Sustainability Courses


What is Sustainability?S-Designation

While there are many different approaches and definitions to “sustainability”, we mean, in general, “serving the needs of the present without jeopardizing the needs of the future.”

Wherever possible, we refer to the principles of The Earth Charter* which defines sustainability “in all its dimensions: cultural, economic, environmental, and social.”

The Earth Charter introduces the “Four Pillars” definition of sustainability:

  • cultural vibrancy,
  • economic prosperity,
  • environmental responsibility
  • and social justice.
*The Earth Charter is a product of a decade-long, worldwide, cross-cultural dialogue on common goals and shared values. The Earth Charter project began as a United Nations initiative, but it was carried forward and completed by a global civil society initiative. The Earth Charter was finalized and then launched as a people’s charter on 29 June, 2000 by the Earth Charter Commission, an independent international entity, in a ceremony at the Peace Palace, in The Hague.

Education for Sustainability at UH campuses

The following course offerings across the University provide students with the opportunity to study sustainability from a variety of perspectives. The list of Sustainability courses serves as a basis for education in sustainability. 

Consult Class Availability to see which courses/sections are being taught in Spring 2018. Questions about a particular course can be directed to the instructor for the course.

Sustainability Programs at University of Hawaiʻi

Sustainability-focused programs are interdisciplinary academic programs that concentrate on sustainability as an integrated concept, including its social, economic, and environmental dimensions. The courses required for the successful completion of the program educate students about how different dimensions of sustainability relate to and support each other in theory and practice.

Colleges and universities in the U.S. and internationally recognize the need for inter and trans-disciplinary curricula that prepare a new generation for productive futures in career fields that may not yet exist. This includes sustainability professionals, climate change officers, hydrologists, conservation experts, as well as an infusion of “green enhanced skills” in the workforce across all traditional fields of study: education, economics, information technology.

The University of Hawaiʻi currently offers 2 degree programs with a primary and explicit focus on teaching sustainability as a discipline:

Sustainability Programs at University of Hawaiʻi

UHWO Bachelorʻs of Applied Science: Sustainable Community Food Systems
UHMC Bachelorʻs of Applied Science: Sustainability Science Management

Sustainability Courses at the University of Hawaiʻi

  • Sustainability-focused courses address major challenges including climate change, global poverty and inequality, natural resource depletion, and environmental degradation.
  • Sustainability-focused courses have a primary and explicit focus on one or more of the following core concepts / key terms of sustainability: 
      1. Sustainable Economics: Triple or Quadruple Bottom Line, Alternatives to GDP, Circular Economy
      2. Ecosystem Services: Biodiversity, Conservation, Ecological Restoration, Invasive Species Impacts
      3. Ecological Footprint: Carbon Footprint
      4. Sustainable Materials Management: Cradle to Cradle, Zero Waste, Life Cycle Assessment
      5. Climate Change: Mitigation, Adaptation, Resilience
      6. Sustainable Food Systems: Food Sovereignty, Food Security, Food Miles, Local First
      7. Equity: Indigenous Wisdom, Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK), Spiritual Ecology,  Environmental Justice
    • Sustainability courses can include many types of course design, driven by place-based, ‘āina‑based, and culture‑based curricula.
    • Sustainability courses (SF) reflect a localized understanding and embrace culturally relevant and appropriate language, vocabulary, protocols, values, wisdoms, expertise, and ways of thinking, being and doing.
    • Sustainability courses may also contribute towards achieving one or more of the targets embedded in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):

Hawaiʻi Community College Sustainability Courses

AEC 128 Sustainable Environmental Design Cho
AG 175 Agroforestry Scheffler
AG 175L Agroforestry Lab Scheffler
AG 245 Tropical Silviculture and Forest Plant Propagation Steele
AG 245L Tropical Silviculture and Forest Plant Propagation Lab Steele
AG 250 Sustainable Crop Production Nakamura
AG 250L Sustainable Crop Production Nakamura
AG 291 Forest Restoration Ecology and Ecosystem Management Practicum Steele
GEOG 170 Forest Ecosystem Surveying, Inventorying, and Monitoring Steele
GEOG 170L Forest Ecosystem Surveying, Inventorying, and Monitoring Lab Steele
GEOG 180 Geographic Information Systems in Forest Ecosystem Management Steele
GEOG 180L Geographic Information Systems in Forest Ecosystem Management Lab Steele
MICR 130 General Microbiology
SCI 124 Introduction to Environmental Science Brashear
SCI 124L Introduction to Environmental Science lab Brashear
SSCI 111 Humanity, Society, Technology Lemons

