a business owner, his company received the People’s Choice Award in the Utah Valley Home Builders Association Parade of Homes. David has twice been recognized as Builder of the Year by the UVHBA.
David is responsible for master planning and strategic direction of Board-approved construction projects and renovations at BYU–Hawaii. In addition, he oversees the university’s facilities management department, including custodial, design and construction, shops, and grounds.
Stephen Meder, UH Manoa, Assistant Vice-Chancellor.
Dr. Stephen Meder is the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Physical, Environment and Long-Range Planning at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He also holds a joint academic appointment there as he serves as the Director of the School of Architecture’s Environmental Research and Design Lab and as the Director of the Center for Smart Building and Community Design at the UH Sea Grant College Program in the School of Earth Science and Technology (SOEST).
Stephen Meder holds Doctorate of Architecture and Master of Architecture degrees from the University of Hawaii. At a State level he serves on the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative’s Energy Efficiency Task Force. On campus level he has initiated many sustainable design and energy efficiency programs. His office supports the UHM Sustainability Council and he was a founding member of the Chancellor’s Commission on Climate Change. His work at the administrative level emphasizes sustainable design with integrated campus planning and policies.
His research, teaching and publications are focused in the areas of solar design and sustainable building design practices. In 2007 he received a national American Institute of Architects Eco-Literacy Award for combining his classroom teaching with community outreach. He was awarded the University of Hawaii, Hung Wo and Elizabeth Lau Ching 2008 Community Service Award. Students from his classes and lab have won the 2010 US Green Building Council’s Emerging Talent National Design competition and the 2012 UHM Student Team Excellence Award for their work from the Environmental Lab.
Sherylann Miyashiro, UH West Oahu, Student.
Sheryl, a local girl, is currently a senior at UH West Oahu. She will be graduating this semester with a degree in Business Administration and is the President of the UHWO Marketing Club. Recently, her passion for sustainability emerged. “All this time my grandparents and parents have been teaching me to be sustainable”. She expresses great gratitude to Aurora Winslade for taking her under her wings in allowing her the opportunity to be a UHWO Student Sustainability Fellow, learning about sustainability and what it truly means to be a change agent. When she is not studying, you can either find her teaching or practicing Bikram Yoga. Sheryl’s near and future goals are to continue her education in hopes of finding a Masters Program in Marketing in Sustainability, travelling and completing numerous yoga training certifications.
Suzette Robinson, UH Community Colleges, Director of Academic Programs.
Suzette Robinson is the Director of Academic Programs in the Office of the Vice President for Community Colleges (OVPCC).As the Director of Academic Programs, she works with the campuses’ academic and student services leaders in matters related to student success. Prior to coming to OVPCC, she was at UHMaui College for 32 years. There she took on many roles–Coordinator of the Learning Center, English faculty/department chair, Director of Continuing Education, Assistant Dean of Instruction, and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. Her interest in “everything sustainable” began when she was Director of Continuing Education and had the opportunity to visit a number of colleges on the mainland such as University of Tennessee and University of California, San Diego where sustainability is a major component of the college’s everyday life style. Later, she had the opportunity to attend the International Small Island Studies Association (ISISA) conference in Taiwan where environmental leaders from small islands around the world came together to share their latest research on water recycling, waste management, and environmental (land and water) conditions. While she is not as involved in environmental activities as she was previously, she is still very interested in efforts that help people be good stewards of the environment.
Tara Rojas, Leeward CC, Faculty.
Tara 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 has redesigned her classes with innovative teaching methods, technologies, and a real-world focus that takes students’ learning beyond the classroom walls on an interdisciplinary-, campus- and community-based level. This brand-new experience culminates with the Leeward CC’s Spring 2013 Earth Week events that she organized titled “FOOD SUSTAINABILITY IN HAWAI’I AND BEYOND – CONNECTIONS BETWEEN LAND, INDIGENOUS CULTURES AND LANGUAGE.” Spanish-language students, Hawaiian-language students, and community partners who exemplify and have extensive knowledge and experience in all of these areas will be giving their presentations at this event. Tara’s goal is to serve as an example of the ability to incorporate Sustainability Across the Curriculum into any discipline.
Daita Serghi, UH Manoa, Faculty.
Dr. Daita Serghi is a Lecturer at UH Manoa where she teaches both Introductory Biology to non-majors as well as advanced Molecular or Cell Biology classes. With a PhD in Molecular Biology from Columbia University in the City of New York, when she started her professional career at Leeward Community College teaching Environment and Ecology she became passionate about applying sustainability to all facets of life while inspiring constructive change and efficiency. Daita redesigned syllabi and created curricula to engage students with sustainability in various ways while using the latest teaching trends and technologies in higher education.
Additionally, Daita is the coordinator of the Sustainability Association of Hawaii – a non-profit organization with the mission to educate, promote and advocate for businesses, organizations, and green professionals working to grow a thriving local economy for Hawaii – and completed the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) certified training.
With a strong interest for both higher education and sustainability, Daita is the event coordinator for the 1st Annual Hawaii Sustainability in Higher Education Summit.