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The University of Hawaiʻi integrates sustainability
across its Operations, Education, Research,
Campus & Community Engagement
and Cultural Connections.

Executive Policy 4.202

5 Pillars of Sustainability

Exploring the “meeting of wisdoms” between indigenous ancestral knowledge systems and western empirical sciences

Today, humanity is faced with planetary crises compounded by the disconnect between modern society and nature. We posit that these crises are rooted in the lack of understanding and engagement with deeper meaning and value of place.

Indigenous cultures and their systems and structures offer ways of thinking, being, and doing that can restore and sustain balance. An enriched sense of place offers both symbolic and empirical dividends to the communities it serves.

The vibrant Hawaiian culture that flourishes in harmony with the natural resources available to its people continues to offer a powerful and timely model for mutually beneficial relationships between human and natural systems in Hawaiʻi and the global community. Aloha ʻĀina invites innovation and creativity in our academic and scholarly enterprise to transform students and create engaged citizens who care for our people and our places in order to serve our islands and our planet.

What is sustainability?

Sustainability is defined as “serving the needs of the present without jeopardizing the needs of the future.”

We refer to the principles of The Earth Charter which defines sustainability in all its dimensions: cultural, economic, environmental, and social.

We recognize the rich foundation of indigenous Hawaiian cultural values and knowledge, and seek to learn from this foundation in order to respond to climate change and sustainability challenges.

“We stand at a critical moment in Earth’s history, a time when humanity must choose its future. We must join together to bring forth a sustainable global society founded on respect for nature, universal human rights, economic justice, and a culture of peace.”

– The Earth Charter

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  • Renewable ocean resource technology focus of new book November 24, 2020
    OTEC is a process to produce energy using the temperature differences between warmer ocean surface waters and colder deep ocean waters. The post Renewable ocean resource technology focus of new book first appeared on University of Hawaiʻi System News.
  • Pacific Islands climate change summit addresses adaptation, management November 17, 2020
    UH Mānoa and UH Hilo will help host a virtual science summit for researchers, cultural and natural resource managers, officials, practitioners and stakeholders. The post Pacific Islands climate change summit addresses adaptation, management first appeared on University of Hawaiʻi System News.
  • $600K to develop local farmers, food supply November 6, 2020
    GoFarm Hawaiʻi has been addressing the issue of food security long before the COVID-19 health crisis. The post 0K to develop local farmers, food supply first appeared on University of Hawaiʻi System News.
  • Help for Kaua‘i farmers through CTAHR collaboration November 6, 2020
    The Kauaʻi CTAHR Cooperative Extension collaborated with local nonprofits to develop the CARES Act funded “Safe & Stable Kauaʻi Farms Initiative.” The post Help for Kaua‘i farmers through CTAHR collaboration first appeared on University of Hawaiʻi System News.
  • Mac nut pest study helps farmers manage crop loss November 4, 2020
    The study provides growers with a tool on when to apply pesticides to protect crops from the macadamia felted coccid. The post Mac nut pest study helps farmers manage crop loss first appeared on University of Hawaiʻi System News.
  • Buy local, revive ancient Hawaiian farming November 4, 2020
    Noa Kekuewa Lincoln will share equitable food systems strategies at a UH-sponsored virtual conference on economic recovery as a result of the pandemic. The post Buy local, revive ancient Hawaiian farming first appeared on University of Hawaiʻi System News.
  • Guy Kawasaki, Nainoa Thompson on Hawaiʻi’s economic recovery strategy November 3, 2020
    UH will host a 4-day virtual conference based on an economic recovery plan as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The post Guy Kawasaki, Nainoa Thompson on Hawaiʻi’s economic recovery strategy first appeared on University of Hawaiʻi System News.
  • Architecture students craft award-winning pieces using local wood November 2, 2020
    Students earned awards at the Innovation+Imagination Student Challenge, which is on exhibit as a “show within a show” at Hawaiʻi's Woodshow. The post Architecture students craft award-winning pieces using local wood first appeared on University of Hawaiʻi System News.

Sustainability, COVID-19 and more in UH Foundation magazine

May 13, 2020

“Our mission is to educate young people,” said MAʻO Organic Farms co-founder Kukui Maunakea-Forth, “to create a workforce and to create opportunities.” As Hawaiʻi embraces sustainable approaches to island living, problem-solvers bring forward advances in energy, agriculture and education; completely off-grid housing; and internships for careers in locally grown produce.

Also, the University of Hawaiʻi Office of Sustainability demonstrates what Hawaiʻi’s future can be. These stories, and UH’s many responses to the unpredictable flux of life during a pandemic, are highlighted in the spring 2020 issue of UH Magazine for alumni and friends.

Read the full story at: http://go.hawaii.edu/Ls3

Biocultural restoration of traditional agriculture contributes to Hawaiʻi’s sustainability goals

As part of the largest collection of scientific publications authored by Native Hawaiians that focuses on biocultural restoration in Hawaiʻi, an interdisciplinary research team from the University of Hawaiʻi at MānoaThe Nature Conservancy of Hawaiʻi (TNC) and the community-based non-profit Kakoʻo ʻŌiwidemonstrated how biocultural restoration of traditional agriculture (loʻi kalo) produces healthy local food, supports vibrant communities and provides clean water to downstream coral reef and fish pond ecosystems.

At the same time, the research team showed how such biocultural restoration efforts can significantly contribute to State of Hawaiʻi sustainability goals around local food production, carbon neutrality and ecosystem protection. Read full story at http://go.hawaii.edu/KRG

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Last modified: October 28, 2020
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