Kapiolani Community College Sustainability Courses

ANTH 151 Emerging Humanity Nakama
BIOC 141 Biochemistry Davis
BIOC 241 Biochemistry Davis
BIOL 101 Biology & Society Chung
BIOL 124 Environment & Ecology Kuntz
BIOL 265 Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Kuntz
BIOL 101 Biology & Society Kuntz
BIOL 124 L Environment & Ecology Kuntz
BIOL 101 Biology & Society Lam
BOT 101 General Botany Ross
BOT 105 Ethnobotany Ross
BOT 130 Plants in Hawaiian Environment Ross
BOT 130L Plans In Hawaiian Environment Ross
CHEM 100 Chemistry & Man Davis
CHNS 290 Chinese Language & Culture Polley
ECON 130 Principles of Economics – Micro Lindo
ENG 209 Business Writing Acoba
ENG 100 Composition 1 Dela Fuente
ENG 200 Creative Nonfiction Ewan
ENG 100 Composition 1 Minahal
ENG 22 Minahal
ENG 200 Composition II Uedoi
ENG 100 Composition 1 Hiser
ENG 100 Composition 1 Kubota
ES 101 Ethnic Studies Nakamura
ESOL 94S Advanced ESOL (Fall) Otero
ESOL 94S Advanced ESOL (Fall) Torres
HOST 265 Tourism Destination Development and Planning Evans
ICS 101 Computing Literacy & Apps Barjaktarovic
IS 161 Intro to Creative Thinking Jennings
MATH 205 Calculus 1 Anderson
ME 213 Intro to Engineering Design Hanai
PACS 108 Hawaii-Pacific Worlds: Today and Tomorrow Losch
PHIL 103 Enviornmental Philosophy Rowe
PHYL 160 Science of Sleep Shook
PHYS 170, 272 General Physics I & II Hanai
PHYS 272 General Physics II Milincic
PSY 260 Gross
PSY 212 WI-Survey of Research Methods Nathan
PSY 272 Physics II Hanai
SSCI 260 Society & Food Modavi
SSCI 260 Society & Food Modavi
ZOOL 200 Zoology Manning

Honolulu Community College Sustainability Courses

GEOG 122 Geography of Hawaii DeLay
BOT/HWST 105  Mea Kanu Hawaiian Plants and their Uses DeLay
GEOG 101 The Natural Environment DeLay
BOT/HWST 105 Mea Kanu: Hawaiian Plants and their Uses Keaulana

Windward Community College Sustainability Courses

ENG 100 Composition I Poteet
ENG 100 Composition I St John
ENG 100 Composition I Webster
ENG 209 Business Writing Priesman
ASCN 191 Veterinary Office and Computer Skills Baxter
AQUA 201/L The Hawaii Fishpond Young
AQUA 106/L Small Scale Aquaculture Young
BIOL 100 Human Biology Smith
BIOL 124/L Environment and Ecology Smith
BIOL 124/L Environment and Ecology Hutchinson
BIOL 200/L Coral Reefs Krupp
GG 101 Dynamic Earth McCoy
GG 103 Geology of the Hawaiian Islands McCoy
GG 210 Oahu Field Geology McCoy
GG 211 Big Island Field Geology McCoy
GG 212 Maui Field Geology McCoy
GG 213 Molokai, Lanai, and Kahoolawe Field Geology McCoy
GG 214 Kauai and Niihau Field Geology McCoy
OCN 120 Global Environmental Challenges McCoy
OCN 201/L Science of the Sea McCoy
OCN 260 Pacific Surf Science and Technology Masterson
ANTH 151 Emerging Humanity Palmer
ANTH 152 Culture and Humanity Palmer
HIST 285 Environmental History of Hawaii Masterson
MUS 177 Intro to Hawaiian Music Carmack

UH Hilo Sustainability Courses

UH Hilo Sustainability Courses Instructor:
AG 194 Agricuture and Food Tourism Hansen
AG 230 Sustainable Agriculture Arancon
ANTH 205 Cultural Anthropology Genz
ANTH 300 Cultures of Oceania Genz
ANTH 330 People, Plants, and Culture Rossen
ANTH 357 Change in the Pacific Genz
ANTH 380 Origins of Agriculture Rossen
ART 235 Intro to Papermaking Grabar
ART 335 Papermaking Grabar
COM 344 Sustainability, Comm and Culture Becker
ENG 100 Composition Mollegaard
ENGR 200 Energy, Economics and the Environment Binder
ENGR 240 Conventional Energies Binder
ENGR 250 Alternative Energies Binder
ENGR 310 Energy Policy Analysis Binder
ENGR 340 Sustainable Biofuels Binder
ENGR 361 Energy Laboratory Binder
ENGR 400 Biochemical Energy Conversion Sung
ENSC 100 Intro to Environmental Science Shuey
ENTO 304 General Entomology Eiben
ENTO 374 Insect Pest Control Eiben
GEOG 301 Global Warming/Climate Change Perroy
GEOG 312 Food and Societies Besio
GEOG 319 Natural Hazards/Disasters Shuey
GEOG 326 Natural Resources Shuey
MARE 100 Marine Option Program Seminar Colbert
MARE 282 Global Change Adolf
MGT 423 Business and Society Calton
SPAN 369 Latin & Global Docum & Film Mishina

 UH Mānoa Sustainability Courses