Members of the West Hawaiʻi community explore an ancient cave along a trail adjacent to the Hawaiʻi Community College–Pālamanui campus that is being restored by UH students.

University of Hawaiʻi students, faculty and staff will gather physically and virtually at the 6th Annual Hawaiʻi Sustainability in Higher Education Summit February 8–10 on Hawaiʻi Island.

This year’s summit will focus on accelerating systemwide sustainability curricular initiatives such as Kapiʻolani Community College’s recently approved sustainability minor-equivalent (academic subject certificate in sustainability) that is also being implemented at several community college campuses.

Hawaiʻi CC Pālamanui campus is the university’s first LEED platinum certified campus, and serves West Hawaiʻi with the latest distance learning technology and 21st century facilities. Photo by Andrew Richard Hara.

The plenary sessions on both days will be livestreamed to the University of Hawaiʻi Office of Sustainability Facebook page to allow anyone interested to participate from any internet-connected device and interact using Meetingsift, a collaboration platform that can trace its origins back to the futures studies program at UH Mānoa.

SENCER Hawaiʻi, the College of Social Sciences ACCESS Engagement and the UH Mānoa Sustainability Council will host a satellite symposium at the ACCESS Lounge (Dean Hall 5–6 on both days). Most UH campuses are hosting satellite symposiums on-site, visit the event website to find out where and register your attendance.

The virtual symposium will reduce the event’s environmental footprint by reducing the need to travel. The event features keynote talks presented remotely by Erik Assadourian from the Worldwatch Institute, and Chip Fletcher from the UH Mānoa School of Ocean Engineering Science and Technology on February 8.

Aunty Pualani Kanakaʻole Kanahele and family will continue the rich dialogue currently underway across our campuses exploring the meeting of wisdoms between indigenous ancestral knowledge and western empirical sciences on February 9.

Delegations from all 10 UH campuses gather annually to learn together from local practitioners, national subject matter experts and each other. The summit will include peer-to-peer faculty development about teaching climate change and related sustainability and resilience issues across disciplines, as well as sustainability-focused course development working sessions.

Learn more and register to participate in the virtual symposium.